Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wilder Ranch State Park, Coast Road, Santa Cruz. May 17, 2018



The Wilder Ranch State Park is located a little over 3 miles north of Santa Cruz. Much of the 7,000 acre park was once a successful and innovative dairy farm, and today has many preserved farm buildings, gardens, a Victorian House and actively farmed land. Whether you chose to hike and sketch along the coastal trail or to remain near the entrance and take in the historic Wilder family farmstead,  the views were spectacular. The hike and sketch 2.5 mile route initially followed a ranch road and then took us along the coastal bluffs overlooking the Wilder Beach (a snowy plover wildlife preserve), Old Landing Cove, a descent down to Fern Grotto Beach and a return overland to the farm. The highlights of the hike included views of surf-swept bluffs, coastal wildflowers, wild rabbits, several bird species, views of basking seals, and to top it all, lunch near a fern-filled grotto surrounded by cascading seep monkey flowers!
For more information on the Wilder Ranch State Park please refer to the following link:
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549

May Paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the May Newsletter for details: 

  • Thursday, May 24, 2018: Cooper-Garrod Vineyards (& Stables), Saratoga
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018:  Holbrook-Palmer Park, Atherton
  • Thursday, June 7: Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos 
  • Saturday, June 9: Weekend Paintsite: Frederick’s Field, Almaden Valley 
  • Thursday,  June 14: Frederick’s Field, Almaden Valley  
  • Thursday, June 21: Gamble Garden, Palo Alto 
  • Thursday, June 28: Hike and Sketch or Sit & Paint  - Uvas Canyon CP, Morgan Hill 

Not to be missed Shows & Exhibits by Paintsites Regulars:

  • Tanvi Buch currently has a one woman show at the Red Berry Coffee Bar, 145 Main St., Los Altos.   In May she'll have 16 watercolors displayed on the ground floor.  In June, the exhibit will move to the second floor.    Do go see Tanvi's artwork and buy a cup of coffee to support a local business that supports local artists.
  •  Annie Haines was awarded an Associate Artist Award by the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the California Art Club for her "Point Reyes Lighthouse" watercolor.   The painting is currently on exhibit in the CAC "Art Between the Lines" show at the Peninsula Museum of Art.   The Museum is located at 1777 California Dr., Burlingame.   The show runs thru July 8, 2018.   Annie's painting is also featured in the May-June issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.



Edward Rooks, a knowledgeable naturalist, a fabulous photographer as well as accomplished artist, Edward has created a Flicker photo album for all to enjoy --- for more of today's Paintsite photos see:


Cindy, Helen, Liz, Edward and Jane sketching at the Wilder Beach overlook

The restored Wilder Ranch house



Wilder Beach and plover preserve

View of bluffs from the coastal trail

View of Fern Grotto Beach from the trail 

Paintsite sketchers at work at the Fern Grotto Beach

Broncha's sketch from the beach 

Brad and Liz at Fern Grotto Beach

Liz sketching seep monkey flowers

Marilyn standing in front of the fern grotto

Marilyn's sketch of Wilder Beach

Tanvi's sketch of the inlet at Fern Grotto Beach

Lora's sketch of the bluffs from the trail overlook 

Helen's sketch of wild mustard and Wilder Beach
in the background



Cindy's sketch of the wildflowers and a view overlooking Monterey Bay


Edward's painting of the fern grotto

Jane's sketch from the Old Cove Landing overlook

Salinda's painting by the Fern Grotto Beach

Dick's painting of cactus above the Wilder ranch house












Friday, May 11, 2018

Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens, Sierra Rd., San Jose. Thursday, May 10, 2018.



While most of the rest of the world waits with baited breath for the big royal wedding next week, (at which there'll probably only be a couple of actual Queens present), we spent a day with the "Queens of the Perennial Border":  Herbaceous Peonies.     And we're not talking just a couple of Queens but hundreds of them in an array of colors and styles that put all the royals and celebrities to shame.

This is our third visit to Chateau CharMarron and we never run out of wonderful things to paint --- the peonies of course, then there's lots of beautiful iris in bloom, shaggy llamas, and, for serious landscape artists, the Calaveras Reservoir in the distance.

For more information about this special site, see
Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens website
Note: If you plan to visit, follow the driving directions on the website as Sierra Rd. is subject to frequent closures which don't always register on map apps.   The long way around, via Calaveras  Rd., seems like it takes forever but fortunately it's a scenic drive.   And, if you're quick about it, this coming Saturday, May 12th, a limited quantity of cut peony stems ($4 each, cash only) will be on sale at Chateau CharMarron for Mother's Day.

Edward Rooks, who frequently painted with Sylvia & Jenny years ago has recently come back into the Paintsites fold.  A knowledgeable naturalist, a fabulous photographer as well as accomplished artist, Edward has created a Flicker photo album for all to enjoy --- for today's Paintsite photos see:
Edward Rooks Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens photo album


May Paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the May Newsletter for details:
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018:  Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint at Wilder Ranch, Santa Cruz
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018: Cooper-Garrod Vineyards (& Stables), Saratoga
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018:  Holbrook-Palmer Park, Atherton

Not to be missed Shows & Exhibits by Paintsites Regulars:
  • Tanvi Buch currently has a one woman show at the Red Berry Coffee Bar, 145 Main St., Los Altos.   In May she'll have 16 watercolors displayed on the ground floor.  In June, the exhibit will move to the second floor.    Do go see Tanvi's artwork and buy a cup of coffee to support a local business that supports local artists.
  •  Annie Haines was awarded an Associate Artist Award by the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the California Art Club for her "Point Reyes Lighthouse" watercolor.   The painting is currently on exhibit in the CAC "Art Between the Lines" show at the Peninsula Museum of Art.   The Museum is located at 1777 California Dr., Burlingame.   The show runs thru July 8, 2018.   Annie's painting is also featured in the May-June issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.
Silicon Valley Open Studios.     If you were unable to attend any of the Open Studios last weekend, there's still time to catch the studio artwork of some of your (and my) favorite plein air artists.    And if they weren't a favorite artist before, they will be after you're blown away by their artwork.     
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 12th & 13th:
    • Jeanne De Campos-Rousseau, Karen Druker, and Karen Olsen -- Los Altos Hills
    • Christine Oliver -- Sunnyvale 
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 19th & 20th:
    • John Eidger -- San Jose
    • Annie Haines (yes, the award winning Annie -- see above) -- San Jose
    • Don Paquin -- San Jose

Some Artists and Their Artwork -- Enjoy:

Annie

Annie's value sketches and resulting painting

Annie's spectacular peony blossom

Thursday Paintsites Co-Coordinator Jane S. (It looks like she has a big stick stuck in her hat but it's actually in the background.)
Jane's first painting
Here's Jane S. again --- you do two fine paintings and you get your photo in twice.
Jane's painting no. 2.

Dick

Dick's painting


Edward was here but I was too slow to catch him in the act of painting....


But was able to see his painting ...



And finally caught up with Edward taking some of his wonderful Paintsite photos .  If you didn't follow the link in the introductory paragraph, here's another chance: Edward's Peony Garden Flicker photo album


Helen

Helen's first painting.

You know the rules, you do two paintings, you get your photo in twice --- here's Helen working on her second painting ....

Helen's Landscape with Llamas and Peonies

Helen's third painting --- this one of a beautiful iris.

Judi



Judi's painting of a striking pale yellow peony with a bit of orange blush around the eye.   These blossoms can be both bold and subtle
We hope that Linda, now semi-retired, will be able to rejoin the group
on a more or less full time basis


One of Linda's unfinished paintings

Linda's second painting, also still unfinished.    Visit this posting again to see both finished paintings

Janice

Liz

Liz's unfinished double-sheet painting

Strictly speaking, Liz's painting of a glorious cymbidium doesn't belong in this posting as it wasn't made today at Chateau CharMarron but, since she was the only artist to show up for the rained-out Gamble Garden paintout, she deserves some recognition both for her fortitude and for this fine painting!

Thursday Paintsites Co-Coordinator Marilyn
Marilyn's peony blossom


Salinda

Salinda's painting


See See -- new SCVWS member and first time with Paintsites and we're happy to have her!

See See's first plein air watercolor (she normally paints in oils)


Shao Wei painted with us a few years ago and chose a great site at which to rejoin us.

Shao Wei's peonies and firs

This was WeiWei's first (of which we hope will be many) Paintsite(s).


Lunch

Still eating

Marcia - owner of Chateau CharMarron and our ever gracious and accommodating hostess



Thursday Paintsites Co-Coordinator Marilyn, wearing her trademark pink which color coordinated perfectly today, 'mongst the peonies.