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Monday, February 22, 2010

San Jose, California - Original Acrylic Landscape Painting for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout Challenge by Pennsylvania Painter Pat Koscienski


San Jose, California
8 x 10
Acrylic on canvas
This painting was done for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout Challenge. This month we were to paint the San Francisco Bay area with Santa Rosa to the north, Atioch to the east, and San Jose to the south. Using the Google Map Street View, I found this beautiful scene in the San Jose area and loved the colors. There were several others of equal beauty, so hopefully I will have time to revisit and paint more of these rural scenes. I used a palette knife thinking I would loosen up when painting these photographs onto a small canvas, however, it still is a bit fussier than I like. But, sometimes, I just end the "conversation" between the painting and me, and just let it rest. If interested in purchasing, contact Pat at patsfineart@hotmail.com Please stop by and visit my website to see more of my paintings, both representational and abstract at :

14 comments:

Dana Chabino said...

What an awesome painting! Love the texture & style! Great job!

Tatiana Myers said...

Simply love it, Pat! What a colors!

Sheila said...

Wow! Great job on an area a little south of my location Pat!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Pat, my memories of my first six years of life in California almost always deal with color. I have such strong images of crystal blue skies, green ocean and the warm ochres and siennas of the desert. Just looking at this took me back to a wonderful place. Your painting is phenomenal.

Pat Koscienski said...

Thanks, Dana, I love texture and really enjoy working the paint.

Pat Koscienski said...

Thanks, Tatiana. I think that is what attracted me to this area.

Pat Koscienski said...

Sheila, it's always great to put a face to some of the bloggers. Now I'll remember your state also.

Pat Koscienski said...

Now, Claire, I learned something new about you. Never knew you lived in California. I'm glad to know that I came a little close to replicating the colors that I saw on Google Map Street View. Thank you.

AutumnLeaves said...

Gosh, Pat! Your talents are unlimited! Palette knives too? I love this painting, the texture especially caught me right from the beginning. The colors are indeed fabulous. Talk about a painted desert! You've nailed this beautiful place!

Pat Koscienski said...

Thank you, Autumn for your complimentary comments. I do enjoy trying different mediumns and different techniques. I'm not sure they all work, but I won't know unless I take the risk. LOL

Julie Hill said...

Pat, poppin over from Virtual Paintout.. i like this piece of yours- the colors and looseness. well done! I have yet to get my painting started even...not much time left..we will see. happy painting to you!

Pat Koscienski said...

Julie, you made my day. I thought I was running late. I still don't have my Windows to the Words Challenge done yet. We right brained people!!!

Julie Bloch said...

Pat, love your entry. The colors and feel to it are great.

Pat Koscienski said...

Thanks, for dropping by, Julie. And, thank you for the complementary comment.