Express Essence – Express building painting


Express Essence – original art by Cathy Read. The Express building painting is an early example of the style.

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Traveling along Great Ancoats Street in Manchester you cannot help but notice the subject of this Express building painting. Home of the Daily Express but now in new hands, it’s distinctive style has aged well. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was quite a new building. The fact it’s nearly 80 years old is a testament to it’s innovative design. A building that was even more impressive when it was still in use with the printing pressing running at full speed. All visible from the street, and an even better view when seen from the top deck of a bus.
About the painting
The Express building painting was created in 2012, the picture is 50cm wide by 40 cm high, actual image 49cm x 39cm.
Express Essence is sold framed, White frame with double matt off white and dark greyCreation
The picture is painted on watercolour paper. I start off with a detailed pencil drawing. I then draw over the lines with masking fluid before painting it with a watercolour wash which gets covered with clingfilm. Once this is removed the picture is further developed using acrylic inks which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final Express building painting.


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