Sketching an old Spanish mission in New Mexico

[Guest post by Erik Madsen in Santa Fe, New Mexico] Located about half way between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico is the old Spanish village of Las Trampas. The centerpiece of the community is the beautiful San Jose de Gracia Church, completed in 1776. The church is very well noted for its Spanish Colonial mission […]

Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego, California

This is the watercolor sketch done at the Mission San Diego de Alcala today with the San Diego Urban Sketchers Meetup Group. This mission was the first of the 21 missions and is known as the Mother of Missions.

San Francisco winter

Hi from Fog City! The Californian drought meant we’ve had an uncharacteristically dry winter but it has allowed for frequent sketch outings around the city.  The cemetery at Mission Dolores is a peaceful, contemplative place to draw in.  Deep in the Mission, on 24th street.  I always love sketching in Japantown. You can find great […]

Mission San José

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Mission San José on the south side of San Antonio. The mission was founded in 1720, and has remained an active parish continuously for almost 300 years. That’s pretty old for the United States, especially west of the Mississippi River. by Paul Heaston