But on the other hand, it’s not surprising at all. As I don’t sketch on Sundays (it’s my day of rest and worship) and when I attend church I’m more focused on the worship service (coming into the presence of God) and the people there than I am thinking about the building or sketching it. The church has also been under scaffolding for a number of years so it’s only recently that it’s been possible to draw it.
As I’ve been sketching regularly in the City all year it’s been my intention to make time to capture the outside of the church. I decided to wait until winter so that I could see the full facade… but the trees in front were late to lose their leaves and then other things prevented me. I was also waiting until I moved from a square sketchbook to a vertical format.
So three weeks ago I finally got an opportunity to sit down opposite it.
As my notes below said, I’m so incredibly emotionally attached to this place but I actually don’t know the building at all. I’ve never really studied it – so as I sketched it I was making lots of discoveries. This often happens when I start to sketch a subject I’m familiar with – I suddenly see it in a whole new way.
But what made sketching this building particularly special was the fact that I was swamped with all kinds of memories – from my childhood, from my teenage years and from my university days ( I did an assignment on the building and one day climbed up the steeple and rang the bell). I also remembered friends’ weddings and Sabbath school lessons.
Even though the building’s volumes are not that complex there are a number of very interesting details, added elements and changes in wall planes (all concepts from my Buildings course!) So I had to do some secondary drawings to work them out.
Overall I consider this a tricky building to sketch. And so I’m looking forward to doing many more versions of it!