This is a print of the Toast Rack Painting which was shortlisted for the Artist of the Year Exhibition run by Artist and Illustrator magazine, and received the Wild and Tame Award.
The Hollings building or Toast rack is a well known landmark and used to be part of the university.
It’s a hard building to photograph as the angles I preferred were on the northern side, which meant they were dark. One of the reasons I love photo editing software, ah, the adjust lighting setting. So handy! I decided to empasise the arches which give it the characteristic Toast Rack appearance and there happened to be a beautiful bush that was in full and magnificent flower. I often wonder about the stories that buildings could tell, and I imagine they are many and varied in the case of the Toast Rack. Student life can be colourful and exciting and the painting reflects that.
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.