49 50 Paintings Challenge

Exhibition of art by Cathy Read's 4950 Painting Series Exhibition poster

Inspired by my Artist friend Alexandra Buckle who did a 50 print challenge in 2017. I decided to embark or my own version of a 50 painting challenge of architectural aspects found on local buildings.

To complete 50 paintings of Architectural Aspects

by 31st December 2018 or..

The 49 50 Paintings Challenge

(for short)

Using  #4950Paintings on Twitter and social media.

About the 49 50 Challenge:

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. All the paintings will be 7″ x 7″ –  that’s 49 square inches. Hence the title 49 50.

I’m kept them small intentionally, with the focus on architectural aspects or details allowing me to bring out the details in the same way I can in my larger paintings..

I’ll be scouting around Buckingham and surrounding area for inspiration.

Each painting will have a working title of a number and description so Number 1 is 1-Clock.  (Including the numbers are in the title allows me to keep tabs on where I am when I do a project of this nature.) I give them all more creative titles as I progress but my first priority is to do the paintings. So 1-Clock now has a title of “Marking Time”

Here’s the first finished piece.

©2018-Cathy-Read-1-Clock-Watercolour-and-Acrylic ink painting, Buckingham church, Painting 1 4950 Series, Marking time

©2018-Cathy-Read- 1 Marking Time or 4950 Series – SOLD

Here are the rest of the paintings

The paintings are for sale at £230 each, framed.

Here’s the list of Architectural Aspects

I worked systematically through the list, as much as possible. Some features proved hard to find and the final list did change.

NoArchitectural Aspect – TitlePainted?Location
1Clock face –
“Marking Time”
 Yes Buckingham Parish Church
2Railings –
“Silver Tips”
 Yes Main Street Tingewick
3drain –
“Down the Drain”
 Yes drain outside Buckingham Inn

“Chantry Gate”
 Yes Gate to Chantry Chapel
5Water pump

“Gawcott Pump”
 Yes Water pump in Gawcott
“Twisted Chimney”   SOLD
 Yes Twisted Chimney, Buckingham
“Pattress Plate”
 Yes Cottage on Castle Street
8door handle
“Cottage Latch”
 YesCottage on Well Street.
“Juliet Balcony”
 Yes Bridge Street shop
10Street light (wall) “Wall Street Light” Yes Market Square
“Brick Wall”
 YesCottage on the High Street, Buckingham
“Radclive Church
 Yes Radclive Church
“Water Tap”
 Yes Claydon Courtyard
“Vanishing Buttress”
 Yes Maids Moreton Church
15Gable end
“Gable End”
 Yes Well Street School/Centre
“Hand Rail”
 Yes Market Square, Buckingham
“Palladian Arch
 Yes Palladian Bridge at Stowe
18Door knob –
Door Knob
19 Stone (lattice) window Arch Window YesClaydon House
20Bolt changed to Temple Columns YesTemple at Stowe
21Spiral staircase to to Spiral StepsYesAlley by Town Hall in Buckingham
22Bolt – Gaol BoltYesInside the main door toOld Gaol, Buckingham
23Bell roof – changed to Pebble AlcoveYes Pebble Alcove, Stowe Landscape Gardens
24Shop/pub sign –
In Stitches
YesIn Stitches Shop on Well Street
25Crenellations –
Adstock Crenellations
YesAdstock Church
26DoorstepYesCastle Street, Buckingham
27Stained Glass Window
changed to
Weather Vane
 House in Tingewick
28Letterbox Letterbox in Buckingham
29Steps –
Hospital Steps
  Yes   Entrance Steps to Buckingham Hospital
30Street light (pole) –
Lamp Post
  Yes Lamp Post near the Parish Church in Buckingham.
31Gargoyle changed to Capital Detail Detail on a shop front in Bridge Street Buckingham.
32Bell – Gate Bell  Yes  Bell at Bell Gate at Stowe Landscape Gardens
33Metal Window Yes  
34Sundial Yes   
36Dormer Window Yes   
37Robot Door  Yes   
38Dome changed to
Timber framing
Yes  Opposite the Gaol
39Keyhole Yes   
40Mosaic Floor  Yes  
41Drainpipe Yes   
42Porch Yes   Entrance to Radcliff Centre on Church Street
43Tiled Roof Yes  House in Gawcott
44Fanlight Yes   The Garage, Well Street, Buckingham
45Pipework SculptureYes
46Thatched Roof detail  Yes Mitre Pub?
47Phone box detail Yes   
48Spire Yes  Claydon?
49Gate latch  
50Signpost Cattle Pens
All 50 of the 4950m paintings displayed unframed4950 paintings completed - ©2018 - Cathy Read - - Watercolour and Acrylic ink
4950 paintings completed – ©2018 – Cathy Read – – Watercolour and Acrylic ink

What will happen with the paintings?

The exhibition was at the Chantry Chapel in Buckingham.

There will be a book, eventually. All the paintings are for sale – Priced at £230 for each – which includes framing in a white stained wood frame with mount.

©2018 - Cathy Read - 4950 paintings frame  - Watercolour and Acrylic ink
©2018 – Cathy Read – 4950 paintings frame – Watercolour and Acrylic ink