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15 Well Street School – Original Painting


The Original Painting 15 Well Street School is of the former school on Well Street Buckingham. The painting is signed and framed in white painted wood, with a double mount off white on top of black mount. Includes a certificate of authenticity.

About the Picture
15 Well Street School is the fifteenth of the 4950 Paintings.. A Series created in 2018 as part of a challenge to create 50 paintings of architectural details on buildings in Buckingham and surrounding villages. No building was used twice and no feature repeated unless there was a distinguishing characteristic of the feature.

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About the painting

The gable end of the school is typical of municipal buildings throughout the UK. The red brick arch windows speak of lofty ideas beneficence and learning. Whether the pupils are the same I can’t say. Knowing children, I suspect most dislike the place although many would have had doors opened to them. For those who know the place, there are memories. For those who went to school elsewhere, only speculation.
Raw and burnt sienna are the overriding colours. Even the sky has picked up large splatters of raw sienna. The details are clear and strong on the left hand side, becoming more sketchy and impressionistic to the right. Patches of orange, yellow ochre and red earth hint at brickwork. Elsewhere, the ridge of the roof is decorated with looped coping stones. The right hand edge marked with smooth, straight lines, defined by dark purple ink, diffusing into long spidery tentacles reaching for the sky.

I always think of these tendrils as representing energy flowing from life lived within the buildings. Schools have a particular energy. So much young potential is let loose within these walls. Some set a course to fly and open new horizons. Some destined to fail.

I firmly believe that all children have the potential to fly, if we give them the education they need.


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