Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chapel Dulcinea

charcoal study in my sketchbook

What an awesome morning for an outing with the Plein Air Austin group at the world renowned and free Chapel DulcineaLove birds have traveled from as far as Australia to wed in this charming little structure overlooking the hill country. The chapel was built into a cliff with ancient walking trails throughout guiding you to poetic sculptures and gardens.

They say that after vows are exchanged, the couple opens the 10' spanish gothic door behind the alter leading to the bell tower and tug on the rope to ring the bell, announcing their blessed union for all to hear. Pure joy.

Couldn't resist venturing out with my sketchbook on this beautiful day, sadly  no time to paint. If you'd like to see this magical destination in color, check out the link to their website listed above and the blog links of a few PAA's talented painters: Laurel Daniel, Julie Davis and Stephen Parker.


  1. Lovely study Marilyn, just the right amount of detail

  2. Marilyn,

    Thank you for the shout-out, and I'm as impressed now as I was when I saw your sketch in person. This is simply gorgeous--striking. And a refreshing alternative to all the oil painting that went on that morning (myself included)!

  3. Beautiful Marilyn like all of your work. I like the description too. I was at a wedding this summer in a beautiful chapel and the bride's nephews (about 7 and 9) got to pull the bell chord for her. It was lovely.

    Thanks for this.
    XO Barbara

  4. beautiful sketch. Lovely work.