Balliol Door – Original Painting
About the Image
The lone figure strolls past the Balliol door, deep in conversation on her phone.
She pushes a blue bike, one that matches her phone. Her face is obscured. She focuses on that all important call. We can’t tell if she’s as a student or just a regular citizen, about her business. Oxford is an old city, with so many narrow streets and alleys that it is often quicker to walk or cycle from A to B. Rather than use a car or the bus. Not that you don’t take your life in your hands when you cycle around Oxford. Cars blame the cyclist’s disregard for rules, and cyclists blame cars for their failure to spot the smaller, vulnerable cyclists. As always, in these cases, there is usually truth on both sides of the argument, but I digress.
We are stolling by Balliol College, one of Oxford University’s premier colleges.
Creation: Masking fluid is painted onto watercolour paper to create an image. This is covered with a watercolour wash and covered with clingfilm. The picture is further developed using acrylic inks once the film is removed. The masking is removed after several layers are added and allowed to dry. Revealing the final picture.