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Bishop Peak Oil Painting, San Luis Obispo, Central Coast California Art

September 24th, 2010

“Farm at Bishop Peak”
San Luis Obispo, Central Coast
oil painting
14 x 18 inches

See more of my California Central Coast paintings here

When I was painting in San Luis Obispo County earlier this spring with the California Art Club, I was especially attracted to the numerous large peaks that rise from the city of San Luis Obispo out to the sea, the last of which is Morro Rock. Bishop Peak (sometimes called Bishop’s Peak) is one of the Nine Sisters. Technically they are “volcanic plugs,” and the volcanoes that rose above them are long gone. Bishop Peak is the tallest of the formations, and it was noted in the diary of John Muir who wrote:

“The trail brings the traveler suddenly in sight of
Bishop Peak … The town is fairly encircled with beautiful hills…
the one just named being most conspicuous.”

The soft afternoon light and atmospheric mist from the sea made this a picture of rural tranquility that held great appeal for me.

4 Comments »

  1. This is lovely. I really like how you handled the sky! nancy

    Comment by nancy t — September 26, 2010 @ 8:37 am
  2. I love it!!!

    Comment by Alex Tan — September 26, 2010 @ 9:36 am
  3. Lovely colours in the sky and reflected in the green. If it wasn’t for the barn it could be the same volcanic landscape that we have in Sicily.

    Comment by Cathy — September 26, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
  4. Love the painting and the informative writing with it!

    Comment by Raena — September 26, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

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