End of the line?

I love a good memento mori, and this is the most striking one I’ve sketched so far. It’s a decommissioned crematorium oven (!) in the museum at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, found while on a sketchcrawl there with the Bristol/South West Urban Sketchers group last weekend. I also sketched a couple of graveyard statues (below), but the oven was the grimly fascinating highlight. It’s large, rusty, very old, and has obviously seen a lot of use; I started to see it as a gateway to the void, or a final destination, and some other visitors saw it as a face with an open mouth… I’d like to sketch it again, taking more time to do justice to the pipework and rusty textures; maybe I could enter it into James Gurney’s current painting challenge?

Arnos vale1 Arnos vale3Lexington grey in fountain pen and ink brush, watercolour, A5 – 15 mins each for the statues, 30 mins on site for the oven’s line-work and main shading, with another 30 mins at home for the extra shading and colour

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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10 Responses to End of the line?

  1. Tina says:

    I see a lot of urban sketches every day, but I must say, I have never seen a sketched crematorium! 😉


  2. Viktoria says:

    British churchyards are the most gothic, uncanny places, and only when I´d seen one did I understand Halloween. If a gravestone goes over in Sweden, it´s in the newspaper, considered a danger to children and small dogs, and a violation of “griftefrid” (can´t find an English translation, but it means respect for “dem bones”…). I am envious of your crematorium drawing, I love it!

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Viktoria, Arnos Vale is huge (43 acres!) and still largely overgrown, with a lovely air of carefully managed neglect, great for wildlife and ruin lovers!

  3. Stu-ttg-art says:

    Wow! You can give me more of this any day, Ed! Loving the angel with toothache, too 🙂

  4. Terrific stuff Ed! Looking forward to our October sketch crawl!

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Jules. The Abbey are happy for us to sketch up in the tower, but it’ll have to be as a booked tour, which involves….money! I think this’ll be fine, as long as enough of us are there to spread the cost! Ed

  5. Pingback: Return to Arnos Vale… | Mostly drawing

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