The Big Church "Storkyrkan" (2015)
Acrylic painting by Sally Usher


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 12.01 × 35.43 × 1.57 in / 11.81 × 35.43 in (actual image size)
  • Signed on the front

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Sally Usher

United Kingdom

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This impressive Church dating back to 1279 can be found on a slight hill in Gamla Stan, up a winding street lined with tall historic terraced buildings. The houses seem a little forbidding, and tower over you as you walk up, but the Church welcomes you at the end.

The common name, Storkyrkan means large Church but this Church is also know as Sankt Nikolai kyrka (Church of St. Nicholas). Due to its proximity to the earlier royal castle and the present royal palace it has also hosted major events in Swedish history including, royal wedding and royal funerals.

I pictured this in summertime just after lunchtime, with some birds sweeping across the sky close to the bell tower. The street itself quiet and a bit sleepy waiting for afternoon visitors to descend. I wanted to use a strong blue for the sky to contrast with the bell tower then use earthy colors for the houses and cobbles to give warmth.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint on box canvas with painted edges.

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