Castlefield Basin – Original Painting
About the Image:
This little gem of a canal is in the heart of Manchester – or is it Salford? I’d better check. Yep, it’s Manchester. This is the progress of the painting of Castlefields Basin.
I love canals, I grew up near the Rochdale Canal and it was always a go to place. Even though there was very little water in it and the lock gates were replaced with a concrete block, it was a tranquil place. That and the proximity to Mars. It was common knowledge that, if you were outside the railings during delivery times, the probability of boxes being broken “by accident” and it raining down chocolate bars was high. We might possibly have uttered words of encouragement…
An initial pencil drawing onto watercolour paper was created. These lines were then drawn over using masking fluid. Next, they were painted using watercolour paint and acrylic ink. Several layers of paint were built up. Salt was also used in the process and some of the ink blown around using a straw. Once the painting was dry the masking fluid was removed to reveal the finished painting.