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.