Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
May 21, 2024   11:36 pm NL Time

Golden Gate

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Golden Gate


Status of Original Painting – For Sale

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 14 x 20  inches

Price: Inquire

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches


In January we visited San Francisco, a favorite city of mine that I’ve been to many times. At the beginning of a drive that would become a wine tour of Sonoma Valley, our guide promised us a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We drove over and past it, which puzzled me, until he turned off and went down an off-ramp, through a series of tight curves, and presented us with this stunning scene. There was fog in the distance, the sun was shining toward us, and it was pleasantly quiet with just the faint sound of a fog horn and sea birds. The morning traffic overhead was barely audible.

The view is from Fort Baker Bay Trail on the Marin Headlands. Sausalito is behind, San Franciso is in the foggy distance, Alcatraz and Treasure Island are out of view to the far left, while to the right is the Pacific Ocean. The large rock hides the small Lime Point Lighthouse that guards the headland and base of the bridge.

As soon as I saw this scene, I knew I had to paint it. My iPhone came in handy for the main photo, while Lisa provided additional photos that helped me eliminate a few parked cars from the view I wanted.

The iconic color of the bridge is an orange vermilion called International Orange, but the angle of the sun made the color appear somewhat different as I depicted here.

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