Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy Trees

The title Happy Trees is partly an homage to Bob Ross, whom I think you kind of have to love even if you don't like his paintings because he just had this great enthusiasm, like gee whiz life is good because I get to paint.

Furthermore, I think these really are happy trees.  I painted at Cresenta Valley Park, at the suggestion of another painter.  It was my first visit there, and I was very impressed.  It was easy to get there and easy to park.  The mountains are very close and the views are beautiful.  There's a dog park, and while I'm pretty dog park -phobic, it is a clean and happy dog park.  There's a lovely shaded walking/running trail.  Best of all are the trees.  There is a veritable forest of large lush healthy oak trees.  Over the course of my life I've seen countless beautiful oak trees sacrificed to development, utilities, and over-watering.    

In case you don't know, improper watering is about the worst way to treat a tree.  Sprinklers that spray the trunk of a tree cause the bark to stay wet in summer, which leads to rot, which can kill the tree outright, or weaken it so it's susceptible to pests and disease.  These California oak trees don't take well to much water in the ground either.  Lawns and trees don't always coexist well.  So let the grass go brown and keep the trees happy.

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  1. Lovely depth, the eye leads us to nook and corners because of the light and shade, like it very much!

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    1. Thank you. the light and shadow really made the view.

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  2. Such a beautiful location, you got the trees/shady feel of the park. It was fun watching the many dogs.

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    1. And I didn't have to worry about Frankie.

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  3. also near is George Dukmajon (sp) park. It has an old barn on the property which was recently rehabbed. It was part of some French grape growing family. The trails off of it go directly into the mountain. Flat ground below to set up canvas and parking....

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    1. Very cool. I will add it to the agenda.

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  4. The picture is very pretty and peaceful. Why are you dog park phobic?

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    1. I'm not sure. At the bottom I guess I worry that another dog will hurt mine.

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