Artist in Residence – St John the Baptist

St Johns Residency
My residency officially began with an introduction to the congregation on the 7th July. This being said I have been beforehand, spending time in the church painting, sketching and meeting the people that make up the church.  My first outing was arriving with a sketch book and sitting in the back of the church feeling a little conspicuous while I drew some quick sketches of the building and some of the audience.  I took the plunge later in June with taking my easel and paints. I ended up having an impromptu interview and being filmed for Idea 1, our new arts community information website. I produced a large picture of the interior of the church to the sounds of the organ. I love making marks to the rhythm of the music. It’s totally unconscious but adds to the feel of the painting. I used water based oils on paper and worked in some chalk pastel after the work had dried. I had in mind the capturing of the people listening but  I was too far in the background to capture. I think this was good as my scratching might have been distracting.
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My next outing to church was for the pop-up sewing café… My, those ladies can talk! I think I missed a lot of the action as I was on a time limit but there was a chance for some quick notes and a bowl of the homemade soup before heading out. This may become one of the large themed paintings that I am planning.
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This Tuesday I came to the organ recital and drew some quick pen and ink drawings of John giving his talk and of the audience. Someone commented that they looked like a court scene. CSI Peterborough? I was invited to join John and some others for a post-performance coffee. Great Chatting about art and music as John is also an artist.
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John the Organist talking before the piece played.
I went to the Summer Opera Concert and I have stated work on a piece inspired by the show
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