Lean on Me – A4 Digital Print
About the Image
Ever get an earworm? I’m convinced most come from some subconscious association. Like the inspiration behind this Lean on Me painting I was looking at 2 of my favourite London buildings.
I often play with angles when I’m taking my reference photographs, and, in this one, the buildings seem to lean on each other. When I noticed the Cheesegrater supporting the Gherkin.I was immediately reminded of the Bill Withers song.
Lean on Me, when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.
It’s a beautiful lyric, and one that often comes to my mind in tough situations. In fact the whole song is an anthem to the concept of mutual support.
Since then I haven’t been able to think of a title more fitting for this painting.
Lean on Me was my submission piece when I was selected to participate in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016.
The original picture was created in England in 2016. This is a digital print copy on A4 watercolour paper.
How the original Painting was created
The original picture was initially drawn with pencil onto watercolour paper. These lines were then drawn over using masking fluid and then painted using watercolour paint and acrylic ink. 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.