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

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

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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.

Comments

  1. nancy t
    September 26, 2010

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

  2. Alex Tan
    September 26, 2010

    I love it!!!

  3. Cathy
    September 26, 2010

    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.

  4. Raena
    September 26, 2010

    Love the painting and the informative writing with it!

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