Bobbies on Bicycles (2015)
Mixed Media painting by Cathy S R Read SWA


  • Mixed Media painting, Paper on board
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 1.18 × 25 × 19.09 in (framed) / 17.72 × 23.62 × 0.2 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold framed
  • Signed on the front

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Cathy S R Read SWA

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

Some paintings happen as a result of chance encounters.

On my way to the Society of Women Artists Exhibition in June 2015 I decided to get my phone out, as it was a glorious evening. Leaving Trafalgar square, a large group of policemen on bicycles headed towards me.
I immediately thought of the Bobby and the Bicycle.

Quintessentially English, all it needs is a telephone box and a union flag to complete the image. The British Bobby has been a national icon for decades. Times have changed and so has the police force. Today’s bobbies on bicycles are wildly different from the Dixon of Dock Green image.

You can see the full blog article on this painting at this link.

It goes into a little more detail about the creation and includes my reference image.

The picture is painted on watercolour paper which has been stuck onto plywood using acrylic medium. 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 picture.

The painting comes in an oak box frame, without a mount

Materials used:

Watercolour and Acrylic ink on Watercolour paper stuck onto plywood sheet using acrylic gel medium.

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