Not so much a snapshot in Time this painting conveys the passing of time. Areas of clear and sharp, like St Paul’s Cathedral and the cycle marks on the road in the foreground but most of the painting is textures and blurs as Traffic speeds on its way between the phases of the traffic lights.
The blue car waits at the Red. The evening is clear and the sun is setting after a period of heavy rain The wet roads reflecting the sky and street-lights in that rippled fashion characteristic of moving cars causing frequent disturbances in puddles. Night is drawing in but, like many cities London, is never fully dark at night. From humble street and vehicle lights to the spotlights proudly defining St Paul’s Cathedral, illumination is everywhere. Dark masses of trees obscure large areas but cannot fully cancel the brightness.
Notice the couple in the centre walking towards you? Perhaps having just stopped off at the red bus disappearing to the left. behind the foliage. Greenery that nearly dwarfs St Paul’s. The foreground is calm – nothing to see here. A sign marking the cycle route and for traffic to give way.
Pause and watch London life hurtles past and there and then it’s gone in an instant. Only to be replaced as something new and equally fascinating catches your attention.
London changes but remains the same…
Busy, bustling and bright!
Framing:- This artwork is sold framed in white with a double mount lower cinder and upper off white.
All copyrights are retained by the artist, and that the artwork cannot be reproduced without consent from Cathy Read.
The painting comes unframed and in an off white mount.with a certificate of authenticity.
How it was created?
This original painting of St Paul’s at Night was initially drawn with pencil onto watercolour paper and was created in England in 2017. 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.
The painting is 76cm high x 56cm wide. Framed approximately 96cm high x 76cm wide.
You can see the painting more closely in this video I did for Saturday Night Live Art Shows.