Vanishing Buttresses and other trials: 4950 Challenge #14

Completed painting of a buttress on Maids Moreton Church showing details of a leaded window and big wooden door Vanishing Buttress -©2018 - Cathy Read - 14 of 4950 Series - Watercolour-and-Acrylic-17.8x17.8cm - £145

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

You know the phrase “The devil is in the details?

It’s been proving something of a challenge to focus on the detail close up, rather than a view of the building. I’ve had a few challenges with this challenge, like with the Radclive Church Tower and Chantry Chapel gate, where I’ve had to accept the creeping in of surrounding details.

This week was particularly challenging.

Painting a buttress should be easy. But the one I chose was tall and slim, which means some door and windows have crept in. How dare they!
I could have probably managed if I hadn’t restricted the size and proportions.

Another potential way could be a downward view.

Not sure how I would achieve that without a helicopter and a good head for heights. Hmm…

Here’s the Buttress as a work in progress.

Painting in progress of buttress on Maids Moreton Church showing details of a leaded window and big wooden door
©2018-Cathy-Read-14-Buttress-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-WIP-17.8×17.8cm

I’ve had to hold myself back on this one. The temptation to keep painting was very strong, but I’d developed some lovely areas in the first phase that needed to be kept.

The finished piece tells me I did the right thing.

Completed painting of a buttress on Maids Moreton Church showing details of a leaded window and big wooden door
©2018-Cathy-Read-14-Buttress-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-17.8×17.8cm

The buttress seems to have melded into the background more than I’d intended. Maybe this one should be “Find the Buttress”?

Or “Vanishing Buttress”?

The building’s Maids Moreton Parish Church, in case you’re wondering. It will be available as a print as soon as I can get one sorted.

My other 4950 prints are at the Tourist Information Centre in Buckingham

Tourist Information Centre Washing line of 4950 prints. Architectural details found in Buckingham and local area
TIC Washing line of 4950 prints of Buckingham and local area

And I’ve put some in Claydon Gallery as well.

Now I need to focus on my Open Studio, this Friday!

If you can make it, You’ll be able to see all the 4950 paintings created so far.

 

Find out more about the 49 50 Challenge

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