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Painting of Lexington Reservoir

Last week I scrambled down to an inlet of the Lexington Reservoir near Los Gatos with my friend Vernon and we painted a little. We were looking for some ambient water. It was so hot and sunny that we had to go up into a shady gully to one side. We saw some egrets landing. I’ve gone back to the picture four times, and I think it’s done now.

I had to focus down on just part of the scene to get a picture. The two things I liked best were the wavy shoreline and the cracked mud.

I always think of math when I see things like this…

6 Responses to “Painting of Lexington Reservoir”

  1. paradoctor Says:

    Yeah, those mud-crack polygons are a serious computation… but of what?

  2. paradoctor Says:

    What gets to me are all those horizontal sediment layers. So many… one per year over years and years and years and years…

    Once I visited the Grand Canyon, saw similar striations, and realized that it was too much for me to see. Too complex; my input stack overflowed. The canyon defeated my brain.

  3. Alex Says:

    Have you read the Betty Edwards book “Drawing on the Right-Side of the Brain”? It’s very interesting from a science angle, and it helped me improve my drawing skills!

  4. Bradley Says:

    Ooh, the water is getting low…any sign of the village yet? A few years back I read about the road and small settlement that used to exist there.

  5. Rudy Says:

    Bradley, the water’s actually relatively high right now. This is nothing like the seven-year drought of the late 1980s.

    Every now and then the water statraps drain the reservoir dry to re-engineer the run-off drains, which never seem to get fully fixed, seems like some kind of public works scam.

    I have in fact seen that drowned village Lexington (the Atlantis of Los Gatos), pretty much all that’s there now is an old concrete brdige.

  6. Andrea Says:

    This picture reminds me the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland:

    http://simonward.com/wallpaper/causeway.jpg

    It’s a large natural area of about 40000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from a volcanic eruption.

    I’ve seen them this summer during my irish holidays and these rocks are amazing!


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