Sunday, January 14, 2018

Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose, Thursday, January 11, 2018



This was the first time in recent memory that the paintsite artists painted at the same location on consecutive Thursdays.  Emma Prusch Farm Park was a wonderful place to visit again because there is so much subject material: 3 large barns plus other buildings, the original Prusch family farm house, geese, peafowl, pigs, sheep, many chickens, farm equipment, view of the Diablo Range.  It also has very easy access from both Highways 101 and I-280.  The artists seemed to say it was OK to return to a good site, because most of the artists who painted there on Jan 4 returned to paint again on Jan 11.

For more information about the park see:

http://www.pruschfarmpark.org/


Upcoming Paintsites:   See the SCVWS website or the January Newsletter for details.  


  • Thursday, January 18, 2018:  Downtown Campbell
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018:  Charleston Slough, Mt. View
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018:  Roberto Adobe and Sunol House, San Jose
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018:  Santana Row, San Jose
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018: Paintsite & Hike and Sketch, Lands End, San Francisco


Kaaren's painting of one of the barns plus figures plus chickens

Lisha's painting of the Prusch family farm house plus chickens

Toni

Candy, Lisha, and Ling

Susan B-G plus goose and chicken

Salinda's portrait of a rooster

Dick's portrait of a rooster

Marilyn's portrait of a rooster

Iris painted two chickens

Elaine G painted three chickens

Elaine G painted a tractor with her rooster

Susan B-G bucked the trend by painting peacocks

Candy's two page spread of goose, duck, chickens,
artists, and children

Candy's painting of artist and goose

Candy's painting of two pigs

Leslie painted this ram who was very comfortable relaxing on the picnic
table.  After a while he left, but then he returned to the exact same spot.
She included a rooster.

Leslie's tombow drawing of windmill

Cindy's two page spread of a tree

The artists are socializing after lunch.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Emma Prusch Farm Park

Emma Prusch Farm and Park, King Road, San Jose. January 4, 2018


Link: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/131

Due to a rain forecast in the Santa Cruz area and the potential for muddy trails we had to cancel the Wilder Ranch Paintsite. However, all turned out well as the rain held off in San Jose and we were able to meet at the drier and more conveniently located Emma Prusch Farm.

Once the cherished dairy farm of Emma Prusch, this site was deeded in 1962 to the City of San Jose for its citizens to enjoy the country feeling, and to experience what it was like when Santa Clara Valley was known more for its vast expanse of agricultural lands rather than a hub for technology accompanied by urban sprawl. The 47 acre site is home to San Jose's largest barn and also features 4H livestock, roaming chickens, vegetable gardens, orchards, a Victorian style farmhouse, farm equipment and open space backed by the East Bay Hills;  definitely more than enough subjects to paint, enough to warrant a second trip to the farm on January 11th. 


Upcoming Paintsites:   See the SCVWS website or the January Newsletter for details.  
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018:  Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose 
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018:  Downtown Campbell
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018:  Charleston Slough, Mt. View

The SCVWS Annual Holiday Party:   See the SCVWS website Home page links for details.   And remember to bring a 4" X 6" painting for the Painting Exchange.   A "Pear" or "Pears" (hopefully you'll be able to come up with a more creative title than that) is the theme of this years Painting Exchange and Community Painting.   We've already seen an example of a Pear painting by Lisha and it's something anybody would be happy to win in the Exchange.   But if you don't bring a painting (or produce one at the Community Painting station) you won't have a chance to win it.   Key Annual Party dates: 
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018:  last day to RSVP for Annual Holiday Party
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018:  Annual Holiday Party, Saratoga

Marilyn painting in front of the largest barn in San Jose.

Tanvi and her friends.

Helen

Salinda

Liz

Marilyn's painting of the main barn at the Emma Prusch Farm.

Tanvi's painting of tractor and Farmhouse

Helen's painting with a view of the East Bay Hills 
and a couple of busy chickens.

Helen's prep sketch

Salinda's painting of the the Emma Prusch Victorian farmhouse.

Liz's painting of the old farmhouse.

Elaine G's painting of a goose and old farm equipment.

Elaine G's painting of park trees backdropped by the East Bay Hills.

Annie's quick rooster sketch.

Chicken gesture sketches by Annie

Annie's painting of a rose, still in bloom 
after a spell of cold dry weather.
Susan B-G's painting.

Dick's painting of rusting farm equipment.

Kaaren's painting of the view from the farm 
towards the East Bay Hills.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, Los Altos. Thursday December 28, 2017.

This is a wonderful and little known site in the depths of Silicon Valley --- one which always amazes first time visitors who never suspected that there's a stretch of mighty redwoods between I-280 and the Foothill Expressway.  Sadly, it appears that many of the redwoods are dead, or are dying (possibly from the drought?), and are being cut down; their stumps mixed in with others still standing but looking none too healthy.   Still, there are enough remaining to give both the visual and the emotional feeling of being in a redwood "forest" and the boardwalk winding thru the Grove enhances the feeling of remoteness.

It was a cold morning to start and never really warmed up as the the day progressed.   Still, as you'll see, most of us toughed it out and painted the redwoods in the shade of the redwoods.  Fortunately, we were able to hold our Paintsites Holiday Pot-Luck at picnic tables in a sunny (but not warm) location.

There is no parking at the site proper though there is ample street parking with a bit of a walk down a steep hill into the Grove.    There is adequate parking at the adjacent Shoup Park with a pleasant, level trail connecting the two parks.   Facilities are limited to two Porta-potties

 For more information about this park, check out the  Los Altos Redwood Grove Nature Preserve website

Upcoming Paintsites:   See the SCVWS website or the January Newsletter for details.   Rain is forecast for early January so be sure to check the website and watch for Wednesday nite or Thursday morning e-notifications for cancellations or last minute changes in plans before heading out the door --- the last thing you want is to be the only artist at a remote Paintsite where Mountain Lions have recently been reported!

  • Thursday, January 4, 2018:  Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz OR, if the weather looks 'iffy' for the drive to Santa Cruz and there is a strong likelihood of muddy trails, then we'll paint at the Emma Prusch Farm Park in San Jose --- check the website and watch for the e-notification for our final decision.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018:  Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose - lots to see and paint here so even if we end up at Emma Prusch on January 4th, it will be worth a return visit on the 11th.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018:  Downtown Campbell
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018:  Charleston Slough, Mt. View 

The SCVWS Annual Holiday Party:   See the SCVWS website Home page links for details.   And remember to bring a 4" X 6" painting for the Painting Exchange.   A "Pear" or "Pears" (hopefully you'll be able to come up with a more creative title than that) is the theme of this years Painting Exchange and Community Painting.   We've already seen an example of a Pear painting by Lisha and it's something anybody would be happy to win in the Exchange.   But if you don't bring a painting (or produce one at the Community Painting station) you won't have a chance to win it.   Key Annual Party dates: 
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018:  last day to RSVP for Annual Holiday Party
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018:  Annual Holiday Party, Saratoga

The Last Paintsite of 2017:   A wide spot in the paved portion of the principal trail, flanked by redwoods, near the Adobe Creek bridge was the most popular spot to set-up.   And the simple bridge a popular subject.
Helen's painting

Lisha and Helen

Lisha's sketch

Lisha's painting

Elaine G joined us for her 3rd Paintsite - hopefully she's hooked on Paintsites!

Elaine G's sketch

Elaine's painting

Susan B-G

Susan B-G's 1st painting

Susan B-G's 2nd painting

Thursday Paintsites co-coordinator Jane S.

Thursday Paintsites co-coordinator Marilyn

Marilyn's painting

Weekend Paintsites coordinator Alison's painting

Liz

Lorraine

Lorraine's 1st painting

Lorraine's 2nd painting

Broncha's painting looking back towards the park HQ.

First-time Paintsite participant Ling, a guest of Lisha, did this fine painting.   The pile of logs in the right-center are those trees which have been cut down.
Brad

Brad's painting of a few redwoods and some still brilliant deciduous trees on the park boundary.
We came, we shivered, we painted, we socialized, we ate (lots of excellent desserts I'm happy to say), we shared our artwork and went home happy knowing we'd put in an good day's work, the culmination of another fine year of Paintsites.    Bring on 2018!