Sunday, January 8, 2012

Downtown San Jose

"High Tech Low Tech"
San Jose, CA
18" x 24" Watercolor

I'm continuing to fill those large frames for my show.  Back in March 2010, Bob and I took our bikes on light rail and went to downtown San Jose. This scene is on San Fernando Street at the corner of Delmas Avenue. There is an old neighborhood market backed by the modern high rises. Adobe Software, creator of  the ever popular PDF formatter, is just down the street.The juxtaposition of the old market that sells beer and groceries and offers money wire transfers with one of our many Silicon Valley technology companies offers a visual statement about our past and our future. They coexist. Surrounding the market are some streets with charming small  homes built in the 20s and 30s. Bob did his photographic art while I sat on a bench in a tiny park and painted this scene with my little Koi travel kit.

You can check out my original entry and the 7" x 9" sketch I did. You will note that I changed the direction of the sun for this painting from what was naturally occurring. I wanted to bring the light into the center of interest, the front of the market. However, I find the original small sketch to be very fresh and fun, as sketches are when I quickly capture the scene in just 20 or 30 minutes.


hw (hallie) farber said...

It's hard to choose--the sketch does have a freshness and charm. This painting has smoothness and composition; in a frame it will be a beauty.

conservativelybohemian said...

Very well done, Mary. I am drawn in simply by the differences in architecture and am thrilled to see some trees stayed and were not cut down in the interest of "modernization."