I am off to Yosemite Park tomorrow for two nights and three days of plein air painting. Most every year I get a special coupon where I get one night free for every night paid. It is too much to pass up, so here we go! The weather is supposed to be clear, but cold. I will try to update my blog while there, but am not sure about Internet access, so will play it as we go.
Below is a plein air painting I did on a trip last year around the same time.
Valley View * 16×20 * Oil on board
Coyote Peak stands like a sentinel guarding the southern gate to the Silicon Valley in South San Jose. It dominates the ridge of the Santa Teresa Hills and greets visitors approaching the Bay Area from the south. The peak is part of the mostly wild and undeveloped lands protected by Santa Teresa County Park. The Los Gatos Plein Air group was painting there today, so I decided to join them.
It was quite cold, and I was recovering from a cold, so I waited until it was a little warmer to head out to the park. Although it is only about 15 minutes from my home, I had actually never gone there. What a great little park! It sits on top of the hill where you can see all around the Silicon Valley area.
Quite a few of the LGAA group was already there. I decided to paint the little valley leading down to Almaden Valley, which is close to the world famous IBM Almaden Research facility (although I could not see it from my vantage point). The painting turned out pretty, good, probably a ‘keeper’. Below are a few pictures from the morning.
Above is my work for the morning…”Almaden Valley Overlook” * 9×12 * Oil on canvas board.
Here is another painting of Crater Lake finished over the holidays.
I show in a gallery at Lake Tahoe, so I do a lot of Lake Tahoe paintings, which tend to sell quite well. The colors are similar, so I have been somewhat “at home” painting Crater Lake. The blues in Crater Lake are deeper than Tahoe. Most of this is because Crater Lake is the deepest in the US, with Tahoe second deepest at about 300 feet shallower. Also, part if it, I think, is with the topography around Crater Lake, you are always looking down from a high vantage point.
I didn’t do much painting over the holidays, but managed to finish a couple paintings of Crater Lake. I did a motorcycle trip last summer through Oregon, and this is one of the studio paintings from that trip.
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