ThirtyFour: Sunsets Galore


Continuing the ‘Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley’ year long quest.

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Sunsets Galore, 8x10, oil on board
Sunsets Galore, 8×10, oil on board

We had another storm front blow in this week. Although we didn’t get much rain, the sunset was great again. I generally haven’t painted many sunsets, as they can quickly become cliché, but this is the third sunset I have done in this series. Fairly soon, we will have the cloudless days of summer, so thought I would paint them as they come. As mentioned before, painting sunsets is tricky as right after the best part, it’s dark! Once again, I made color notes of the sunset from my home, then finished the painting the next day.

Laguna Creek flows out of the east hills of the San Francisco Bay area, through various channels in the city of Milpitas. Milpitas, Spanish for “Place of little cornfields”, sits in the southeast side of the bay, and is a combination of industrial zones and homes. The corporate headquarters of Maxtor, LSI Corporation, Flextronics, Adaptec, Intersil, Fireeye, Cisco Systems, JDSU, KLA-Tencor, and SanDisk are in Milpitas. Many in the region equate Milpitas with the Great Mall of the Bay Area, a huge mall built in the shell of an old Ford assembly plant where Ford Mustangs, among other names, used to be built.

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I painted the creek down a little dirt road in a small park by the wetlands, behind miles of office parks & buildings full of high tech companies. Once again, behind a chain link fence.

I am off to the Carmel Art Festival next week, so no new paintings in this quest will be forthcoming. I’ll try to post about the Carmel show either here on this weblog, or on my Facebook page. You can find my Facebook artist page here, so be sure to Like my page so you will get periodic updates!


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