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46 Thatched Roof – Original Painting


Thatched Roof is the Forty sixth of the 4950 Paintings. The image is of The Old Thatched Inn in Adstock near Buckingham. The painting is signed on the back 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
Thatched Roof is the Forty sixth 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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46 Thatched Roof

I’ve always shied away from painting thatched buildings. They have an annoying tendency to end up looking twee and chocolate box like. So, this subject was one I was dreading. The tatch is dark brown. It’s an old thatch, the honey yellow colour of newness has gone. More of a nut brown and cinnamon spice. 5 windows are set into the thatch. We can see the near most ones are made of diamond pattern leaded glass. Clear where the light has reflected on them. The diamonds have vanished in the nearer windows.

Below the thatch, golden yellow orange and deep brick red mark the walls. The nearest parts showing herringbone brickwork patterns in a timber frame structure. A tiny roof protrudes forwards from the second window, indicating the position of the porch entrance below.

On top of the thatched roof 2 chimneys rise up sporting 3 terracotta red pots. Each one capped with a cage to prevent nesting birds from making a home. The overall result is the impression of candles sitting atop a birthday cake. One of those elaborate fondant decorated ones.

You see, I can’t win! The thatch is conspiring against me.


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