4950 Challenge Painting Architecture Details #3 Is my art going down the drain?

Painting of drain with plants growing in cracks Painting by Cathy Read, watercolour and acrylic ink

In January 2018 I set about completing 50 paintings of Architectural Aspects by 31st December. The 49/50 Painting Challenge was born. Find out more.

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.

Paintings in progress of Painting of drain with plants growing in cracks Painting by Cathy Read, watercolour and acrylic ink
©2018 – Cathy Read – 3 Drain- Watercolour and Acrylic – 17.8×17.8cm

The result, after the painting was complete and the masking removed.

Painting of drain with plants growing in cracks Painting by Cathy Read, watercolour and acrylic ink
©2018-Cathy-Read-3-Drain-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-17.8×17.8cm

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.

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