Apr 25, 2013

Freeway Palm

Oil/linen panel
Plein air

When I paint in Mission Valley I try to imagine the paradise it must have been before I-8 and all the malls and condos were there.  I imagine past San Diego artists like Alfred Mitchell, Charles Reiffel and Maurice Braun painting away in this valley.  Though now the valley is way different from when they were here (1890 to 1940 more or less) a different kind of beauty is found.  The palms and plants still shine bright no matter if the concrete jungle dominates the landscape.  This one was painted near the transit station at Fashion Valley Mall.

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