Day 437 – Sacred Heart 2

    
 
The altar of Sacred Heart.  As a little girl I used to go with my best friend. Her family attended services here. The mystery and beauty of the old church always mesmerized me. 

The stained glass in this Romanesque church is amazing. The nave soars high above the pews lined with banks of beautiful old stained glass clerestory windows. 

The marble and gilt altar is unlike any church that I have been in. Ornate and loaded with statues of Jesus saints and angels. Topped off with soaring stained glass and a ribbed dome. So much to look at it makes you dizzy!! 
I recently attended a meeting there and drew in a strathmore 500 mixed media sketchbook with a Carbon Platinum pen while I listened to the speakers. 

More Sacred Heart tomorrow. Of course there are more sketches!! 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx

Day 437 – Sacred Heart

  A beautiful old deconsecrated Catholic Church in downtown Augusta. Supposedly it even has a ghost in one of the bell towers.  

  It’s hard to get a clear view of the entire front of the church. Trees have been planted that block the view so I only drew the top. 

I knew the sketch had problems when it was drawn but painted it anyway.  Painted with my Isabey mop #2. No control over it and should have changed to a sable to even up the towers.  Oh well.  I think it might be my Rouen cathedral to paint over and over. 

From Wikipedia 

It was built by Jesuit priests and its first service was on December 2, 1900. The church had been in Augusta for 70 years, until it closed in 1971 due to modern suburban advancements. While the building was vacant, it endured much vandalism and was near destruction.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]
In 1987, the Knox Foundation renovated the building and opened as a vibrant center of the city for cultural events. The building now host events such as wine festivals, choral concerts, and Christmas events. It is one of the best examples of redeveloping downtown Augusta.

More Sacred Heart tomorrow. The inside!! 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx whose actually reading a book instead of drawing or painting.