Under the Gherkin Painting – Original Painting


Under the Gherkin paintingis an original Artwork by Cathy Read. It’s part of the London series of paintings and was created in 2013.

Framing: The painting is currently unframed, framing will be arranged in white.frame with double mount off white and dark grey.  Please allow up to three weeks for framing. The painting is 40 cm high x 30 cm wide, framed size is approx 58cm high x 48cm wide.

Framed images are for guidance only and may differ slightly from the actual framing.

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The Gherkin is a popular London Landmark but it’s equally fascinating when you get close to it. The Under the Gherkin painting shows a view of the walkway that circles the base. We’re by one of the cafe’s situated there.

I imagine it gets pretty busy at lunchtime on a weekday. Although the opposite is true of a weekend when the financial district is fairly quiet. This was a quiet Saturday afternoon. When the man leaning is checking his phone and the one in the distance takes photographs. There’s always a photographer near the Gherkin! I decided to use the pink tones after my printer ran out of blue and I liked the resulting image.

As the pictures show, Under the Gherkin was selected for the Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Art Exhibition at Bankside Gallery in 2014.

You can read about its creation here.

Framing:- This artwork is sold framed in dark wood.

Dimensions of picture: 39× 29 × 0.2 cm (unframed) / 38× 28 cm (actual image size) Frame is approximately 55 x 45 x 3cm

Creation: The Under the Gherkin painting  is created on watercolour paper. Cathy draws the lines with masking fluid to a planned arrangement 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 picture.


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