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23 Pebble Alcove – Original Painting


About 23 Pebble Alcove

When you think of architecture, you think of straight lines, sharp angles and smooth curves. Well. I do at least. Pebble alcove has none of those. It feels like the architectural equivalent of “Jammin’” – made up on the spot. Each piece added at whim. The pattern on the roof suggests a rhythm, but each repeat is different, open to interpretation, a seemingly random moment unrelated to the previous one. And yet, taken as a whole, it works. It’s a building that suggests the character of its creator. Forget that, it positively screams what he was like, and I’m assuming it was a he.
The Pebble Alcove painting is created in earthy tones of golden ochre, burnt umber, and nut brown. The white lines tracing a wild and fanciful path. A fan like construction spreading out, glowing against the grey outer wall. This grey is occasionally interrupted by a few deep pink blooms. In the lower section you can make out zodiac symbols among the random arrays of stones, or rather pebbles. For that is what these tiny dots are, pebbles stuck onto the cement by ancient hands to create a whimsy, a folly

Pebble Alcove is the twenty third 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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An original painting by Cathy Read Pebble Alcove is the twenty-third of the 4950 Paintings. The Pebble Alcove is one of the Temples at Stowe Landscape Gardens, 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.



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