Sunday, March 11, 2012
As I mentioned when I started posting this painting in progress (2/24), this piece was a stretch for me. While at times the process was daunting (the columns were certainly a challenge), the process was also rewarding. I felt like I was building this quiet space in the cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings ever constructed. Cathedrals can give off an air of superiority, or coldness, or their size can generate a feeling of emptiness. Salisbury exudes an intimacy.
I first saw the cathedral when I was 18. We saw a lot of cathedrals in a 4 week period, but for me it was Salisbury that stood out among them. I wondered if I would feel the same visiting it last June. Not only was I just as impressed, but the new Baptismal font and the stained glass window in back of the altar revealed an active and responsive congregation. I hope my painting does justice to this magnificent place.