Susan in St Mark’s Church

Susan in St Marks
Susan Reed-Psalm 116

In September 2012 Susan and I travelled to Venice to work on a number of painting projects, one of which was this oil painting of Susan in the Basilica San Marco. On the 7th April 1985 Susan experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity on her own as she cried out to God in the famous church in St Mark’s Square. The painting depicts Susan quietly giving thanks to God for His goodness towards her since that day in St Mark’s Church.

Susan and I spent time together in St Mark’s Church so that I could do a small sketchbook watercolour to capture the colours and mood of the interior which you can see in a previous blog post. I returned the following day to do some detailed studies of some the architectural elements of the interior so I could refer to them in the finished painting. Back in my studio Susan assumed the same pose so that I could paint her from life in oils.

The caption is Psalm 116. There are verses from this particular Psalm that are very much part of her story of faith.

“For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears and my feet from falling”. verse 8.

The original painting can be seen at my Studio and Gallery in Ponteland.

 

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