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39 Heart Keyhole – Original Painting


Heart Keyhole is the thirty ninth of the 4950 Paintings. The image is of a keyhole on a building on Castle Street near the Parish church 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
Heart Keyhole painting is the thirty ninth of the 4950 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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39 Heart Keyhole

I chose this keyhole for its heart shape. What is it about hearts that makes them so popular for keys and keyholes? It’s a rhetorical question. The heart is a universal symbol of love and devotion. Who first made the connection, I wonder?

This little keyhole is weathered a little rusty, and has shapes carved into it. A metaphor for all our hearts really. Weathered by time, not used enough for some people and others who leave permanent narks on it.

The original image has white door behind, but that was too restricting. I wanted to show the marks and weathering. So I added some magenta. Make of it what you will. Magenta is a passionate colour. It demands attention. You almost don’t notice the blue and yellow and purples. The spots of rust and shadows on the keyhole.

Keyholes are access. The key unlocks the door, but it has to be the right key. We’re all curious about locked doors and what lies behind.


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