Showing posts with label missions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label missions. Show all posts

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mission San Antonio de Pala

San Antonio de Pala bell tower. Mission is located in southern California north of San Diego. Ink, watercolor, digital color

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Mission Santa Barbara

This old mission is located in southern California near the city of Santa Barbara. Many of the California missions were destroyed by fire or earthquakes since originally being built. This one was damaged by earthquakes and rebuilt and fortified. It still serves the community as a parish church and remains a major attraction for the city of Santa Barbara. Ink and watercolor.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mission San Miguel

Beautiful Mission San Miguel was founded more than 200 years ago in San Luis Obispo County eight miles north of Paso Robles, California.  A favorite mission for its country-like setting, the area has grown around the mission in the town of San Miguel located in the central coast of California.  Ink and watercolor.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mission San Luis Rey

Located in Oceanside, California, this old mission stands tall and is a thing of beauty. I would love to paint all the California missions but that will probably never happen. Instead, I pick a mission now and then to paint and that keeps me happy. I have visited several of the California missions and walking through these wonderful old structures truly makes one feel the history. I love them.
Ink and watercolor.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Mission In Capistrano

This serene scene shows a pleasant view of Mission San Juan Capistrano located in southern California. The foreground trees with shade paint a beautiful frame work for the mission in the background. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mission Carmel

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, more commonly known as Mission Carmel, is the second mission in the family of California missions. Located near Highway 1 near the city of Carmel in California, this colorful mission was established in 1770. Mission Carmel has been designated a National Historic Monument. It is also an active parish church. Masses are held daily. Prepared in watercolor with some ink lines.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mission San Gabriel Archangel

Mission San Gabriel Archangel in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles. Pencil, ink, color pencils on drawing paper.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Mission San Miguel Arcangel

The bell tower at Mission San Miguel Arcangel shows off its architecture. Located on Highway 101 in San Miguel, California north of Paso Robles, this old bell tower stands near the main mission. It is isolated and beautiful and smacks you in the face when you exit off the main highway. Ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mission Fountain

On our trip to San Diego in August, I visited the beautiful Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley. In the courtyard at the mission, this magnificent water feature stood magically in the noon sunshine. I snapped some photos and was able to recreate this gem back at home. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mission San Diego de Alcala

This is my latest version of Mission San Diego de Alcala located in San Diego, California. I have painted this before but I wanted to try a more colorful version. I barely remember this mission as I visited it many years ago when I lived in the area. On my next trip to San Diego in August, I hope to see it again. Pen, ink, watercolor.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Mission Buenaventura

Mission San Buenaventura was founded on Easter Sunday 1782 by Father Junipero Serra. It was the 9th mission in the 21 mission chain in Alta California. It was named for Saint Bonaventure, and was the last mission to be founded by Father Serra. In 1794 the first church burned down. It took the Indians 15 years to build the new one. That church still stands today in Ventura, California which is north of Los Angeles. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mission Bells

I can hear the bells ringing even if they may not ring anymore. The bell tower is such a neat, picturesque feature of mission architecture. The ringing of the bells communicated to those in the area that an event was taking place. So the bells became the messenger for everyone. Ink and watercolor on bristol. SOLD

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A Mission Scene

Greenery at a mission in Arizona helps get the juices flowing in this desert scene. I like "green" when it comes to desert areas as I feel it makes things "look" and "seem" cooler. This painting was developed by applying watercolor washes to damp paper first. Once the washes dried, I applied my ink drawing. It's a fun technique but there is a lot of guess work as to where to apply the various washes. Try it sometime when you feel adventurous. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Mission San Juan Bautista

Mission San Juan Bautista, is located in the central part of California near Salinas. While my image makes this mission look small it is much bigger than shown. There is a long extension to the left side of this structure as well as a structure extending directly from the back of the main building shown here. This mission is the largest Spanish mission church in California. Ink and watercolor.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mission San Antonio de Padua

POPULARITY KINGS: This image has over 700 views in 14 months. Two other mission images have 446 and 437 hits in same time frame. This art is viewed more than any other subject within my blog. I must conclude that readers like missions.
 Located on the sprawling Hearst Ranch, Mission San Antonio de Padua sits within the “Valley of the Oaks” on California’s scenic Central Coast. The Santa Lucia mountains backdrop this historic mission where ancient oak trees frame the fully restored adobe buildings which include the Church, museum, cloister, a garden and outbuildings. It was founded as California’s third mission in 1771. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Mission Santa Ysabel Asistencia

This facility is located in southern California east of San Diego. It was built as a sister mission to one of the California major missions. This one is named Santa Ysabel Asistencia. In the many years I lived in San Diego, I never knew this existed. Now that I have moved, I can only draw it from a beautiful photo. Ink and watercolor.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Mission Santa Ines

This is Mission Santa Ines located in southern California near Santa Barbara. The original mission was destroyed by an earthquake in 1812. It was reopened in 1817 and reconstructed again in 1947. Today, the mission is an active parish with a museum, gift shop and information center. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Mission San Antonio de Padua Two

The old missions of California are spread all over the state. This mission, San Antonio de Padua is located in southern part of the state several miles inland from the ocean. The countryside can be dry but very picturesque with a beautiful variety of trees. In their prime, these missions were majestic and were major landmarks throughout the state. Today, many of them have not been kept up to look like they were during the old days. My rendition shows the dry, brown hills typical when the rains go away dotted with the bright green of the trees. Ink and watercolor.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mission San Diego de Alcala

San Diego de Alcala, the first of the great California Missions, marks the birthplace of Christianity in the far West. It is California's first church. Built in 1769 and refurbished in 1931 it remains an active parish for worshippers in the area. I like this painting because it is simple and I love the bell tower. The green of the trees gives the painting some punch. Ink and watercolor, 11" x 14".

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

California Mission

The missions of California have always intrigued me. Each mission has some high rise architecture and usually has bells, adobe brick, tile roofs and lots of stucco. They are surrounded by all types of plants, flowers and trees. When walking through these historical structures one can almost feel the spirits of those who formed early California.


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