Saint Paul’s

Here are a few more photos from London. Again, Saint Paul’s Cathedral was too big for my 50 mm lens. So, I just had to try to make interesting crops. I wish photos were allowed inside, there is definitely a different aspect of grandness when it surrounds and extends above you than when it sits before you. In fact, Christopher Wren designed the building to be optimally grand when viewed from both inside and out. There is a painted inner dome that you see when you look up from inside. Above that is a structural cone that supports the outer dome, which was designed to be taller and more visible from the outside than the inner dome would have.

Saint Paul's Cathedral London Detail

View of London from atop dome at Saint Paul's Cathedral, London

This is a view of the city from the top of the dome. It’s a lot of steps, but definitely worth it. Saint Paul’s Cathedral is built at the highest point in London and the 360 degree view from the top is spectacular.

Saint Paul's Cathedral, London detail

Above, one of the exterior shots where I was forced to find a composition within the limited angle of my frame. Below, I stitched together three shots taken from an alleyway as we approached the cathedral.

Saint Pauls Cathedral view through alley, London


Santa Fe Raven and Basilica

Earlier this Summer, I went with a group of artists from BYU to Santa Fe and various nearby sites. While in Santa Fe, I visited the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. I spent some time sketching the exterior and noticed that no two columns had identical capitals. In fact, they were each very unique. This inspired me to produce the work below, which is one of five ravens atop columns based on those from St. Francis Cathedral.

Ink and oil wash illustration of raven atop capital from cathedral basilica st. francis of assisi.

This is a photo I took at Goblin Valley, where we stopped on the way home. Nothing fancy, but it has that Southwesty feel and thus belongs here helping to describe the trip.