Del Oro mural |

Del Oro mural

Perhaps the sketch image was printed too dark for some of your readers, but the image depicts exactly what some have commented on: a working mine shaft with miners being lowered into a new vein via elevator cart. This was a rough concept that was entered (with no pay) as an initial idea. After further conversations with committee members, many refinements and modifications will be reflected in a larger, detailed sketch.

I am making efforts to depict the mining activity more clearly, change the rock walls to a lighter and more inviting mine area, refine the lit image of the lovely glass falls to clearly represent Yuba River cascades, and, perhaps most importantly, make the original town heart icon as a major element of this piece.

I certainly invite feedback from any community member on the upcoming larger sketch: the more information I have, the broader the palette. I would however like to insure skeptics that until then this is still a “work in progress.”

John Pugh

San Jose

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