Meditations on Paintings

Urban painting of an ambulance called Emergency Run by Cathy Read ©2016 watercolour and acrylic ink painting

Everyday Drama in an Urban Painting

Speeding through the City Street. An ambulance on an emergency run dominates this urban painting. The bright yellow and blue vehicle hurtles past, on the opposite carriageway, heading to a shout. Its yellow paintwork reflecting on the surrounding walls. Although it doesn’t seem to hurry at all, does it? Frozen in time, it’s ever on …

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Painting of Deansgate in Manchester by artist Cathy Read featuring new Tower blocks, cars and railway bridge

Deansgate Painting – Musing on a Dark City

Urban Romance Cities have romantic charm at night. The dark shadows in low light hide the flaws painfully obvious in the harsh light of day. In this Deansgate painting, the coloured lights seem like fairy lights on a Christmas tree. Shadows merge shapes, and the imagination can often offer interesting and unnerving interpretations, of what …

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Painting of Yellow tram outside Manchester City Art Gallery created by Artist Cathy Read

Manchester Tram Leaving St Peter’s Square

A bright yellow Manchester tram The yellow paintwork is a distinctive feature of the Manchester tram, making them easy to spot as they approach. This one dominates the bottom of the image, declaring Piccadilly as its destination. It reminds me of a previous painting Piccadilly Bound, I wonder if it’s the same one? Mosley Street …

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Painting of the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford by Artist Cathy Read featuring the historic building reflected in puddles

Sheldonian Theatre Reflections Meditation

Sheldonian Theatre Reflections in puddles on Broad Street. Oxford has some impressive edifices, especially on Broad Street right in the university’s heart. The Theatre has been the proud location of graduations and performances, recitals and you name it – a hub of cultural activity aligned with Oxford’s rich cultural heritage. The theatre has steadfastly served …

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