Monday 14 December 2015

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Maria Hunt

Mission San Juan Capistrano

The clouds parted for a few hours long enough to complete this painting of Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of the 21 early California missions, dotting the coast of California. Crowds gather each year on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day, to watch the miracle of the "Swallows" of Capistrano as they return to the Mission. The rain prevented me from finding a better composition for the painting, however the flowers were brightened by the rain, and enhanced this elegant old building.

  Mission San Juan Capistrano - Wikipedia  

Fountain At Mission San Juan Capistrano

In the sleepy town San Juan Capistrano, in Southern California, a Moorish-style fountain can be found inside Mission San Juan Capistrano's central courtyard. The fountain was built over 90 years ago, in the 1920s through the efforts of Father St. John O'Sullivan who finished his recovery from TB at the Mission, overseeing the rebuilding of the Mission and creating the central Fountain in the courtyard.

I had the opportunity to visit the Mission during a 5 day workshop on the West Coast, The rain had briefly stopped and we had several hours of broken sunshine in which to capture the beauty of Mission San Juan Capistrano.
My primary focus had been the fountain, alive with water lilies in purples and soft white.

This painting is the first in the series, A close-up of the white water lilies is the second, and the third, a view down the archway of the mission.

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