We love to celebrate birthdays especially kids, counting down to when they are 5 or 10 years old. As we get older, we celebrate milestone birthdays like 50, 60 and even up to 100! However, can you imagine a 290th birthday? Well, recently a church in my area celebrated its 290th birthday! Can you imagine? That is quite a feat to still be in existence after all that time. Definitely worth acknowledging.
As part of the celebration event, I was commissioned to draw the church. The time frame was short but I was pleased to be able to do this piece for the event.
Below you can see my process:
Here I have my sketch transferred to 8 x 10 sanded pastel paper and taped to the drawing board (that blue painter's tape is nice to use; easier to get off when I'm done). I like the texture of this paper. The color pencil will blend almost like pastel. Here, I have started with the sky and then the dark roof and white church.
It wasn't until I started working on this drawing that I realized there were green shutters in the steeple. Amazing the things I find once I study a photo to create artwork. I also decided to add aqua and blue to the windows because I wanted to show the light within shining out. I've also started to add a little more color and shadows to other areas.
More filled in here. More color and shading everywhere to build depth. I'm using pinks and a light lavender color for the shadows. I've added the lawn area and part of the parking lot to help ground the building. You'll notice I didn't use gray for the parking lot area. That looked too boring to me. I decided for various purples, pinks and blues. I like that much better.
I was happy that I was able to do this artwork to celebrate the 290th birthday of the First Congregational Church of Scarborough. It was really a fun event. You can see some pictures and video at www.facebook.com/fccscarbourough/
Upon request, I have also created notecards and prints of this drawing and they are available for purchase. I will donate a portion of all sales of these items to the First Congregational Church of Scarborough. Thanks!
Church note cards - Boxed set of 6
These note cards were created from the original colored pencil artwork commissioned for the 290th anniversary of the First Congregational Church Scarborough.
The boxed set includes six 5 x 7 cards with a premium glossy surface to enhance the cover image. The inside has a matte finish making it easy to write on.
A portion of all the sales will be donated to the church.
Church print - First Congregational Church Scarborough
$15.00 - $20.00
5 x 7 print of the original colored pencil artwork commissioned for the 290th anniversary of the First Congregational Church Scarborough in 2018.
A portion of all sales will be donated to the church.