Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kayaking the American River past Negro Bar

No, I'm not politically incorrect here. "Negro Bar" is the name given to this stretch of the American River going through the Mother Lode, gold rush area of the Sierra Mountain foot hills. During the great California gold rush in the mid 19th century, gold miners panning for gold on the banks of the river segregated their camps. There were camps for whites ( mostly caucasians from east of the Mississippi and Europe), browns (hispanics, mostly from south of the border), yellows (asians and usually newly arrived Chinese), and blacks (free ex-slaves, aka: negroes). Hence, Negro Bar". This watercolor is hot off my brush painted on 140lb. cold press Arches watercolor paper. 5 1/2 inches by 15 1/2 inches. The female in the kayak is caucasian. Kayaking is an equal opportunity activity in California. Gay marriage is not, however.


Carol Blackburn said...

This is fabulous, David.

AutumnLeaves said...


David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Autumn and Carol. I'm going to paint this scene again at a larger size. This one is a preliminary study.