The Spirit of Saint Junipero Serra Lives On

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting one of the Hummingbirds.


Salvia, or Mexican Bush Sage, provides a delicious treat for our Hummingbird friend. The tall blooms are painted with mixtures of Dioxazine Purple + White.

Day Lilies will grow in the foreground with the Salvia. But first, we must paint the sculpture of Saint Serra. Come watch……

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the face of Saint Serra.

The basic block in of Saint Serra’s face is now refined. A fine liner brush is used to make the tiny details. You may click on the image to see it larger.

The Carmel Mission was the second mission that Saint Serra founded, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala was the first. He holds a replica of one of the others he started, San Gabriel Arcangel. Established in 1771, it was the fourth of the nine California missions he set up. Eventually there were 21 in the entire chain of California Missions.

Another Ruby Throat Hummingbird dances in front of the sculpture.

Bright blooms of the Day Lilies are made of Cadmium Red Light + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Orange. The long, strap-like leaves are mixtures of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow.

“The Spirit of Saint Serra Lives On”

I have one more step to do before the painting is complete. BUT….I have to wait until the paint on the sculpture is dry to touch before I can give it a final glazing. Working in collaboration with the Serra Club of Dallas has been really fun!  One of their main goals is to foster vocations in the Catholic Church, following in the footsteps of Saint Serra. Since they continue his legacy Ed thought the title “The Spirit of Saint Serra Lives On” would be just right for the painting! Thank you for following my blog and I appreciate all of your wonderful comments! HUGS,

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One Response to “The Spirit of Saint Junipero Serra Lives On”

  1. Jeana Says:

    Fabulous. Great architecture and colors. The palm trees are awesome!

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