Downtown

From April 2020, for a year, I posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts. Some of these paintings are still available.

“Downtown”, 16×20, oil on panel, plein air

Here is another one in the foothills above my old place in San Jose. For those familiar with the area, Quimby Road went by near the house and then up the hills, to Mt Hamilton and Lick Observatory, and then eventually to the central San Joaquin Valley. It’s a very windy road with some 15mph hairpin turns, but what views!

From the “uus stuudiokarantiin”, this view is a few minutes drive up Quimby looking back to downtown San Jose. Once you get past the city’s edge, it turns very pastoral immediately with old barns, cows, horses, and wildlife. Painting this for the Los Gatos Plein Air Art Festival back in 2013, you can read more about those adventures here—
http://www.donaldneff.com/blog/los-gatos-art-festival-2013/