"Tulare Hills at Sunrise"
14" x 21" Watercolor
San Jose, CA
I had one last image in my head for my solo show at the Forum. My 49th framed work presented itself a few weeks ago on my way home from the gym. The sun was rising behind the Tulare Hills that cross the Santa Clara Valley just southeast of my house and continue west into the Santa Teresa Foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The gap on the right is where Santa Teresa Boulevard climbs 6 percent (from my bike computer) and drops back into the valley headed towards Morgan Hill. We live in the last development before the hills and open fields in San Jose. The city line is about three miles south of us.
I like the fact that though I live with a million other people in one of the nation's largest cities, I have a sense of rural California. From my front windows I see Tulare Hills and Santa Teresa County Park to my right. At the base of the park is a large golf course. A lot of electricity is required for a million people, so huge power towers march along the hills to the top of Coyote Peak in the park and beyond. Watching men working from helicopters on those power lines is quite a sight.
I created this painting with my South Side Art Club that meets every Thursday evening. The hills are very dry in the summer and green in winter, except this winter when we have had almost no rain. I like the simplicity of the piece.