Trying to be creative in painting an image of Sutter's Fort is a challenge. As you can see from the photo, it is a block. I'm not sure how that tree got there, but probably a later addition when the place was safe. This fort was the center of the city of Sacramento. Inside there is a beehive of activity with people in period dress doing things as they were done at the time. Buses are continuously discharging groups of school children. There also were plenty of critics on hand as I painted. They are the many homeless that stay around this spot.
It was a beautiful day to paint. If I were to do it again, I would compose a contrast between the fort and the modern structures that surround it.