About the Book
You don't really know Silicon Valley until you have read this book! Once a lush agrarian area, Santa Clara Valley, AKA Silicon Valley, still has hidden little places buried in the urban and suburban sprawl. Tucked away in back alleys, under freeways, and behind fences are wonderful little scenes people hardly notice in the rush of modern life.
With an eye for these hidden treasures, as both a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and now an internationally acclaimed artist, Donald Neff started a yearlong quest to once a week paint a creek, river, or waterway of Santa Clara Valley en plein air. Plein Air is a French term which means painted on location.
Neff’s goal is to help everyone appreciate more the wonderful variety of what used to be called “The Valley of Heart’s Delight,” which seems to be lost in the urban and suburban sprawl. He also wanted to raise interest in preserving our city creeks, waterways, and other natural areas.
Sixty paintings of 43 creeks are represented in locations all over Santa Clara Valley and the South San Francisco Bay area, painted from November 2013 to November 2014. All paintings, save one acrylic, are oil on 8x10 inches canvas board. The book is also 8x10 so all paintings are shown actual size. Included are also interesting descriptions, history, little know facts, and other information on each painting location.
Features & Details
- Category Fine Art
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781320842006
- Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781320842013
- Softcover: 9781320842020
- Publish Date Mar 30, 2015
- Language English
- Tags art, painting, creeks, streams, rivers, landscape, plein air, silicon valley, santa clara valley, valley of hearts delight
Donald Neff’s art is a product of his love for nature and the outdoors. Working in both oils and acrylic polymer, Neff’s work reflects a colorful realism of the land he travels. Donald is an Oregon native and spent childhood years in Pasadena, California and Eastern Texas. Although drawing and painting since childhood, in 2001, Donald retired from a computer science career to devote full time to his art. He lives and paints in the San Francisco Bay area. Donald's work is shown in galleries, institutional, and private collections throughout the United States. He has had one man shows at such institutions as the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, California, and Ambassador Gallery in Pasadena California. He has shown at the Salmagundi Club in New York, Yosemite Valley Visitors Center, and won first place in statewide exhibitions in California. His work has been a finalist in the prestigious Arts for the Parks “Mini-Fifty” and the Top 200 competition in Jackson, Wyoming.