Lisa of “Design and Destination” has challenged us to make time each week to create a pencil sketch. Lisa is a great inspiration, do click on the link to see the amazing project she is involved in and the people she is helping and inspiring in a painting project in Ecuador.
Now Lisa’s motto is “an artist’s eyes never sleep” and I am finding, even though I do not class myself as an artist, I am now looking for some thing that I may be able to sketch. Some thing that is not too complicated, that stays still and that will be with in my capabilities as a learner.
Well this week as I took the dogs for a walk I passed this old church. It was nestled in among houses. It had a charm and simplicity that really appealed to me and I decided I would go back later to try to draw it.
It was not easy, but this is what I produced…
St Marks Chapel of Ease
Then I compared what I thought I had seen and drawn to what the camera captured.
The cute little church I had drawn was a very fore-shortened version of the real thing. The proportions and perspective I had drawn just were not the same as in the photo.
So here is the photo for comparison.
St Marks Church
So I decided to have another go, but this time I would draw from the photo.
Well I think I am a bit nearer to the real thing but I did not feel so much satisfaction drawing from the photo as I did standing in front of the church and next to the 1826 year old grave stone. I think the ambience and atmosphere was missing when I sat in front of the computer.
St Marks Church drawn from the photo
You’ll notice I have taken some artistic licence leaving out the drain pipe.
This description, written so many years ago, paints a picture in my mind of how it was back then. The gum trees are long gone and the quaint little church is surrounded by modern day houses and used as a scout hall, but as I stood drawing it I could visualize the gum trees and hear the cracked bell. Drawing it gave me a great deal of satisfaction.