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MOSI Grey – Original Painting


MOSI Grey – An original painting by Cathy Read.
Created in England in 2016. The painting is 43cm high by 59 cm wide. Framed size is

The painting includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing – The painting is sold framed in black with double off white mount. Images are for guidance only

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.

MOSI Grey – Original Painting

About the Image


Painting grey without a grey is a problem.

People often ask my why I use such bright colours. It’s quite simple really. When I first started creating these pictures I had 8 colours. Magenta, Process cyan, yellow, deep purple, black, white, orange and green.I use the paints neat and rely on them mixing on the page. It means you have to get creative with the process. Like when I did the Barbican.

Since then I have discovered there are more subtle and deeper colours available. I’m adding to them to fill the gaps, yet I cannot bring myself to buy a grey. I always find other colours I NEED more.

Then I go and decide to paint a grey building, with grey pavement and road, MOSI Grey is the result


Manchester has a reputation for rain.

That is unless you live there, and then you realise the lie. Having said that, there are plenty of grey buildings around. Take the fabulous Science Museum. If ever there was a candidate for the use of grey ink, this is it. But I resisted. Take a closer look at the result.


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.


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