The Knowledge – Original Painting
About the Image:
Naming things can be hard, can’t it? I remember how hard it was figuring out the right name for each of our children when they were born. The sense of responsibility, and importance of getting it right, weighed heavily.
Deciding on the right name for a painting can be equally challenging although the consequences of failure are less onerous.
Good painting titles are elusive things. You either end up with something dull, contrived or twee and sometimes, all three. With this Manchester University Painting, the title was there as soon as I started work…
It’s The Knowledge.
In the background is the main Manchester University building. A Victorian edifice created to enable the pursuit of knowledge. The Taxi in the foreground inspired my thinking as I started painting. I remembered how London taxi drivers are required to do “The knowledge” before they can get their license. It occurred to me that most licensed taxis would need some version of this on a local level.
How the image is created: 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.