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Flooded!

All of you have by now heard about the flooding in my hometown of San Jose around Coyote Creek, the largest watershed in Silicon Valley. During my year long quest to paint “The Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley” I did 18 paintings in the Coyote watershed, and 5 of Coyote Creek itself. That was …

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Drenched

Most of you know California is getting drenched, and much of the rest of the US is getting heavy snow. I ventured out today to check a spot I painted three years ago Christmas morning, along Coyote Creek, to see what it looked like. You can read more about when I painted it December 25, …

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Don Edwards SF Bay NWR Center Reception

Continuing the ”Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley” year long quest. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the right sidebar>>>>>   Technically, it’s Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Education Center, which is quite a mouthful. There are selected paintings from “The Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley” currently on …

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Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Exhibit

During my quest of painting the creeks of Silicon Valley, I painted in many places, but almost all the creeks end up in the marshes of the San Francisco Bay in what is now called the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge encompasses most of the southern portions of the bay, and is a …

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FiftyTwo: Valley View

Continuing the ”Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley” year long quest. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the right sidebar>>>>> I thought it might be appropriate to do an expansive painting of Santa Clara Valley for painting #52. Although I have reached the total count of one painting a week for a …

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FiftyOne: Cleanup’s Never Done

Continuing the ”Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley” year long quest. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the right sidebar>>>>>   San Jose is the southernmost major U. S. city with known salmon spawning runs. In past years, their progress had been blocked primarily by the culverts, wide concrete channels, and other …

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Forty: Plein Air Selfie

Continuing the ˜Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley™ year long quest. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the sidebar>>>>> The world’s first true plein air selfie**. No mirrors or photographs were used in painting this self portrait of me in the landscape, but it was painted on location by myself, actually looking …

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ThirtyNine: Beaver Sign!

Continuing the “Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley” year long quest. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the right sidebar>>>>> Thar’s beaver in that thar valley! so the pioneer mountain men used to say. Yes, there are wild beaver right downtown San Jose, the “Capital of Silicon Valley”. First discovered in March …

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ThirtyFive: A Harley Ride

Continuing the ‘Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley’ year long quest. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the right sidebar>>>>> Tularcitos Creek flows for just a few miles from the eastern foothills above Milpitas, California, and as soon as it hits suburbia, is channeled into an underground culvert, and not seen again. …

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TwentyEight: The Tollgate

Continuing the ‘Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley’ year long quest. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the right sidebar>>>>> Starting in 1847, the little pioneer town nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains of Santa Clara Valley had been called Arroyo Quito, Campbell Creek, Campbell’s Gap, Tollgate, McCartysville, and …

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