This fanlight painting is on a building I’ve wanted to paint for many years. Once a prominant victim of decay, it’s undergone a recent transformation. Keeping many of the features that attracted my attention, now it looks cared for. It’s a wonderful example of how function and the aesthetic can be combined.
Creating the fanlight painting flagged up a common problem I have in all my work, how to tackle grey. I don’t have a grey ink and prefer not to mix colours as this takes some of the vibrancy away. Plus, mixing grey requires the use of white and that tends to be thick an opaque. i could use very thin washes, but that feels too bland. So I went with shades of indigo, and green, blue and black for the shadows.
44 – Fanlight – Cathy Read – ©2018 – Watercolour and Acrylic – 17.8×17.8cm SOLD
I struggled with the subject for the fanlight painting. Partly because I was keen to do this one, but mainly because there is soo much choice. I mean, walk around Buckingham and look above the house doors. The variety, even in a small place like Buckingham is astounding.
Answer: Painting 43 is a house on Main Street in Gawcott opposite the footpath leading up to the Parish Church
Number 46Fanlight is part of Cathy Read’s 4950 series. You can see them all together in the Chantry Chapel exhibition 12-15th April 2019.