One of the neatest things online documenting the Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley quest is the online interactive map. Here, each painting location is shown, and when you click on each pin, the painting from that location pops up. It’s like taking an art tour of the waterways in Santa Clara Valley. You can see the map by clicking the link below–
You might notice there is an empty space right in the middle in the cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara. Historically, very few creeks made it across this stretch of the valley soaking into the porous alluvial soil of the flatlands. What few creeks did make it across, I have already painted in more scenic areas closer to the foothills. In the flatlands, what still flows is mostly in underground culverts or cement channels. I am still scouring the area for places to paint, so will see what comes up in the next couple months.
Just added a mobile feature for this weblog so it can easily be viewed on most smartphones. If you use wordpress, I would highly recommend using the WPTouch plugin. It’s free and actually only took a few minutes to load and install. Not sure why I didn’t do it before!
I am a real fan of Google Earth.Â If you haven’t tried it, please do!Â From virtually scouting out plein air painting sites, to finding houses I lived in as a child, to virtually exploring a Greek isle before a Mediterranean cruise, it has many uses.
The Family of Felipe IV, or Las Meninas by Diego VelÃ¡zquez
The Three Graces by Peter Paul Rubens
So, if you haven’t downloaded Google Earth yet you’re missing out! Hopefully Google will continue to expand this feature.
Google says “The paintings have been photographed in very high resolution and contain as many as 14,000 million pixels (14 gigapixels). With this high level resolution you are able to see fine details such as the tiny bee on a flower in The Three Graces (Las Tres Gracias), delicate tears on the faces of the figures in The Descent from the Cross (El Descendimiento ) and complex figures in The Garden of Earthly Delights (El Jardin de las Delicias)” on their Google Earth and Maps blog here.
Creative Spotlite, a great online source for free art lessons, discount art supplies and other resources just featured my new Commission/Demo to their art instruction blog.Â If you haven’t checked out their website and blog, it is a great resource for any artist.Â You can also subscribe to their art instruction blog just like any weblog, and/or receive emails with updates to their Artist Spotlite and Painting Lessions.Â Be sure to check them out!
You can check out my demo on their site here, or on my own website here.
Just received word I am the featured artist on Creative Spotlight this week. They also have several of my demos’ on their website. If you have never explored this website, it is full of great information, demonstrations and lessons every artist can learn from.
Today is the fifth anniversary of my Weblog!! I started the weblog on a trip to Ouray Colorado, Tuesday January 14, 2003 when I had a one man show at the Ago Gallery there. It was the middle of winter, freezing cold…in fact so cold they were having the annual “Ouray Ice Festival” at the time. Below is a photo composite of the Dallas Divide near Ouray.
For the first four years, I just ‘rolled my own’ blog, not using standard weblog software. The reason at the time was I wanted it completely integrated in my web site. I switched to WordPress software in January of 2007, to get extra features such as RSS feeds, blog searching, etc. which would have been pretty hard to ‘program’ in my own website. This may lead some people to believe my blog is only a year old, but it really is five.