Loretto Chapel Staircase EDM #155

Monday, January 28, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Pencil in Canson 9x12 inch sketchbook.

For the beautiful story behind the staircase go to : Loretto Chapel

I drew this from a reference photo I found on the internet. A few years ago I got the chance to visit this beautiful chapel and see the miraculous staircase.


I find I do not like drawing or painting from photos.  I have some serious vision problems and I find that photos do not look like 'my world' so I shun from using them if at all possible.  This pencil drawing was a challenge for me in that I'm more of a quick get it done kind of girl and this took time and patience.  Even so I couldn't see the photograph that well (I did blow it up in photoshop) thus my drawing is not as accurate as the photo.  This staircase left an impression on me when I first saw it.  I only wish I could have climbed up it but it's roped off to the public.


  1. Ai Says:

    Wonderful drawing and very interesting story.

  2. Wendy Says:

    Wow - not an easy thing to draw. It looks great! And haven't you got nice writing!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    This is a beautiful pencil drawing MArta and as Wendy said, rather difficult. your shadings are so well done.

  4. Sandy Says:

    Simply stunning, especially in the black and white format - funny we both choose circular stairs and from a downward view point and I too had to use a photo. Yours are far more complex - Great sketch!

  5. Casey Says:

    Gorgeous,Marta, really. I think I'dbe beaten by all those intricate curves!

  6. Claudia Says:

    Marta, this is a perfect drawing! Very well done!

  7. Desiree Says:

    Wow, wonderful, you did a great job!

  8. Robyn Says:

    Now that is composition! It's a really challenging sketch, Marta, and you did it proud. I love it.

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