Cygnet Cinema Como

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Down in Como this morning with the plein air painting group, outside the Cygnet Cinema on Preston Street, built in 1938 and originally named the “Como Theatre” it’s a great example of Art Deco styling with a nautical theme. An ocean liner ready to raise steam….port hole windows, tubular handrails and a curving bow at one end, all in a delicate shade of pink! I drew out the perspective lines in pencil first as it was a complex structure (the curve and the fact that the building is set on a hillside sloping down to the river). Inked over with De Atramentis waterproof black then having erased the pencil, I went for it with watercolour in my trusty Pentel waterbrushs (broad and fine). The pink colour was a particular challenge, especially as I’d parked myself on a street bench in full sunshine which dried paint on the palette very quickly.

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This second drawing is a quick ink sketch from the other side of the building looking up the street. I really love the mural of Alfred Hitchcock painted on the side of the wall, I haven’t really captured his haughty look, and some perspective is rather “off”, but it was fun scribbling.


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