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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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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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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.

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Villa at San Marcos Creek

Last month, I made it my goal to finish the house in less than 90 days. I still need to get the rails to two beds. You would think that “standard rails” are easy to find, but everyone has to order them. UGH! Why are they called “standard”?

The great room, with views into the kitchen, dining room, and the bar.

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Cow Parade SLO

When I was attending the Mid State Fair in 2015 I saw an artist working on a cow. She was painting a fiberglass cow, and I had to know more. I went over to the table to find out more about the cow, and how I could acquire one. The cost was out of our price range, but that didn’t stop me from keeping that paper. I held on to the dream of having a cow. We were only in escrow for the winery, but we knew that owning a winery isn’t going to pay for art.

Almost a year later, I was told by a friend that there were a few Mini Moo’s, so I placed a phone call to find out how I could get one of these cows. This is the biggest public arts display in the world. Pretty impressive, and I had to be a part of it.

There was a vast array of artists that were all very talented! I saw the vision of Julie Dickey and Sandy Stevens, that was the one!

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It’s a bummer that I can’t show you real photos of the progress, but they do update everyone on Facebook. Here is the link to their site The Passionate Hearts, so you can learn more about these fascinating women. If you join them on Facebook and Instagram, you will also see their progress.

If you are interested in the whole CowParadeSLO project, click on the link. We are so proud to bring art, charity, and wine together.

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Will Bullas

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When entering our kitchen these are the paintings that people see first. The top one is entitled “bearista”, it kinda reminds me of my husband. It also reminds me of how I act in the mornings. I really do need my coffee, I refer to it as “liquid personality”.

I love our family gatherings in the kitchen, my husband and I drink coffee, and the kid eat their breakfast. Instead of reading the paper, we read our iPads or iPhones. I read the news first, and everyone shares what they are reading. Sometimes we share funny videos. It’s just a new age take on a business morning.

“The Wine King” kinda reminds me more of our son. He is the one that reads stocks and the Wall Street Journal in the morning. We all enjoy a glass of wine in the evening with our dinner. We all talk about how our day went, and no electronics are at the table. Well, I take that back, when we have guests that are checking into Reale Leone Suites, or the Crush Pad, we make sure all the guests for the day are checked in for the day. Sometimes, we do have to make an exception for business.

Seeing these paintings brings joy to my heart every time I see them. That is what art is all about…eliciting an emotional response. These two pieces were purchased at Just Looking Gallery, in San Luis Obispo.

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Medici Family

Since I was in second grade I loved everything about Italy. I especially loved that the Medici family were patrons of the arts, learning, and architecture. He regularly had gathering where the men would talk about philosophy, religion, and democracy.

Through the years, I have kept journals, and checked off dreams as I have accomplished items in that particular journal. One line item that has not been checked off is to be a part of a “think tank of women”, until now.

Last month, I met Lorelei at Slo Maker Space, she is founding investor and board member of http://www.slomakerspace.com, OMG! This is a super awesome place, and it is a learning lab! Honestly, you have to go to the site to check out all the cool stuff that anyone can learn. Anyway, Lorelei started a group for women that are or want to become entrepreneurs. This incredible group meets once a month, and we check in on each other to keep each other on track.

Finally, I get to check this off my list, I found a group of powerful women to meet with every month, and fulfill another aspect of my dream. Empowering other women to rise up, and give each other strength!

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These were back in the days of going back and fourth to Bay to SLO.

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What Would You Do?

Finding yourself locked in a museum overnight….What would you do?

I have been in the backrooms of museums. It’s so quiet, the mind starts seeking sounds. When I worked at once museum we had to utilize our i.d. badges to get access into the storage room. Once inside, the door is locked. I was in there to do inventory. Painstakingly add a tiny strip of white paint in an area, wait for it to dry, and pen the number of the item. Check the item for any wear, chips, or flaws and make notes of what was found on that date. There would be times that I was really engrossed in my work, and other times that sounds would occur. In the storage area, the lights were on a motion sensor too, so not only was it quiet, it was also dark in some area. It was also a huge space. I kinda wanted to hum to myself to bring a little comfort to my well being. It was spooky, but not too frightening.

Would I want to touch everything? No. I know that touching items destroys them. Our salt and bacteria are not good for the paintings and other artifacts. I would rather read about the history of the item, as the item is before my eyes. It is more compelling for me.

How would I spend the night? I would walk around from room to room. When it was time for me to sleep, I would go to the auditorium, planetarium, and if they did not have either, maybe the cafe.