A small death at the convent

small death at the convento

After a wonderful early evening concert held in the cloisters at the convento in Los Angeles, just down the hill from Jimena, I imagined a dead goat (I know, I am strange like that :-)) attracting down the griffin vultures we have here, looking for a tasty meal. I wanted to juxtapose the beauty of the church with the image of death, but showing the wonderful recycling that the vultures do here! I have no idea if they have ever in reality landed on the church roof…..This is an A1 canvas (a bit puckered in the corner – I must try and fix that!) with mixed media – mostly acrylics and felt pens for the detailed bits.

The church by the plaza Llano de la Victoria

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A quick sketch outside then the shading added when I got back. (there was a man hanging around who asked me things like ‘what are you drawing, the church?’ Ummm….no the bin over there….I’m afraid I run for cover when I am discovered sketching, almost as if I am doing something I shouldn’t be! I need to grow a tougher skin 🙂 Anyway, this is a lovely,small church- I have been to a sad funeral for a special lady in here and also been to a few concerts. It has beautiful big cloisters on the side and sometimes charity markets are held in there. The plaza, to the left, was a great venue when Jimena had its music festival (rumoured to be returning this year -we are all hoping!)

Iglesia de San Francisco

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This church is just round the corner from where we live. We attended some rather nice choral concerts there on hot summer evenings last year. It’s on a corner between where two streets feed into each other, Calle Barrera and Calle San Francisco. Some very strange angles to get my head around…..mind you, most of Jimena is at a strange angle and slowly sliding down the hill 🙂