Valencia Peak Trail Hike - Montaña de Oro

Trying to get a little more exercise in these days. Travel makes it hard to be daily.

Today I took a long walk on several connecting trails in Montaña de Oro. Badger to Beebe to Valencia Peak to Rattlesnake.

The fog is heavy this year.

Salmon Creek Hike

I went hiking up north of Ragged Point today. They've opened the road almost to Gorda. I have no idea when CA 1 is going to be open again, what with the broken bridge and the quarter-mile mudslide.

I wonder if it's allowed to walk on the closed highway. That would be a nice walk, and an unusual opportunity.

I hiked up the hill above the falls. I didn't make it very far, but there were some nice views of the fog:

Poppies #3

And so today I start my third painting within a 12 month period!

Poppies #2 - Final

Well, it looks like I haven't provided a painting update since April. The painting went through several iterations, but I'm now at that point where anything I do is either unnoticeable or makes the painting worse. Maybe this is the limit of how good I can get.

I like the layout of this one, but I'm really not happy with the way the texture of the canvas shows through. I don't know if I'm not putting enough paint on my brush or if my paint isn't mixed well enough. Maybe the paint isn't wet enough.

Here's what I'm talking about. Take a look at this texture:

If anyone knows what I'm doing wrong here, please drop a line in the comments. It's frustrating.

Anyway, here's the finished product. This is more or less what the end of my street looked like back in March.