Wondering if my art has gone down the drain?
You’d be forgiven for thinking it has, but drains are something we take for granted. Painting Architecture, drains are included as details but not usually as the main feature. They are an essential part of daily life, yet most of us never give them a second thought until they stop working. They are not considered pretty, until they’re out of action for a while. Once fixed, they are a beautiful sight.
But are they worthy of being made into art?
I think so, and when painting architecture details, I couldn’t omit drains from the series. I mean, they are everywhere! And I will be including other plumbing features.
So why not present the humble drain?
Finding a suitable drain was a challenge. Plenty of them to choose from, so which one?
Finally, I spotted this one by the Buckingham Inn.
Nothing spectacular about the drain itself, but the angle appealed, along with the plants trying to grow in any crevice they could find. I love a war between man and nature and these little plants seem to be winning the battle.
Here’s the painting as a work in progress.
The result, after the painting was complete and the masking removed.
So there you have my drain picture.
Do you think drains can be pretty now?
Hopefully, you’ll see them in a whole new light.
In January 2018 I set myself a challenge to create 50 paintings in a year. All the paintings are/will be 49 sq inches and are of architecture details. The buildings used are near my base of Buckingham in the UK. They will be a mix of commonplace features, like drains, along with some unique elements found nowhere else, like the Twisted Chimney on The Manor House in Church Street.
The full list of architectural features I intend to paint are here. Some, such as the chimney, I’ve already selected what I’m going to do. Others are to be determined. I’ve now got a number of images sorted, some I’ve a shortlist but still to make a final decision. Many slots still require filling, the most imminent is a Brace, I know I’ve seen them around, just can’t quite remember where.
So, there’s still a chance to influence my work.
If you live near Buckingham and have any suggestions, then please drop me a line using the form below, with the item number and your suggestion. Maybe you’ll inspire me?