San Carlos Canyon View

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of a San Carlos Canyon View

San Carlos View

One of my friends lives on a canyon in San Carlos, a neighborhood in San Digo. She has an incredible view from her patio that goes all the way across town, practically to the sea. She graciously opened her home, and I painted there all morning. It was a very comfortable way to paint plein air. It was an overcast day, and the colors were more muted than usual. I was taken with the strong shapes of the canyon hills and emphasized their forms. I wondered about including more of the shrubbery but finally decided it diverted too much attention from the landscape’s shapes.