July – Foggy Farming
Fog rolls in frequently during the summer months along much of the northern coastline of California. The frequency of fog is due to a particular combination of factors peculiar to the region. Morning sun heats the ground further inland with temperatures reaching into the 90’s and 100’s. The hot inland air rises and the heavier cold ocean air rushes in to replace it. This flow from the high to the low pressure zone pulls the marine layer through the inland valleys. The marine layer is basically a layer of fog which hangs out in the Pacific Ocean.
Spina Farms sits on the corner of Santa Teresa Blvd, and Bailey Avenue in Coyote Valley. With roots going back three generations, the family owned farm has been a community mainstay offering pumpkins in the fall, firewood, produce, train rides and other activities.
My fourth painting in the Preserve Coyote Valley Quest, another studio work, depicts the fog clearing in the valley. As it clears, the morning sun pokes through and illuminates the hillsides, and eventually completely dissipates. Spina Farms sits in the foreground. I did use a little artists license and moved things around plus eliminated quite a bit for a more pleasing composition. As usual, I might touch this up a bit later, but will leave it as-is for now.