Tuesday 20 July 2010

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My skill as a watercolourist is sorely lacking. However, here is a little sketch of our village church door.

Very typical of a small French medieval country church doorway, the stonework is embellished with a heart, two 'pinacles', and a carved ball. These elements are usually the sculptor's trade marks, and on the facade of old barns one finds similar carvings on the key-stone above the main arched doorways.

Our church is a fine simple building which is naturally the focal point of the village. Everything happens either in it, beside it, or opposite it. I have even exhibited in it. Its original purpose is probably the only thing that is now mostly ignored. Ah, how times change.

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  1. Bah! Wish my watercolours were half as good as your sketch...
    It is a pretty church. I went to a baroque concert there last year. Enchanting surroundings.

  2. It's a pity it's not used more often for such things. Mostly Matches and Dispatches these days.

  3. How did you know I had been pondering that lovely church? Actually, I wanted to see more of it in your village picnic post the other day. Wonderful sketch. Watercolor is not the easiest medium to work with.

  4. I agree that watercolor is a difficult medium, but you did a great job capturing all the colors of the stone, and that sort of dark, heavy wood of the door. I wish I could paint like this!

  5. I clicked on the picture like I do and actually the sketch is very good. Is that the same little church where the picnic was held?

  6. Yes Molly, but from the other side.


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