Friday, January 13, 2017

Triton Museum, Santa Clara. Thursday, January 12, 2017

After shivering thru last week's paintout at Wildwood Park (relieved only by Kay Duffy inviting us into the Aegis Gallery for hot coffee), we optimistically asked ourselves: "Can it get any colder than this at a Winter paintout in the SF Bay Area?"   So, with our first "Historic Santa Clara" Paintsite rained-out last month, we were determined to hold this, our second, no matter what.    What we found out rather quickly was that: "Yes it can get colder!"   The morning looked promising:  sunny with scattered, bright white, towering cumulus clouds.  But then dark clouds rolled in; the sun disappeared; a breeze picked up; and the wind-chill dropped below 40 F (again).   We decided to knock off early and either retreated into our cars or the Museum.   So no lunch, no "critique" and only a few photos of our paintings.   Hopefully they'll trickle in and be added to this post later.

We had a special visitor, Maria Dudnick, a reporter with the Santa Clara Weekly, who came by to interview us.  A real trooper, she stuck with it and spoke with all of us -- her enthusiasm definitely warmed us and brightened our day.  Look for her upcoming article in the Santa Clara Weekly ( http://www.santaclaraweekly.com/ ).   (The edition is yet to be determined so check weekly.)

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017:  SCVWS Annual Holiday Party - 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  See link on the SCVWS website home page for details
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017:  Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose. 
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017:  Stanford University Quad, Palo Alto.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017:  Santa Cruz Arboretum, UCSC.
  • Thursday, February 2, 2017: Winchester Mystery House, San Jose.  
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017:  Historic Santa Clara site TBD.
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017:  Maryknoll Retirement Residence, Los Altos.
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017:  Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, Morgan Hill
(Note:  Registration for the Annual Member Show is now 'open'.  It closes February 15, 2017.) 

Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the January & February Newsletters.

Ongoing activities of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • The 'Vino Locale Show' continues its run thru February 6, 2017.   The restaurant is located at 431 Kipling St., Palo Alto.   Hours are:  Lunch:  Tue. - Sun.:  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.   Dinner:  daily:  5:00 - 9:00 PM.      Think of starving artists while you enjoy your meal - be guilty, be part of the solution:  buy a fine watercolor.   The  Vino Locale website is: http://www.vinolocale.com/about-us/

  •  John Ediger will be gallery-sitting at the Az Gallery (1213 Lincoln Ave., San Jose) on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.    Drop in and say 'hello'.

  • Cathy Belleville is exhibiting 18 of her Palo Alto Baylands paintings at the Sequoias of Portola Valley (340 Willowbrook Dr. just off 501 Portola Rd.) from January 3rd - 30th.    You'll recognize some of the artwork as they were created at recent Paintsites.

Behind the Triton is a sculpture garden which always grabs our attention:

 
Joy (left) and Sharon

Joy's painting of the back of the Triton Museum.
 
Iris and the Little Cowboy sculpture.

Iris' unfinished painting of the Little Cowboy

 The historic Jamison-Brown House:
 
Leslie (photo bonus - that cool, hot-red car in the background is Salinda's new wheels.)

 
Leslie's painting of the Jamison-Brown House.

 
Lisha 

Lisha's value sketch of the Jamison-Brown House.
Lisha's almost finished painting of the Jamison-Brown House.
Dick's painting of a dog-walker and one cold puppy in front of the Jamison-Brown House.

Salinda's painting of the Jamison-Brown House.

Brad's unfinished painting of the Jamison-Brown House.

 The historic Headen-Inman House:
Annie.  When the rest of us complained about the clouds obscuring the sun and making it colder than ever, did Annie complain?   Yes she did -- but it wasn't about the plummeting temperatures, it was that her dramatic shadows had vanished.   That's hard-core plein air painting up to Sylvia's & Jenny's standards!
Annie's painting of the Headen-Inman House.
Anu working on her painting of the Headen-Inman House.

From left: Dick, Brad and Santa Clara Weekly reporter Maria Judnick (photo by Salinda)

 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wildwood Park, Saratoga. Thursday, January 5, 2017.

The forecast was for rain Wednesday nite into early Thursday morning.   Would it be accurate or would we be rained out again?   The forecast was accurate (it was actually sunnier than forecast) but perhaps overlooked was the predicted wind-chill.  Overlooked that is until we got out of our cars.    Brrrrr!    Also, we hoped for enough water in Saratoga Creek to make the rocky creek bed interesting. Again, as soon as we got of our vehicles, the thunderous roar of the creek answered that question. 

So yes, with temperatures in the mid-40s and a slight breeze dropping the wind-chill into the high-30s, it was cold.    But nothing to stop us!    Especially since Kay Duffy arranged for her gallery - the Aegis Gallery (http://www.aegisgallery.com/Aegis_Gallery/visitAegis.php   14531 Big Basin Way, Saratoga), to have hot coffee and baked goods available for us for a late-morning break.  Our hands warmed and morale boosted in the Gallery, we were able to get back to work with renewed enthusiasm.  Thanks Kay!  

The official website for Wildwood Park is:
http://www.saratoga.ca.us/cityhall/rec/facility_and_park_rentals/parks/wildwood.asp


Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Sunday, January 8, 2017:  Deadline to register for SCVWS Annual Holiday Party.  See website for details and instructions about registering on the Members Only webpage.
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017:  Historic Santa Clara Site to be Determined.
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017:  SCVWS Annual Holiday Party - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.  See link on the SCVWS website home page for details
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017:  Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017:  Santa Cruz Arboretum, UCSC.
(Note:  Registration for the Annual Member Show is now 'open'.  It closes February 15, 2017.)   

Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the January Newsletter.

Ongoing activities of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • The 'Vino Locale Show' continues its run thru February 6, 2017.   The restaurant is located at 431 Kipling St., Palo Alto.   Hours are:  Lunch:  Tue. - Sun.:  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.   Dinner:  daily:  5:00 - 9:00 PM.    Do yourself a favor:  Go eat, drink, and buy a fine watercolor.   (Unfortunately, it's too late for a Christmas gift so get one for yourself.)    The  Vino Locale website is: http://www.vinolocale.com/about-us/

  •  John Ediger will be gallery-sitting at the Az Gallery (1213 Lincoln Ave., San Jose) on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.    Drop in and say 'hello'.

  • Cathy Belleville is exhibiting 18 of her Palo Alto Baylands paintings at the Sequoias of Portola Valley (340 Willowbrook Dr. just off 501 Portola Rd.) from January 3rd - 30th.    An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, January 8th from 2:30 - 4:30 PM.    Please RSVP to Cathy at cwbelleville@earthlink.net  if you'd like to attend.

Artists on the Bank, Boulders in the Creek - each where they belong:
 
Looking downstream from the bridge, artists painting the creek.   (photo by Salinda)

  Looking upstream:  the waterfall and rapids were the most popular subjects.   The wood structure over the creek is the bridge from the parking lot into the park.  (photo by Liz)


Jane S. found the best way to beat the cold was to work fast (that and fingerless gloves)  ...

Jane S.'s thundering Saratoga Creek waterfall (#1) ...

... her frothing rapids (#2) ...

... and, closer this time, the waterfall again.  (#3).
Dan (photo by Liz)

Marilyn, left, and Leslie.

John's ink & wash sketch of Marilyn.
Marilyn's swiftly flowing waterfall.

Leslie, painter of rocks par excellence, and the waterfall.

Carol and Lisha W. dressed for the day.

Lisha  (photo by Liz)

Lisha's waterfall.
Lisha's second painting - a branch in the stream.

Carol stayed late to finish her painting.

Liz, foreground, and Lisa B.

The Rapids - by Liz.

Lisa B. did two paintings of the waterfall.   This the 'deliberate' one. ...
...
... this her 'sketch' --- she liked this one best.

John's unfinished painting of the Creek and far bank.

Kay (photo by Liz)

Kay's painting:  a composite of all of us - even those not painting the Creek itself.


Big Trees:   For a small park, there are a number of really large trees - especially native Sycamores whose bark this time of year is brilliant white.

Annie (cold days don't faze this Michigan girl) .

Annie's eucalyptus grove.
Ji-eun (photo by Liz)

Ji-eun's trees, vines and a glimpse of a calmer stretch of the Creek.

Joy.

Peeking over Joy's shoulder.  (photo by Liz)

Joy's trees and the bridge over the Creek's troubled waters.

Brad, foreground, and Joy on the sand volleyball court - unfit for play but OK for painting. (photo by Salinda)

Brad's big Sycamore.

Critique:

We wisely chose the sunniest spot in the park for Lunch and subsequent Critique.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Los Altos History Museum & Art Exhibit, Los Altos. Thursday, December 29, 2016.

After two December Paintsites were rained-out, Marilyn and Jane decided we needed a 'Pop Up' Paintsite to make up for the lost days.   We've visited the Los Altos History Museum and the J. Gilbert Smith House in the past and this year there was a special attraction drawing us back:  the  'Splash Painting' exhibit of unique ink and watercolor paintings (done over decades) by 100 year old Los Altos resident Hua Beiren.

We had a very busy day of it:    We painted until noon; Then we ate a leisurely lunch on benches in the sun; Then we viewed the Hua Beiren show; Then we got a tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House (the subject of most of our paintings) from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable History Museum docent; Then we trooped over to downtown Los Altos for coffee and a pastry at Le Boulanger; Then we visited Viewpoints Gallery and saw some SCVWS members fine artwork; Then (finally) it was time to head home --- what a great day with a talented, fun group!   (Note, there was no time for a Critique hence few photos of our artwork.   Images are slowly filtering in so check back for more later.)


Upcoming Paintsites: 
  • Monday, January 2, 2017: Registration for Annual Member Show opens.    See website for details.
  • Thursday, January 5, 2017:  Wildwood Park, Saratoga 
  • Sunday, January 8, 2017:  Deadline to register for SCVWS Annual Holiday Party.  See website for details and instructions about registering on the Members Only webpage.
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017:  Historic Santa Clara Site to be Determined.
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017:  SCVWS Annual Holiday Party - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.  See link on the SCVWS website home page for details
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017:  Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017:  Santa Cruz Arboretum, UCSC.
Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the January Newsletter.

Ongoing activities of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • The 'Vino Locale Show' continues its run thru February 6, 2017.   The restaurant is located at 431 Kipling St., Palo Alto.   Hours are:  Lunch:  Tue. - Sun.:  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.   Dinner:  daily:  5:00 - 9:00 PM.    Do yourself a favor:  Go eat, drink, and buy a fine watercolor.   (Unfortunately, it's too late for a Christmas gift so get one for yourself.)    The  Vino Locale website is: http://www.vinolocale.com/about-us/

  •  John Ediger will be gallery-sitting at the Az Gallery (1213 Lincoln Ave., San Jose) on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.    Drop in and say 'hello'.
  • Cathy Belleville is exhibiting 18 of her Palo Alto Baylands paintings at the Sequoias of Portola Valley (340 Willowbrook Dr. just off 501 Portola Rd.) from January 3rd - 30th.    An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, January 8th from 2:30 - 4:30 PM.    Please RSVP to Cathy at cwbelleville@earthlink.net  if you'd like to attend.
Cathy B.

Cathy B.'s painting of the sunny side of the J. Gilbert Smith House.

SCVWS Thursday Paintsites co-coordinators (from left) Brad, Marilyn, and Jane S. (photo by Salinda)


Brad's painting of the J. Gilbert Smith House
Debbie (left) and Marcelle

Iris (left) and Lisha looking relaxed.  (Photo by Salinda)
Iris looking serious!

Lisha focused on her painting.

Jane P.

Thursday Paintsites co-coordinator Jane S.

Jayne S. back with us after her serious ankle injury.

Jayne's journal entry painting of the J. Gilbert Smith House arbor.

Katherine (left) and Annie

Lorraine packing up after finishing her painting,

Lorraine's painting of an outbuilding.

Thursday Paintsites co-coordinator Marilyn.
Marilyn's painting of one of the handsome lampposts in the History Museum courtyard.


Mike G.
Salinda

 
Well deserved coffee break at Le Boulanger:  from left - Brad, Mike G. and Annie.  (photo by Salinda)