Friday, May 7, 2010

Doing something different - Mission San Jose - San Antonio, Texas

Some may be wondering about the recent silence on my blog - I've been busy with my normal life, Imaginary Trip to England class, and some family travel. Most recently I was in Texas for my oldest son's Winging as a Naval Pilot. This was my first visit to Texas and we managed to spend one night and the better part of two days in San Antonio.  


During my travels, when I was checking some of the blogs I follow, I happened to find a post on Urban Sketchers for several sketches of Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas by Paul Heaston!! This was both surprising and interesting to me as I am from San Jose, California where we also have a Mission San Jose. Since we were already planning to visit San Antonio I added the mission to my list of things to visit.  


On Sunday afternoon we visited Mission San Jose in San Antonio. Although I didn't have time to do my own sketches with watercolor, I took many photos that I can use as resources in the future. However, during my visit I was able to do a couple of "rubbings" of a brass plate depicting the mission in the Visitor's Center. Mission San Jose is one of several in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Rangers had supplies to do rubbings. I enjoyed doing the rubbings - it was fun doing something different!! and I look forward to doing some watercolor sketches of it from the photos I took.

6 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

You had me going! I was wondering how in the world you had created the artwork! Now I know!! Very cool and I look forward to seeing more!

Claire M said...

It was different - but certainly fun for me. My one trip (business trip) to England was back in 1983 and I remember visiting Westminster Abbey and hearing that you could do 'rubbings' there. I think I was too intimidated to ask about it at the time and I've always regretted that. I think in that case that the rubbings were over lettering or other design work that was part of the building. Sure would have been fun. If I get another opportunity in the future - I won't pass it up.

Margaret Bednar said...

You have inspired me to go back and take a look at my photos I took almost 16 years ago. We lived in San Antonio for 3 years and we toured all of the missions in one day - our LAST day before moving to Dayton, Ohio (military). It was 100+ degrees and I was 7 months pregnant... I thought they were all beautiful - look forward to seeing your artwork of the mission.

lori vliegen said...

i'm glad you had a good trip....and congrats to your son! your mission rubbing is wonderful! my parents had some framed rubbings in our house when i grew up.....i've always loved the look of them! have a beautiful mother's day, claire!! xox, :))

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Cool rubbing, Claire! A great souvenir of the trip. Congratulations to your son, too.

Sketchalina said...

This turned out beautifully. Thanks for the reminder, I haven't tried a rubbing since design school many years ago.