Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sunnyvale Baylands Park, Sunnyvale. Brad Santos Appreciation Day. November 8, 2018


Today was not your typical SCVWS Paintsite day, it was planned as a special day to honor our recently retired coordinator, Brad Santos. It was a time for Painstite artists to celebrate Brad's contribution and to let him know how much we appreciate his years of leadership and dedication.

We spent the morning painting in and around the baylands capturing the beautiful shadows cast by the avenues of tall trees backed by marshlands and the East Bay hills. Our lunchtime celebration, including a presentation and delicious desserts, was a big success. There was record attendance and rightfully so, as we were all eager to thank Brad for all he has done in promoting and organizing our weekly plein air group.

Check out the upcoming December issue of the SCVWS Newsletter for more on Brad's Appreciation Day.

Upcoming paintsites: See the SCVWS website or the November and December Newsletters for details:
  • Thursday, Nov 15, Paintsite at Alum Rock Park, San Jose
  • Saturday, Nov 17, Clos LaChance Winery, San Martin
  • Thursday, Nov 29, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, San Jose
  • Thursday, Dec 6, Yamagami's Nursery, Cupertino
  • Thursday, Dec 13, Old Town, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, Dec 27, Stanford Campus

Shows & Exhibits by Paintsites Regulars:
  • Annie Haines and John Ediger each have two paintings in the California Watercolor Association's "Explore Color / Discover Color" exhibit at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.   John's painting "Red Barn" won the 2nd place award. The show runs thru January 31, 2019.    (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/gallery.php?cat=95
  • Tiangong Liu's painting "Low Tide" has been accepted in the California Watercolor Association's 49th National Exhibition to be displayed Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2019 at the Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton.  (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/index.php )
  • Elaine Goldstone has a watercolor “Smith Rock" accepted to The Pacific Art League 97th Anniversary exhibition. The piece will be on view at Pacific Art League through Thursday, November 29th, 2018. PAL is located at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 | 650.321.3891 | info@pacificartleague.org

Paintsite Regulars on TV/YouTube:

Candy Yu was interviewed for two installments of  the "In Our Community" program which aired on KMVT15 Community Media in August.  Each installment is about 25 minutes long.  You can view the interviews at:

Edward Rooks discusses his wildlife paintings (and his interesting life) with Valentina Design Universe:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZNRuBlIrIM&feature=share


Also see Edward's Flickr album of the Sunnyvale Badlands Park paintsite on:

Photos and Artist's Work:



Brad, the honoree! 
(photo by E. Rooks)

Toni painting at the end one the park's tree lined alleyways

Rich, painting under the shade of one of the park's many eucalyptus

Rich's painting

Kaaren and Tanvi (photo by E. Rooks)

Kaaren's painting

Tanvi's Painting

Sham and John (photo by E. Rooks)

Sham's painting

Leslie showing her sketches to park visitors

Leslie's sketches of people visiting the park

Leslie with Paintsite's coordinator Marilyn (photo by E. Rooks)

Marilyn's painting

Elaine G's painting

Dick's pen and ink/watercolor

Caroline's prep sketch
Uma's painting

Cindy's watercolor of eucalyptus

Edward's painting of the park and the East Bay Hills

Lisha, Iris, Salinda and Helen (photo by E. Rooks)
Iris's painting

Salinda holding her painting
Jane's watercolor sketch 

Paintsite artists gather to honor Brad (photo by E. Rooks)

Artist's thanking Brad for his leadership and inspiration (photo by E. Rooks)

Marilyn presenting Brad with a thank you gift: 2 albums containing
 artwork from Paintsite artists (photo by E. Rooks)

Brad's expression says it all (photo by E. Rooks)
 
Time for cake





Sunday, November 4, 2018

Crissy Field West Bluffs, San Francisco, Thursday, November 1, 2018

Crissy Field is located in the Presidio of San Francisco just east of the Golden Gate Bridge. The land that it resides on is an ancient salt marsh and estuary which was filled in for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.  The site was recognized as desirable for air coast defense during World War I, was opened as an Army Airfield in 1921, and air operations continued until the 1970s.  In 1994 the National Park Service took over the Presidio including Crissy Field and the field was opened to the public as a park in 2001.

We had spectacular weather for our trip to San Francisco with pleasantly warm temperature and such calm winds that the reflection of the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge was clearly visible in the water.  Some of us used our umbrellas while sitting on the wharf with no worry that they would blow into the Bay.  The bridge looked very beautiful with the morning sun -- different than when it had been backlit when we painted it from the west on earlier paintsites.  It was a long drive to San Francisco, but kudos to our artists for extensive use of carpools.

For more information about Crissy Field please refer to the following links:

Upcoming paintsites: See the SCVWS website or the November Newsletter for details:
  • Thursday, Nov 8, Brad Santos Appreciation Day at Sunnyvale Baylands Park
  • Thursday, Nov 15, Paintsite at Alum Rock Park, San Jose
  • Saturday, Nov 17, Clos LaChance Winery, San Martin
  • Thursday, Nov 29, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, San Jose
  • Thursday, Dec 6, Yamagami's Nursery, Cupertino
  • Thursday, Dec 13, Old Town, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, Dec 27, Stanford Campus

Shows & Exhibits by Paintsites Regulars:
  • Annie Haines and John Ediger each have two paintings in the California Watercolor Association's "Explore Color / Discover Color" exhibit at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.   John's painting "Red Barn" won the 2nd place award. The show runs thru January 31, 2019.    (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/gallery.php?cat=95
  • Tiangong Liu's painting "Low Tide" has been accepted in the California Watercolor Association's 49th National Exhibition to be displayed Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2019 at the Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton.  (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/index.php )
  • Elaine Goldstone has a watercolor “Smith Rock" accepted to The Pacific Art League 97th Anniversary exhibition. The piece will be on view at Pacific Art League through Thursday, November 29th, 2018. PAL is located at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 | 650.321.3891 | info@pacificartleague.org

Paintsite Regulars on TV/YouTube:

Candy Yu was interviewed for two installments of  the "In Our Community" program which aired on KMVT15 Community Media in August.  Each installment is about 25 minutes long.  You can view the interviews at:

Edward Rooks discusses his wildlife paintings (and his interesting life) with Valentina Design Universe:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZNRuBlIrIM&feature=share

Also see Edward's Flickr album of the Crissy Field paintsite on:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardrooks/sets/72157701556307251/

The artists and their work:

Salinda's painting of the Golden Gate Bridge

Dick and Salinda seem to be very happy to be in San Francisco
on such a beautiful day.

Dick's painting of Fort Point with just a bit of the bridge

Marilyn and Salinda

Mary R's painting of Fort Point with just a bit of the bridge

Kaaren's painting of the South Tower as viewed from the beach

Susan B-G is seeking shade on such a warm day.

Susan B-G's painting of the Golden Gate Bridge

Jane

Jane's painting of the Presidio

Helen and Lisha

Helen's painting of the San Francisco skyline

Kaaren's sketch of the San Francisco skyline

Marilyn, Salinda, and Dick use their umbrellas for shade on the wharf

Liz
Elaine G. and Edward are setting up at the overlook.

Edward has finished his painting so it is time for photography.
(Photo by Elaine G.)

Edward's painting of the view of the San Francisco Bay 
from the lookout point

Brad's painting of Pilots' Quarters
The Red and White Fleet is giving tourists a scenic cruise in the Bay and the
time is 10 AM PDT according to the sun dial made up of the North Tower
and the shadows on the Marin Headlands in Marilyn's painting of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Eating lunch in the shade

Sharing our artwork.  (Photo by Edward Rooks)

Sharing our artwork. (Photo by Edward Rooks)

The group posed in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.  (Photo by Edward Rooks)