St Giles Church, Norwich, from Grapes Hill flyover (A3 Acrylic on Acrylic board) (Unframed)
This is one of several images I collected on a trip to Norwich last December (2020). Most of those I brought back were relatively scenic views. This one I glimpsed as I crossed a footbridge over a busy dual carriageway heading towards the RC Cathedral.
St Giles is a well known medieval church, and in an old and interesting part of the city. The usual view would be from the street in which it lives, surrounded by old town houses and a popular bistro style shopping area.
This view is not picturesque or romantic. It looks at the tower of the church across the backs of the shops and town houses, and takes in car parks and yards.
It was the ordinariness, and the rooftops that attracted me, but when I came to paint it, the sky was the thing that I very much liked.
I put off painting it for some time. It wasn’t a very appealing image, but once I got started, it was the very ordinariness of it that appealed. The textures and colours gave great please to paint.