VSW: Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago

Loving this virtual walk in Chicago,
I found a lovely Louis Sullivan church I’d not known about.
Chicago has to be the Queen City of Architectural Monuments!

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Playing in virtual sketching gives me the ability to try techniques, and here I tried
a different way to shade — and ended up overworking it a bit, trying too many techniques to make myself happy.  Sometimes it is best to simply start over!
I am happy this was done much faster…  That helps when I am onsite sketching.

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The doors on this church are no big deal, but the header and portico above the doors
is lovely, with a nod to Russian architecture then a lovely carved (assuming wooden)
and then painted Art Nouveau decorative element.  To paint it as if I was on the street,
I took a tip from a friend, and make the image full screen then sketch from about
10 feet away.  It gives you a different feel to what you capture.
On one side I used pen to lay down detail, on the other, just color.

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They tore down this Lovely old Gothic church that sat across from the Sullivan church to put up these condos.  I would have saved the old church and put living quarters IN it!  But “nobody” designed it so nobody was compelled to save it, and that includes all the brick within, the but maybe they put up a LEEDS certified condo?



Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Platinum Carbon pen with inks De Atramentis Document brown ink:
and Greenleaf & Blueberry, Daniel Smith, and Holbein watercolors.

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I started a Facebook group page (you must join to view) to allow everyone to share their virtual sketches, and also where we will, from time to time, take virtual sketch walks together.  Come join us On Facebook if you are inclined!
If you want to know more about what a virtual sketchwalk is review my first post.
There are a few more notes/pointers on our first walk through Laguna Beach, California.

I also created an accompanying Flickr group!

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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2 Responses to VSW: Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago

  1. gillena says:

    very impressive pieces, enjoyed your sharing. Pen and ink sketching is one of the tasks i want to get into sometime

    much love…

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