Saturday, February 21, 2015


On 2.17.15 My better half Mr. Twister and I attended the private reception for fine artist Carolyn Carradine's "Lent Project 2014" wherein she painted all 21 of California's missions.

The missions built between 1769 and 1833, betwixt San Francisco and San Diego by Franciscan Catholic priests were designed to be a full day's walk apart from one another, and they shaped much of California's history by establishing destinations that became the state's major cities. 

Carolyn painted each 8"x10" oil painting in true plein air style, visiting each mission over the course of the last year. Her self-imposed dictate was to take no more than a day to paint each one in person with no later corrections allowed. The beautiful locale for this exhibition had added significence for Carolyn and her husband Chris, fellow artist, architect and vice-president of Walt Disney Imagineering, as the latter had lived in Leonis Adobe with his illustrious actor family before it became a museum. 

Mr. Twister and Carolyn (top photo) are longtime friends. Four decades ago she was his landlady in Hollywood's famed and arty Laurel Canyon! Carolyn Carradine's website and art purchase information, click here: LINK.
Above, gorgeous nighttime exterior (and gorgeous Mr. Twister) with Leonis Adobe farm outbuildings plus barn cat; and the vintage 1870s Plummer house (below, guest photographer Kurt Ingham) on the same compound. These are great time travel windows into Southern California agricultural life in the 1800s. For more info on visiting hours, field trips, directions, ranch history etc. go to LINK.
Leonis Adobe also houses farm animals for visitors' additional pleasure and education since this was part of the original ranch experience. Pictured are a barn cat becoming quite partial to Mr. Twister, two Percheron draft horses, one of many Longhorn cattle, friendly sheep and their new lambs.

us by guest photographer Carolyn Carradine

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