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Dante and Beatrice

This is a hand painted rendition of Dante and Beatrice on Vellum, which is believed to be from the 1700’s. Note the colors, and I have included some detailed photos.

Dante (in red) approaches Beatrice and her maidens. Dante, is a poet, and is often portrayed with a book. Notice the detail of his finger inside the book to hold his place. The maidens protect Beatrice, as she is not allowed on the common streets alone without a chaperone. Her virginity must be proceed, and to protect her honor is to protect the family from scandal.

The detail in the folds of the garments is just incredible, and the details of the buildings. The lions flanking the staircase in the background…just beautiful! The diaphanous veil that she is about to pull over her face to show that she is a modest lady. Ahh, so much to love about this small painting.

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Nun Playing A Violin

Although this is a print, it is an antique print. The original was a painting from the Italian Renaissance. The painter and subject are unknown. The face of the nun appears very young. Which is not a surprise, since families often sent a daughter to the convent. Often, the families just couldn’t afford a dowery for more than one girl, and sometimes they couldn’t afford one. A young woman would go to the convent ready to serve the church. Gardening, cleaning, praying, helping the poor. Mother Superior was in charge of the fate of the young lady.

This print reminds me of an educated lady, grieving for her family. Maybe it is an evening of a full moon where the light hits the courtyard just right, and the echo of her violin playing brings tears to the eyes of the other young ladies that have come to the convent. Young ladies that miss their families, and their old way of life.

Of course, there were young ladies that came to the convent and had a better life after they were surrounded by other young ladies. There would have been young ladies that would be able to eat good food once they were in the convent. I was once told that city poor was much different than country poor. If you were poor and lived in the city it was a little tougher to obtain fresh food. If you were poor in the country one could glean from neighboring farmers, there were eggs from chickens, and one could grow some of their own food.

Looking at old images really makes me grateful to live here and now. I am so thankful, and appreciate our ancestors, each and everyone of them. The lives they had were not easy! The choices they had to make were so different, and so far removed from the world we live in today.

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Marcela Bennett

I have always loved bell towers, and when Marcela told me she would create a bell tower, I was excited. This particular bell tower is the San Juan Bautista, it was the 15the Mission that was founded in California. The color of the sky is a bit exaggerated, but so lovely with the light colored mission. Each of the bells have their rope hanging down, ready for the monks to pull at hours for service and prayers.

 

 

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Donald B Williams

Two sketches done by a local artist Donald B. Williams. Th first sketch is Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church at Cayucos, California. It was dedicated July 14, 1900, and the little church burned to the ground on September 30th 1970.

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The haunting image of the church with it’s picket fence almost has sense a looming omen. Maybe it is the black and white, or maybe the knowing that it no longer exists. The shadow that is starting to fall on the left side of the building doesn’t help to make it appear to be a place of happiness. The new church was built in 1965, and five years later this one burned to the ground, yet no one knows the cause of the fire.

 

The other sketch is of the San Luis Obispo Mission…

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Although, this too is a sketch, it doesn’t look as “dark” to me as the other one. I notice that the fountain is not in the sketch, could be that the fountain did not exist when he did his sketch.

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Gail Salituri

Gail is one of my favorite “Mission”,  and Italian Villa painters. Her paintings take the viewer to the place. This is exactly what art is suppose to do, transport us, allowing our mind to enter the art, like a portal. These four Mission paintings take us one journey to the   Missions during a romanic phase of the history of the Missions of California.

These little gems are magnificent, and represent the Capistrano Mission, and the Carmel Mission. The three at the top are the Capistrano Mission, which is located in historical San Juan Capistrano. The Carmel Mission is located in Carmel by the Sea.

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Our First Class

It has been my dream for a long time now to have a campus. A place where people could come and learn. It didn’t necessarily need to be a college campus or even high school, but where all ages could learn something. One of the aspects of my dream was realized on Saturday. We had a paint and sip class, and more Saturday classes are coming. Here are some photos of the space where learning takes place…

The indoor space is 1700 square feet, and the outdoor patio area is 3500 square feet. We are calling the space “Casa Dell Arte” where we are going to offer more than just painting, but also craft classes, yoga, dance, and a chance for others to share insight. If they want to come in and lecture or give a presentation of some kind, we can offer our space as a place where learning can take place. Art is important for our well being. Skye was a great teacher for the class, she even allowed us to deviate from the original, and we could make our art piece any color we wanted. I am so looking forward to sharing this space with others, and seeing people learn art, and so much more.

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A Place of Reflection

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Finally, the Mission paintings and a few nuns are in the same place. I like this grouping. Six  of the paintings in the grouping are from the 1800’s and the others are fairly modern paintings. Some were purchased in art galleries, and a few from antique stores. Sometimes, when I buy paintings, I search with a subject in mind, and other times the painting is one of those that I just can’t go home without that day. Knowing that if I wait too long it won’t be there.

Week after week, I will go though, and tell you a little bit about each of the paintings on the wall. I do love the Missions here in CA, and they each have their own interesting history.