Painting Coyote Creek

Coyote Creek flows through much of Santa Clara Valley (AKA Silicon Valley). At 60 miles long, it is the longest creek in the county & is probably more the size of a river much of the year.

The Los Gatos plein air group was painting at a location along the creek about 5 miles south of San Jose. After several weeks of rain and clouds, it was a clear, but brisk day, so I joined them.

I got a little late start, but arrived around 10 am and a number were already out painting. I set up along the bank and started the painting. It was certainly brisk and windy!! At times, I had to hold onto some of my items to keep them from blowing away.

I finished a painting in a little over an hour. It was an 8×10, and I think turned out quite well…definitely a keeper. Below are some photos from the trip.

Below is my painting with the scene directly behind it.

Below is Nick White and right behind him my easel.


Below is a quick snapshot of my painting near completion. Some may notice, I replaced the lake in the background with a green field. I thought the lake would detract too much from my center of interest, which is the creek as it goes around the bend.


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