Sunday, January 17, 2021

Week 42, Jan 10 - 16, 2021

   Due to the higher tiered COVID-19 restrictions, Paintsites has been postponed until we can  reschedule. Please check the SCVWS Paintsites details page for updates. We are still publishing the blog and hope you will continue to submit your artwork. It has been so inspiring to see Paintsites artists continue to paint despite the worries and restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Your artwork is wonderful! Please keep it up but stay safe.

In case you are stuck for ideas on what to paint and need a spark to get you going, here are some prompts for a weekly challenge:

Winter scenes. This category could include the quality of winter light, or a tradition that has meaning to you. (Check out all those beautiful Christmas cards you received.)

This might be a chance to illustrate a New Year’s resolution, a cause or something you are passionate about, or something symbolic e.g. incorporate an overpass or a bridge in your painting to suggest “bridging the pandemic.”

If neither of these suggestions strikes your fancy, you might submit your favorite painting from 2020.


Blog Submission Guidelines

We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:

  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member per week, please

Artwork

"Pacific Grove" Plein air and studio by Dick

"This is where I’m bridging the pandemic."
Alamitos Creek Pedestrian bridge by Alison

The light tree by Helen

Ardenwood value study by Tanvi

“THIS is why I live in California—
to paint outdoors while wearing a T-shirt and jeans in January!”
by Laurie



Sunday, January 10, 2021

Week 41 January January 3 - 9, 2021 It's a New Year!


 Due to the higher tiered COVID-19 restrictions, Paintsites has been postponed until we can  reschedule. Please check the SCVWS Paintsites details page for updates. We are still publishing the blog and hope you will continue to submit your artwork. It has been so inspiring to see Paintsites artists continue to paint despite the worries and restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Your artwork is wonderful! Please keep it up but stay safe.

In case you are stuck for ideas on what to paint and need a spark to get you going, here are some prompts for a weekly challenge:

Winter scenes. This category could include the quality of winter light, or a tradition that has meaning to you. (Check out all those beautiful Christmas cards you received.)


This might be a chance to illustrate a New Year’s resolution, a cause or something you are passionate about, or something symbolic e.g. incorporate an overpass or a bridge in your painting to suggest “bridging the pandemic.”

If neither of these suggestions strikes your fancy, you might submit your favorite painting from 2020.


Blog Submission Guidelines


We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:

  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member per week, please

"Rusty Pile" Plein air by Shirley

Special thanks to Shirley for her consistent submittals to the blog. It's been a difficult time for us just emerging from the holidays, a pandemic, and political unrest. Still, we are artists and can always find comfort in our work. We encourage our members to shake off the blues and get back to work!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Week 40: A Memoriam for Dan Tellep, Member artworks from Dec. 20 - 26, 2020


In Memoriam

We are sad to announce that Dan Tellep, a magnificent plein air watercolorist and Paintsites member, died on Thanksgiving Day, 2020. Dan was modest about his artwork, yet when approached by eager admirers he willingly shared the secrets to his masterful technique. His love of plein air painting was connected to his great appreciation of nature and an appetite for outdoor endeavors and adventure. Many of us knew him through Paintsites, but few of us knew the other Dan, the aeronautical engineer, Lockheed-Martin CEO/Chairman and glider pilot Dan. To read more on the life and achievements of Dan Tellep please refer to the following links:



Artwork by Dan Tellep

Dan painting at the Children's Theater
in Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Children's Theater by Dan

Dan painting at the Mountain View Library

The Mountain View Library by Dan

Wildwood Park by Dan

Farrington House by Dan


Paintsites Information
Due to the higher tiered COVID-19 restrictions, Paintsites has been postponed until we can  reschedule. Please check the SCVWS Paintsites details page for updates. We are still publishing the blog and hope you will continue to submit your artwork. It has been so inspiring to see Paintsites artists continue to paint despite the worries and restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Your artwork is wonderful! Please keep it up but stay safe.

In case you are stuck for ideas on what to paint and need a spark to get you going, here are some prompts for a weekly challenge:

’T’is the Season’ (December 6 to 27)

Prompts within this category could include the quality of winter light, or a tradition that has meaning to you.

‘A New Start’ (December 27 to January 30)

This might be a chance to illustrate a New Year’s resolution, a cause or something you are passionate about, or something symbolic e.g. incorporate an overpass or a bridge in your painting to suggest “bridging the pandemic.”

If neither of these suggestions strikes your fancy, you might submit your favorite painting from 2020.


Blog Submission Guidelines

We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:

  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member per week, please


Artwork by our artists, painted plein air or at home:



Icefall by Salinda
(painted from a photo taken in Canada)

Lighthouse on the Jetty by Dick
(painted plein air in Bandon, OR)

Laurie's watercolor of Princeton-by-the-Sea. In search of a
Christmas tree we "stopped for clam chowder at
Barbara's Fish Trap. This scene captured my attention so
I painted it at home from a couple of photos." Laurie


Holiday at South Court by Caroline

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Week 39, December 13-19, 2020

  Due to the higher tiered COVID-19 restrictions, Paintsites has been postponed until we can  reschedule. Please check the SCVWS Paintsites details page for updates. We are still publishing the blog and hope you will continue to submit your artwork. It has been so inspiring to see Paintsites artists continue to paint despite the worries and restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Your artwork is wonderful! Please keep it up but stay safe.

In case you are stuck for ideas on what to paint and need a spark to get you going, here are some prompts for a weekly challenge:

’T’is the Season’ (December 6 to 27)

Prompts within this category could include the quality of winter light, or a tradition that has meaning to you.

‘A New Start’ (December 27 to January 30)

This might be a chance to illustrate a New Year’s resolution, a cause or something you are passionate about, or something symbolic e.g. incorporate an overpass or a bridge in your painting to suggest “bridging the pandemic.”

If neither of these suggestions strikes your fancy, you might submit your favorite painting from 2020.


Blog Submission Guidelines

We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:

  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member per week, please
Artwork
"Dreaming of Spring"
from a photo sent from a friend in Canada by Salinda

A Holiday House, Palo Alto by Caroline

Flowers by Indira

"House on Little Lake Street Mendocino"
my favorite painting of the past (1973)
started as plein air, finished in studio by Dick

"Where the Hell is Brisbane?" by Shirley


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Week 38 December 6 - 12, 2020

 Due to the higher tiered COVID-19 restrictions, Paintsites has been postponed until we can  reschedule. Please check the SCVWS Paintsites details page for updates. We are still publishing the blog and hope you will continue to submit your artwork. It has been so inspiring to see Paintsites artists continue to paint despite the worries and restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Your artwork is wonderful! Please keep it up but stay safe.

In case you are stuck for ideas on what to paint and need a spark to get you going, here are some prompts for a weekly challenge:

’T’is the Season’ (December 6 to 27)

Prompts within this category could include the quality of winter light, or a tradition that has meaning to you.

‘A New Start’ (December 27 to January 30)

This might be a chance to illustrate a New Year’s resolution, a cause or something you are passionate about, or something symbolic e.g. incorporate an overpass or a bridge in your painting to suggest “bridging the pandemic.”

If neither of these suggestions strikes your fancy, you might submit your favorite painting from 2020.


Blog Submission Guidelines

We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:

  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member per week, please.



    "Waterfall" by Helen

    "Young Fox" From a personal photo and adapted to a winter scene by Jane S. 

    "Allied Arts Flower Shop" by Caroline


    "Baylands Park" by Shirley


    "Diablo Range" Plein air by Dick


    "Iceland Village" Adapted from a Sierra Club calendar by Salinda


    "A Christmas Card" by Rich

    "Fireside Christmas 2020" by Leslie

    This painting was Leslie's submission to the Los Altos "Paint the Pandemic" show. Link












Sunday, December 6, 2020

Week 37 - November 29 to December 6, 2020

To summarize this Thursday's visit to Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, Alison composed a lovely ditty:

Like the 12 days of Christmas ( everyone 🎶 🎵 sing) there were a 


dozen painters painting 
Eleven ornaments hanging
Ten outside Tables waiting
Seven sunny courtyards 
Six standing easels 

Three fountains flowing 
Two arched entries
And a cafe benefiting Kids

                        
                             - Alison 


Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park is decked out for the holidays and still open for business https://alliedartsguild.org/



Please Note: Due to the regional stay at home order the rest of December Thursday paintsites have been cancelled. See you in 2021 

Paint site Guidelines

Please check the Paintsites website for details including directions and possible cancellations. To keep our members and guests as safe as possible during the COVID-19 era, we must change how we do things. Some of the paint sites have visitor limits. When this occurs we will post the information in paint site details on the SCVWS website. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. distancing rule. We no longer take photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo, crop if needed, and submit  to paintsites@scvws.org 

Blog Submission Guidelines


We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:


  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member per week, please.


Artwork and Photos from Allied Arts Guild in Meno Park



Alison's watercolor of the entrance to the Allied Arts Guild

Fountain at Allied Arts by Annie
This girl was fascinated by the coins at the bottom of the 
fountain so I decided to quickly add her into the composition.

Allied Arts Guild Barn by Cindy

Jayne's sketchbook watercolor, painted from the
main courtyard

Laurie's watercolor of the fountain in the main courtyard
This site never disappoints me in its many beautiful
"stories" to tell. I would love it if we could all paint
here every 6 months.

Paintsites artist capturing the courtyard shadows

The main courtyard with socially distant painters

And the ubiquitous tree

A view of the entrance to Allied Arts main courtyard by Jane S


Artwork by others, plein air and at home


Banff Area in Autumn by Dick

Oksana's plein air painting of her backyard

 Banff Area in Autumn by Salinda

Caroline's festive painting of the barn
and pumpkins in the rear courtyard at
Allied Arts (painted in November)



Sunday, November 22, 2020

Week 36 November 15 - 21, 2020

Paintsite coordinator Jane is back and joined 10 other painters at spacious Sunnyvale Baylands Park! While Santa Clara County moved to a more restrictive tier, all painters enjoyed breezy and socially distanced views of the Diablo Range, fall colors and cloud variations (starting with ground fog and ending with mares tail and afternoon sun). - Alison

Paint site Guidelines

Please check the Paintsites website for details including directions and possible cancellations. To keep our members and guests as safe as possible during the COVID-19 era, we must change how we do things. Some of the paint sites have visitor limits. When this occurs we will post the information in paint site details on the SCVWS website. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. distancing rule. We no longer take photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo, crop if needed, and submit  to paintsites@scvws.org 

Blog Submission Guidelines

We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:

  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member per week, please.

Artwork and Photos from Sunnyvale Baylands Park

Foggy morning at Baylands by Alison


Baylands Grove by Claudia 

Cirrus Clouds

Distant view of the Diablo Mountains

Baylands walkway

Another view of the Diablos

Painters setting up

A nice place to sketch and catch some rays

Baylands Park by Iris

“This painting was all about that beautiful sky—
blue with sweeping brushstrokes of feathery white clouds. 
It got so cold that I had to forego gathering with other artists,
and ate lunch in my car to warm up!” - Laurie



Artwork by others, plein air and at home

Entangled at Forgarty Winery by Caroline



Allied Arts Barn by Caroline

Dick at Gilroy Hot Springs Park 

Dick's painting from Gilroy


Salinda's painting at Gilroy Hot Springs Park

Salinda at Gilroy Hot Springs Park

Maple leaves in the morning light by Indira

November 26th: No paint sites Happy Mask-giving!