Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mission No. 1

Mission San José, 6 x 8

Today was our PAA trip down to San Antonio to paint Mission San José, one of five historic Spanish missions in San Antonio, all of which date back to the early 1700s. This study was left pretty rough, 
primarily to leave enough time to work out a second, larger piece from a different vantage point.

I was pleased with the result for a couple reasons. The rough treatment seemed to capture the weather beaten appearance of this fascinating place, and I felt that the yucca plants in full bloom in the foreground paralleled both the ruggedness and sheer beauty of the church's exterior.

The aforementioned larger piece will be completed and posted Sunday afternoon. I completed the block-in on site, but had to leave before putting in the necessary detail.  Time ran short, because we had to wait a good hour and a half for the sun to break through and give us a nicer light, while working on the first piece. I know, excuses, excuses.


Mitzi Easley said...

Great job Stephen... can't wait to see this mission on the bigger canvas!

LindaHunt said...

Your work just lifts and lightens the spirit. This painting is very lush and beautiful!!

Celeste Bergin said...

brilliant! A lovely painting in all respects

Kay said...

Can't wait to see what else you do with this..I like the roughness of it

Sandra Galda said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog today, your art is beautiful. Very careful and yet energetic brushstrokes.