Continuing the â€˜Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valleyâ€™ year long quest.
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So, how come I am doing a ‘plein air’ creek scene in only gold, silver, black, and white, of a creek thatâ€™s really not a creek, of a scene that really doesnâ€™t exactly exist? Hereâ€™s the storyâ€¦
Iâ€™ve been trying to figure out how to do a piece on Apple as it is probably the most internationally recognized brand name headquartered in Silicon Valley. There are no real creeks anywhere near Appleâ€™s headquarters, however, there is an engineered channel which runs right by it between Infinite Loop Dr and Highway 280. It even has a name, Junipero Serra Channel.
The engineered drainage channel collects storm water from the area and diverts it to the Sunnyvale East Channel and Calabazas Creek. There was even a bit of water in it, although it wasnâ€™t really flowing. The last painting, FortyThree: Fruit Tree was of the Sunnyvale East Channel, also an engineered channel, but a little prettier as it wasnâ€™t just all concrete! I have also painted Calabazas Creek several times in ThirtyOne: A Setting Sun, and Forty: Plein Air Selfie.
After I painted it, was a little undecided whether to include it in the collection. I am not sure this should be counted as true plein air as it is a composite of the channel, and a part of Appleâ€™s headquarters down the street. There was also a lot of pre-planning and later touchup in the studio. You could glimpse only a corner of the building, 3 Infinite Loop, through all the trees from where I was painting the channel, so painted the building from across the street about half a block away.
Since I was going off the reservation with this one, might as well go all the way and make it really differentâ€¦.by using only colors found in the iPhone 5s phones, gold, silver, and grey, plus black, and white (you can probably figure out how I got the grey). Acrylic would work better with a more iridescent gold and silver, and just happened to have those acrylic colors on hand. This is the first, and probably the last acrylic painting in the creeks quest.
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I also did a couple Panorama’s of the busy thoroughfare–
Afterwards, thinking about it, maybe should have painted it like one of theseâ€¦
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