7 Pattress Plate Painting – original painting by Cathy Read


Pattress Plate is the seventh of the 4950 Paintings. The plate is on the side of a house on Castle Street near the entrance to the Parish Church grounds 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
Pattress Plate is the seventh 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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7 Pattress Plate

Texture is the prevailing theme in this piece. The building is old. The signs of wear obvious hence the need for the petrol plate. Like a cartwheel bolted onto an axle but this is fixed to a rough old wall. Painted white but weathered with age.

The colours cast in shadows, nothing is ever truly white. Light bounces off everything and brings colour as it does.

The texture as on the pattress plate and the wall behind contrast with the regimented geometric brickwork to the left. The colours are obvious at first, then the lines of the alternating bricks forming a chessboard pattern. Hints of a window, to the top and bottom, frame the board. These angular blocks are in rigid fragmented placement compared to a unifying colour of the circle of the pattress plate. With spokes radiating from a central hub, crowned with a bolt and a piece of weathered rod.

The spares dividing the plate into wedges, each filled with textured patterns of dots and squiggles. Areas masked so that, once removed, all that remains are the page behind and the ghost of where the masking was.


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