Monday, December 02, 2013
"Nuestra Sra de Belén" 18th Century Sculpture at Mission Carmel
Today is the entry deadline for the California Art Clubs exhibit, "California's Heritage: The Mission Trail." I decided to enter at the last minute and painted this sculpture from a digital image I captured last May during the Carmel plein air event. On a break from painting I slipped into the Carmel mission to explore what I had heard was one of the most beautiful of the 21 missions. This sculpture display of the Virgin was the one thing above all on the property that I wanted to paint, so I photographed her and filed it away. As a landscape painter it's hard to justify slipping into another subject area and yet the call for entries from CAC opened the door.
Oil on canvas, 20" X 16"