The Pioneer Church – Watercolour Study


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A quick watercolour study of the old Pioneer Church, Brookfield Show grounds. Brisbane.

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I love this old church. I tried out this watercolour subject for a local competition last May and was not satisfied so I abandoned the project. I found the unfinished pencil-drawn church and decided to  go ahead and paint it.  My son agreed with me that in my picture, the church looked awkward – so I will try painting it again one day. I hope you enjoy the study’s result.

The Brookfield Uniting Church’s history dates back to 1869 and forms part of a historical precinct. The church is now called the Pioneer Church. It was built in 1885 on a donated half-acre of land on Kenmore and Brookfield Road junction. In the mid 1900s the building was relocated to its present position in the showground precinct. The church can fit 70 people.

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