Monday, January 26, 2015

Sikh Gurdwara San Jose, plein air and studio paintings

 Our visit to the Sikh Gurdwara Temple in San Jose was a feast for the eyes.  The temple sits up in the hills with a panoramic view of the valley.  There are beautiful arches, columns and domes, plus fountains and the hills behind. Way too much to take in on one visit!  It was a little chilly, but I did my best with some sketches and a little sketchbook painting of the domes.

 This last sketch was done later in the afternoon, the shadows changed minute by minute so I tried to work very quickly.

 Today I worked in my studio,from my sketches, trying some loose impressions of the temple just with paint - no preliminary drawing.

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