Here is the painting of Gereja Lahai Roi. Gereja means church. The church is located in Mansinam, a small island in Manokwari regency of West Papua. Mansinam was the first place in New Guinea that received European missionaries on 5 February 1855 who went there to preach Gospel. Every year tens of thousands of town dwellers of Manokwari, together with pilgrims from all corners of the world, come to Mansinam to celebrate the Gospel Preaching Day. Some intellectuals consider that day as the beginning of modern civilization of Papuan people. I used Staedler 2B graphite pencil to sketch the landscape before coloring it using Fabercastel and Derwent watercolour pencils. For me, creating fine lines for the details of coconut trees and the building of the church is much easier if it is carried out by pencil dan wet brush.
|Gereja Lahai Roi di Pulau Mansinam, Manokwari|
Today, I have decided to spend more time painting the landscape, and wildlife of West Papua to create awareness among the city dwellers of Manokwari and the people of Indonesia that it is important to preserve our nature. If you are interested in watercolor painting then you need to practice sketching and painting now. Try to read books about how to paint in watercolour.