Garden of Remembrance

Updated: Oct 29, 2018

This beautiful church holds a very special place in my heart, I’ve been going there periodically for most of my life to place flowers and share a moment of reflection about my Mum.

My Mum was a very talented artist and painted this church several times, I’m lucky enough to have one of the paintings in a group of paintings that I have from when my sister and I split her portfolio.

Recently I heard that this church suffered a set back because the roof has been stolen (seriously what kind of scumbags steal a church roof?), it’s a listed property so it is supposed to only be replaced with the same material, not sure what that means for the future of the church but it inspired me to try and paint this lovely building that meant so much to my Mum.  

These 4 pictures show this lovely building in a variety of ways. 

First up is my finished painting, here I worked with a limited palette of only 4 colours, Payne’s gray, Sepia, Ivory black, & Davy’s gray.



Next up is the pre painted sketch, the perspective on this was challenging,  I’m not sure that I got it quite right but I like the overall feel of the finished painting. 



Up next is the reference photo that I took 2 years ago last time I put flowers on Mum’s grave with my lovely Dad, my lovely sister and niece.



Finally I wanted to share one of my Mum’s lovely paintings.



I know I have a long way to go to reach the talent level that Mum did but I like to think that she would be proud of me all the same.

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Kirsty Topps

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