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Inner Structure of an Idea – Original Painting


Inner Structure of an Idea – An original painting by Cathy Read. Created in England in 2012. The painting is 76cm high by 56 cm wide. The painting includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing: The painting is currently framed in oak with a single mount – off white. (Images are for guidance and may differ from the actual frame). The painting is 76cm high x 56cm wide, framed size is approx 96 high x 76 wide.

Care: Display under glass. Keep painting away from moisture, heat and bright lights or direct sunlight.

All copyrights are retained by the artist, and the artwork cannot be reproduced without consent from Cathy Read.

Availability: In stock

About the Image

Inner Stucture of an idea is my first attempt at a painting this size. It was a pivotal moment when I realised I needed to go large. Looking at abstract architecture painting, it’s tempting to wonder where it is. Speculation is fun but that would diminish the picture’s value.

Inspiration comes from everywhere. Sometimes, it’s a case of looking where you’re not expected to. Good architecture covers design from all angles and the Gherkin is a fine example of the importance of where you look. Cubes are easy, add another block. Curved triangular constructions require more creativity. This view is within the Gherkin structure, looking up in the entrance. Its sections and shapes are unique and come together in a delightful way. The angles and curves working together and creating something more.

An abstract architecture painting can be recognisable, it depends how abstract you want to go. I chose this close in view becuse it’s Distictive and intriguing. Does it matter that it’s part of a building? I’d say no. It may help to retain a sense of the place. It may even help you understand it, but knowing will restrict your interpretation. Block you from seeing something other, something more profound.

So now you know what it is, forget about it. Look at it as a series of shapes and colours and ask yourself, what do I see? Are your thoughts rooted in the architecture? Do you see other objects? Or maybe you see emotions or an idea? Give yourself permission to wonder and let your imagination go.

Creation: 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.


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