©2016 - Cathy Read - Wedding Bus- Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm

The London Wedding Bus – Transport Class

Some transport of a different style this week

The Wedding Bus!

After Last week’s bike post, I’m scaling things up. Curiously, this picture wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t spotted last weeks subject matter.

Everybody loves a Wedding and the old red London buses, so why not combine the two? Wedding Transport has always been an issue, espcially if the wedding venue and reception are held in different places.

One October day, I was wandering around looking for inspiration. Leaving the tube station at Green Park near the Ritz I was on the lookout. After spotting some bikes and I moved around to get a better angle. The bikes were close to a tourist bus stop, so I took a few pictures of those first. Then moved on looking for something else.
Thats when the Wedding buses came along, all three of them.
I lined up to take the shot and missed it completely. Quickly I took another and succeeded at capturing blurred streaks. One last shot, and I captured…

This is the point where I should dazzle you with an astounding tale of the perfect photograph, but I’m an artist, not a photographer. The final picture was still blurry but a “good enough” composition.

You can sharpened an image, that’s the beauty of paintings!




Starting off with the painting phase.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Wedding Bus Work in Progress- Watercolour and Acrylic

No graphite image since the drawing proved a head-ache, I did say the original was blurred, didn’t I?

Like last weeks bike painting, this one tied up with a workshop, as my grand reveal.

Which means there's a photo of me in action at the event.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Wedding Bus Work in Progress- removing the masking 600
Wedding Bus Work in Progress - Cathy Read removing the masking

There is also a video, but it was taken from too far away, so you can’t really see what’s happening. Finally, I ended up with this…

©2016 - Cathy Read - Wedding Bus- Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm
Wedding Bus - ©2016 - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm

Large, dark areas are always a challenging area in any painting, the salt worked its magic particularly well for this one. There’s a serendipitous element to unsing watercolour paints, it’s part of the unique charm of original art created in the medium.

Next time I’ll show you some signs, and that is all I’m prepared to say until then.




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