Notes on type of Brickwork Patterns – Watercolour on Textured Card

Its a good idea to keeps notes of things which have been successful. It acts as a reference as well as saving you having to “re-invent the wheel”. I thought I would include this to show my thinking.

I need to investigate the way bricks were laid for my next painting so I dug out my notes. (My painting was to be copied from a photo I took in New York). I keep notes like this in case they might come in handy. I was surprised to see that these were dated 1988.

The top four vignettes show bricks laid in the simplest of patterns this being known as a “Common Bond”. It’s structurally weak and is only used for small walls such as those found in gardens. For a wall to have strength bricks have to be laid across the wall as well. If the brickwork uses variation in the way it’s formed, the wall becomes more interesting to look at, as well. In my photograph, the pattern used looked like a “Flemish” or “English” bond but was slightly different. It consists of one course of bricks across (headers) with alternating courses of bricks along, (stretchers). To further complicate things the stretchers courses also varied first with three courses, then with five, each group separated by a course of headers. I looked it up and discovered its proper name is, appropriately” a “American Bond”. I’ve added an example of this to the foot of the page.