Well, after ummming and ahhhing and reading and sketching and painting lots of watercolour studies, the moment came last week when I was hovering over my final detailed pencil sketch with wash brush in hand. From the first touch of the brush to paper until the last touch-up was probably only 10 hours or so of actual painting time, much of which went surprisingly quickly. And here it is! My first full-sized watercolour, which hopefully will make the grade and be included in Rosemary’s (my wife’s) upcoming book on early Maori Christian leaders.
The church is The Anglican Church of St Thomas, in Maketu, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. You’ll be able to read about its significance in Rosemary’s book when that is published later this year (I’ll post on that when the books come back from the printers).
I could point out many, many problems with the painting. Would you like me to? Perhaps I should run a quiz: spot the 10 imperfections. Jean-Luc, my 5 year-old son, will beat you all, as he loves “Where’s Wally” and pores over it for hours.
Anyway, I’m glad to have produced this and can now relax a little more and concentrate on developing good watercolour technique rather than trying not to overshoot deadlines by too much.