Looking for Urban Art inspiration? Take a walk.

Urban art inspiration from the back streets of London©2012 - Cathy Read - Which way - Mixed media -38 x 28cm

It’s an elusive thing, the artistic muse. Urban Art inspiration happens in the strangest places. Sometimes it’s obvious, and others it creeps up on you.

When I’m looking for Urban Art inspiration, I take a hike and wander around London? (Or Manchester, or whatever city draws my attention.

Take a walk off the beaten path. Slip down a side street or an alley and you’ll find treasures to behold.

Sometimes Urban Art inspiration’s an abandoned scene

Like the one that inspired White Bicycle here.

Painting of a White bicycle glowing in the sunlight propped up against railings in Manchester. White Bicycle- ©2015 - Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic - 40 x 50 cm
White Bicycle – ©2015 – Cathy Read

You can read the full story behind this one here.

Or the way the buildings come together, like in Which Way

©2012 - Cathy Read - Which way - Mixed media -38 x 28cm
©2012 – Cathy Read – Which way – Mixed media -38 x 28cm

Which Way is a Lime Street view looking towards the Gherkin. The way the buildings curve along this road really caught my eye. It’s choc full of interesting features! But then much of London is, if you enjoy Architecture.

Oh, and BTW, the Lloyds building on the left is one of my favourite inspirational subjects and has crept into a number of my urban painting scenes..

Or just a wall can encourage urban art.

Reflected glory came from a fascination with the adjacent structures on a part of wall, the brickwork, marble and pipe, with a tantalising glimpse of a car in the window.

©2017-Cathy-Read-Reflected-Glory Painting of brickwork and window reflecting a car in watercolour-and-Acrylic-on-paper-40-x-50-cm
Reflected Glory – ©2017 -Cathy-Read

Then there are hidden gems,

Like this Gold Grasshopper, for instance, on Lombard Street. It’s been there a while.

©2015 - Cathy Read - Golden Locust - Watercolour and Acrylic -21 x 29.7 cm
©2015 – Cathy Read – Golden Locust – Watercolour and Acrylic -21 x 29.7 cm

And I could go on.

If you’re seeking Urban Art inspiration you can see more of what’s inspired me by checking out my portfolio.


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