Bay Area Blues - Part Two
The series is done - for now. I have enjoyed this series so much, I’m dreaming of another trip to the Bay Area, preferably with my easel and paints for a little plein air painting. Until I make that happen, this series is done and will be exhibited for the first time at the ValeArts “Fall into Color” show opening on Friday. These are the final three in the series.
The sky in the San Francisco bay area is often a beautiful vibrant blue - like cobalt blue straight out of the tube. On this day in Sonoma, I was most drawn to the contrasts and opposites before me. The opposite colors of the bright orange poppies, and the vibrant blue sky; the softness of weathered wood contrasted against the bright white stucco of the building; and the soft edges of the plants against the hard edges of the building. The San Fransisco Solano mission in Sonoma is a place I have visited often and it has a special place in my heart.
“A Good Place to Think” - when I lived in San Francisco, I often went to Ocean Beach to visit the ruins of the Sutro Baths. I would cross the remains of the building’s foundation and sit on a ledge below the Cliff House restaurant and watch the waves hitting Seal Rock. Something about that place and the rhythmic sound of crashing waves was so calming and meditative. I could sit there for long periods of time just watching the waves.
“From Land’s End” - after sitting and watching the waves, I would often walk along the Land’s End trail. At one point, you come to a bend in the trail, and as you turn the corner, there it is. My favorite view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge used to be framed by trees there, but now it is framed by the vibrant juniper growing along the cliff’s edge. No matter, it is still a stunning view that takes my breath away every time.