Thursday, February 25, 2010

El Confin de la Luz

El Confin de la Luz___a gallery work__24 x 30 oil on linen

Here is a big one I have been working on for a while. The mission, here, is San Jose in San Antonio, TX. I have had this painting in mind since last spring when I was there as a BIG STORM blew up and The rain cloud was literally over the mission, much like this.

I love the symbolism of the mission, its architecture and purpose, juxtaposed with the symbols from nature: light, shadow, storm cloud, big heavens, rain left behind, doves flying through...The title is Spanish, meaning "Boundary of the Light". It is a line from the book of Job in chapter 10....

The hardest part of this painting was the perspective drawing, and keeping the verticals vertical! If you have drawn with me, you remember how I STRESS VERTICALS on man-made things..they are ALWAYS vertical, from any angle...my next drawing workshop is June 14-17 in Fredericksburg, TX. e-mail me for info vvaughan8@yahoo.com

4 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

V. this is gorgeous. You've captured the light so beautifully. And there is nothing like the sight of a big storm approaching in Texas, (no matter what anyone says about other parts of the country!)

Thanks for sharing. And such fun to see that it is not a "small work" but large!

Linda said...

Beautiful!! Elizabeth is right about our Texas storms! The colors from the light are magical and you captured them!

Julie Hill said...

V', This is a fantastic piece....just great. I am sure it looks impressive in person. I too love painting missions, trying to capture the Spitit and symbolism, all the while being challenged with the architecture. Arches...gotta love them!

The Windrush Gallery said...

Love this one V! As an architect, your perspective is right on! You definitely captured the beauty of a Texas storm and mission. Thx, John