The Missions of California are steeped in such rich history. Something about each of them is just touch the core of my being. I did not grow up Catholic, and did not become Catholic until I was 21. My father was not supportive in my decision to become Catholic. I am not even sure if he knew why he did not want that for me. While researching my family I found that our family was involved in the Hugeonaught movement. Is it that my dad had some subconscious awareness of this fact? I don’t know…I do know, he told us to research a variety of religions before making a choice. I listened to that advice, and I loved learning about various religions, and spiritual movements.
The painting above is a painting of San Juan Capistrano. It is the only Mission in Orange County, and founded in 1776. There are 21 Missions in California, and they are where each of the cities started. Some of the most beautiful places to visit in California.
This painting has a very painterly feel, he added paint with a heavy hand. Which lends to the texture that is felt at the Missions. The flowers almost leap of the painting. The pedals on the Bougainvillea float around on the wind like loose pieces of paper.
The cloister, or inner gardens of the Missions served many different functions. Many of the garden veggies and herbs were grown in this area. The arches also served as a way for people to get out of the sun. The temperature is usually ten degrees cooler than the sunny area.
Eugene Schmidt was an artist from Santa Barbara, and pasted away in 2007. He was often out painting plein air, and has some other pretty remarkable paintings.