When is a brace not a brace? Unexpected problems of a painting challenge.

Painting of a house detail with window, brickwork and Pattress plate

Part of the 49/50 Painting Challenge. Find out how it began here.

When you commence a Painting challenge, you know things may get tough.

So, I thought it would be helpful to write a list of architectural features so that I would have something to inspire me.

It kinda fell flat this week..

Why? Because the term is Brace and it’s so flexible. I mean a brace could be something holding up a chimney – like in last week’s Twisted Chimney or it could be supporting a roof structure.

But for this week’s painting challenge, I decided on the funny plates you see on old buildings. The ones that brace the walls and stop them collapsing. They are braces, right?

Picture of a house with window, brickwork and Pattress plate
©2018 – Cathy Read – 7 Brace reference digital image

Well yes, they do form a bracing function but, after a little research, I found they are actually called Anchor plates.

But even then, there are other names.

This particular type is called a Pattress plate.

I’m so glad I only create architecture paintings and don’t need to know the specific terms.

I love the star shape construction on this particular one. The original picture shows it’s been painted white, which proved an interesting challenge for my particular style. I was concerned that it might end up being overly pale on the right.

Here’s the work in progress image.

Work in progress of a painting of a house detail with window, brickwork and Pattress plate
©2018 – Cathy Read – 7 Brace – Watercolour and Acrylic – 17.8×17.8cm Painting in progress

But the finished result seems to have turned out well.

Painting of a house detail with window, brickwork and Pattress plate
©2018-Cathy-Read-7-Brace-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-17.8×17.8cm

I expected the hard part of a painting challenge would be, you know, the actual painting.

But as I progress I’m realising that’s the easy part!

Next week, it’s a door handle and I’ve found so may interesting shapes that I’ve no idea where to start.

I may need help!

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