Victorian Lore

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.

“Victorian Lore”, 24×12, oil on canvas, plein air. 

Alum Rock Park in the foothills just east of San Jose was founded in 1872. With its dozens of mineral springs, it became a nationally famous health destination. Stone grottos were built around 20 springs, along with bath houses, hotels, saloons, a zoo, and other facilities over the years. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, San Jose residents and others could take the trolly from downtown east to commune with nature, partake of the mineral baths, and other attractions.

All that is gone now except the stone bridges, and grottos. The park has basically ‘returned to nature’.  

From the “ny studiekarantæne”, I originally painted this for the Los Gatos Art Festival plein air event. The painting is of one of the remaining foot bridges across Penitencia Creek in the park built in 1913. It didn’t sell at that show, so I touched it up later in the studio. It’s also part of my vertical water series I add to occasionally you can see here–