Last Saturday I made my way to Calvary Cemetery on a day of exquisite beauty. The light was intense, producing strong, crisp contrast and deep shadows. A fairly chilly day for mid June at 60F, and a cool breeze from the lake meant the necessity of a sweatshirt despite the heat of direct exposure to the sun.

I had expected to meet up with a group of artists also going there to sketch, but, despite the relative openness and simple layout of Calvary, we never bumped into one another. Deep into the cemetery there are sufficient crypts and statuary and scattered cedars to screen people separated by only a couple hundred yards.

Calvary Catholic Cemetery was created because 19th century Irish residents of Chicago were being excluded from burial in some of the city’s cemeteries.

I brought a simple kit of Pitt Artist Pens including my some of my dwindling supply of the various  #fabercastellusa PAP Big Brush Grays. I will be truly bummed, if not challenged to become adept with other medium. I also used a Faber-Castell Black Leather fountain pen filled wit DeAtrementis Document Black Ink. The top sketch is in a #clairefontaine Goldline Watercolor sketchbook, the bottom sketch is on a on Stillman & Birn Nova Beige sketcbook. White Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens gave me the sky and highlights.

Saturday Among the Stones of Calvary

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