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The Salinas Valley is only a few miles from our home in Marina. Last Tuesday, I went out to East Garrison, a new housing development in the old Ft Ord, just minutes away, to paint the Sailnas Valley. The area has expansive views from the bluffs overlooking the valley. With our record breaking wet winter, wildflowers were in abundance from California Poppies to blue Lupin. I had in mind an upcoming show which I already had a piece or two lined up to enter, but wanted something more in line of the theme of the show. I’ll talk about the show in a later blog (if I get in), and as yet, not even sure I will enter this painting.
It started out as a cloudy, hazy morning, and as I painted for a couple hours, the sun finally broke through.
Here are a few more pictures of the day after the sun came out.