"Santa Clara County Heritage"
11" x 14" Watercolor
Drawing with non-dominant hand
and micron pen
Old wagon contour drawing
without peeking at the subject
Last Thursday began as a crisp 31 degrees, but warmed up nicely by midday. I did plein air with the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. Sylvia gave us some drawing exercises and we had great fun getting out of our comfort zone. I was able to apply the gestural drawings and negative drawing when I painted my version of the Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard. I concentrated on one old sentinel tree and the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and sky. The mustard was just beginning to come out so I liberally used some golden yellows on the ground.
Before the mid-50s, Santa Clara Valley was filled with beautiful fruit orchards. It must have been a sight to behold. Today, we have to have a park like the Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard to visit our roots! High tech has largely replaced agriculture, though I am fortunate to live right next to active farming on my end of town.
See sample art and photos on the paintsites blog. In the attentive class photo, I am the one in the bright pink fleece.