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26 Doorstep – Original Painting


Doorstep is the twenty-sixth of the 4950 Paintings. The image is of the doorstep of a house on Castle Street in 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
Doorstep is the twenty sixth of the 49/50 Painting Challenge. 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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26 Doorstep

I love the colours in this painting. The doorstep is more like a flight of steps but this one appealed. The weathered nature of the steps. The little towers at each side. There appears to be a twist in the nearer one but it’s actually an illusion caused by erosion.

The colours remind me of how stone develops a green hue as it ages. Algae and moss build up and into the cracks and crevices.

The bottom left and top right were almost black, but the salt and water have separated out the composite colours in the ink providing subtle shades of pink and brown.

The steps themselves are grand. Each one capped with stone. The leading edges marked with a diamond pattern of holes. Functional, eminently practical but attractive as well.

There are a few trails of blown ink, but most of the colours morph into adjacent colours, edges blurred and unrefined.

Bloom upon bloom. Random squiggles of ink help to modify colours. Hinting at stone on the wall coping stones, pale green on the door and lifting the darkness on the wall to the right.


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