A New Roof for an Old Friend an 8x8 oil by Shirley Fachilla
Van Gogh’s Church at Auvers is a portrait of a church made of bricks and mortar. But the painting reminds me more of a rocket launch. Caught from an unusual perspective, with several of its verticals aiming to converge at some point far above it, the church looks as though it’s ready to levitate right out of this world and into the next.
Van Gogh, perhaps more than any other painter, caught the both spirit of the Gothic style (light, air, and soaring space) while imprinting it with his own vision. His church is both beautiful and a bit scary. It’s a relatively small church; just think what he might have made of a cathedral!
The building in my painting was once a church; and while I painted it, I thought of Van Gogh’s Church of Auvers. Perhaps its was the vivid colors of sky and building or the particular perspective, that made me picture Van Gogh’s painting in my mind’s eye. Mine has a two-color roof because it was in the process of getting a new one. You may be able to see one of the workers just visible on the roofline