Just before the end of the year I spent 10 days in central California and wow is it beautiful.
Thanks to local friends who guided me to great painting locations, I had the chance to paint and see several new places. I cannot describe the landscape here, suffice to say it is definitely not Rome.
oil on linen panel
There is so much to see and explore in this vast and fascinating landscape. There are rolling hills covered in long, dry, brown grasses like these here and then lush wooded landscapes meeting cliffs and sometimes going down to the Pacific Ocean.
I knew or had an idea what this landscape would be like from admiring so many California Impressionist books of painting. But as we all know, experiencing a place for yourself gives it a whole new meaning.
You can see other American Landscapes here on my website