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Framed size 16 ins x 20 ins.

Brick work is fun to paint, though it needs a lot of patience. Some bridges have an extreemly interesting patina. BW plastered them as it was cheaper than pointing, but now the brickwork is wearing off exposing an interesting pattern of bricks and plaster. Butcher's Bridge at Braunston is one such example. Each brick has to be individually painted, the size of each brick has to be carefully worked out allowing for perspective and the angle at which you are looking. The design of the courses needs to be followed, some will be horizontal but some will follow the line of the road, and some the curve of the arch.

To get it right, the vanishing points must be plotted to get it right, but not followed religiously. Lost and found becomes important, and then the shadows bring the bridge more into three dimensions.

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