Sunday, July 3, 2011

A New Sunflower and a Tour of Mission San Juan Bautista

Sunlight Sunflower Bright
by Nancy Medina


Oil on Canvas Board

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Sunlight Sunflower Bright is the newest work in the studio, as I prep canvases for two new commissions this weekend. I am still sorting through the photos from our recent trip to Carmel, California, a little town with the interesting distinction of having no street addresses downtown. Inland from Carmel and about a half an hour drive away we visited the historic Mission San Juan Bautista. I'm sharing a photo tour of this Mission with you below.

I am only a bit superstitious by nature, and I will say that this is one place I would never want to stay in overnight by myself. The air in the Mission seemed to be filled with history's ghosts, and even the grounds felt as if they vibrated with message of times gone by (or perhaps it was because it was built on the San Andreas fault!). I was overwhelmed by a sense of despair and hopelessness when I walked through the church, and I wonder if the ancestors of the Indians were crying out. Missions are beautiful historic places to visit, but the truth behind many of them is not as elegant as their exteriors. You can learn more about Mission San Juan Bautista on the web site, and in many historical books and papers.

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There were few visitors to the Mission the morning we visited.
The Mission had a feel as if it had almost been abandoned
by the Parks services years ago.

A plaque memorializes the Spanish expedition. My
hubby is a Carlos the III, too! Coincidence? hmmm?

I loved the architecture of this old stucco structure,
which was built right on the San Andreas fault.
I hurried home to watch my latest fav movie
2012 with John Cusack after visiting here.

The Mission bell. *Hotel California tune
running though my mind here...*

The Mission is perhaps best known for this image.

The inside was dark and cool on a warm summer day.

The church was beautiful. There were pawprints
of wild animals on the floors from when the
original brickwork was laid.

The front gardens were filled with statues and roses.

Another memento of the history.

We arrived early, so the light was
good for photos of the grounds.

The Mission.

The Mission Cemetery.

I wonder how many really died here.

Peeking through the locked cemetery gates,
this was the scene.


AutumnLeaves said...

What a beautiful sunflower! That beautifully washed background just pops this flower magnificently! The photos are absolutely beautiful as well.

Mikko Tyllinen said...

Very beautiful!

Leada Wood said...

Your paintings are so beautiful! I love to hear about the antics of your studio assistants and enjoyed your photos of Carmel. Thank you for your generous spirit and sharing your art with us!
Best regards