Description Oil on canvas. 24' by 18'. June, 2011.
My friend Vernon and I were painting en plein air in the Almaden Quicksilver Park south of San Jose near the Guadalupe Reservoir. I was about to get my left hip joint replaced, due to arthritis, but I led Vernon up to a nice oak I admired on a hilltop. I framed my picture to include the reservoir, Vernon, the oak, and Mount Umunhum in the background. Umunhum is an Ohlone word meaning home of the hummingbird. The box on top is a leftover from an Air Force radar station, thats due to come downsomeday. I layered on my paint thicker than usual, using my palette knife to imitate the grooves of the bark on the tree, the waves in the water, and the long stalks of grass.