Saturday, 29 December 2012

St John's church on Christmas Eve

I went to church on Christmas Eve - that's "to", not "in".  I sat outside St. John's York Mills in Toronto where I was visiting my family, and sketched the church.  It was a bit of a challenge, drawing after dark at mid-winter.  The church itself was well-lit by floodlights, but I could only really see the page I was working on by shining my Blackberry screen on it.  It was also below freezing and exposed to the north wind, so everything from my wrist down was frozen, including brush and paint.  Shadows were tricky too, with several spotlights pointing upwards.  But it is a lovely old (1845) building, and a fine way to spend an hour on a winter evening.

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