Vibrant Color Leaves Impression

contrast of color, checkerboard fields, Santa Lucia foothills

Foothills Contrast - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Foothills Contrastdigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

While driving on River Road up and back along the Santa Lucia foothills last week – I was struck by the incredible color of what was some sort of neglected weed or cover crop.

Despite being essentially dead – it was a remarkably vibrant gold color with some brown mixed in – it was checkerboard strewn through the green fields.

The contrast was amazing and left a strong impression. The glow and contrast is what’s left – the composition pales a bit – but is close enough to communicate.  The grape vines in the foreground – were not in the scene of the impression, but are quite plausible for the area this is from – and it definitely makes for a more interesting view.

I do like the trees.

See Also

  • River Run
    another impression from River Road – different time – different view – check out enlargement and details – really improves full scale
  • Carmel Valley Road to Greenfield
    Not completely same road – but very close and very similar look and feel
  • Cauliflower on River Road
    Vector Point and Scenic Visions gallery – numerous photos of area from local photographer Kirk Kennedy

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