Friday, December 2, 2016

Thomas Fogarty Winery, Skyline Blvd., Woodside. Thursday, December 1, 2016

No doubt about it - winter's here.   At the last paintout some of us were caught off-guard by the chilly morning at Hidden Villa.    Today we were prepared!   So while temperatures in the Valley were in the 50's, they were in the 40's on Skyline Blvd.   But in the sun, bundled up as we were, it was quite pleasant  --- altho' this time of year the shadows are long and move swiftly so that a sunny spot could change into a cold, shady one in the blink of an eye.  And consider this, the clearest days typically follow the coldest nights!    And we certainly did have a clear day with views over the entire Peninsula from San Francisco to San Jose and the mountains beyond. 

Thanks to Chris Edwards who made our initial contact with Thomas Fogarty Winery and special thanks to Events Director Trisha, our hostess, for facilitating our visit.

The official website for the Thomas Fogarty Winery is:
http://www.fogartywinery.com/

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016:  Downtown Los Altos followed by festive potluck at member's home.  Check the SCVWS website Members Only / Paintsites Details page for additional information, including how to register, about this Paintsite.    The registration deadline is Tuesday, December 6th.
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016:  Historic Santa Clara site TBD. 
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016:  Stanford University Quad, Palo Alto.
Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the December 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, buy some fine artwork.   The  Vino Locale website is: http://www.vinolocale.com/about-us/
  • Candy Yu's show at the Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Rd., San Jose runs thru the end of December.   This is a busy time of year for churches so call (408) 258-8133, before visiting to make sure the exhibit will be accessible.


Jane S. made quite a statement when she pulled up in this '35 Ford pickup. (photo by Liz)

The view from the top:
From where most of painted, looking down-slope from North (S.F.) to Southeast (the South Bay), we had a choice of emphasizing the vineyards with their mostly dormant vines at our feet (30 ft. away) or the distant vistas (30 miles away) or somehow giving both equal billing.   Different approaches produced equally impressive results.


Betty, Joe and Kaaren painting on the deck of the Special Events building .... (photo by Liz)
 
Kaaren

Kaaren's painting looking East towards the Bay and East Bay Hills with a vineyard in the foreground.

Joe
In this painting Joe hints at a vineyard, the Bay, one of the trans-Bay bridges and the East Bay Hills.

Joe's second painting looking Northeast with Mt. Diablo in the distance.

 A sunny spot from which to paint:
From the left: Liz, Jane P., Ji-eun, and Lisha

Betty

Betty's painting looking towards the Southeast over a vineyard.

Salinda

In Salinda's painting the vineyard in the foreground is emphasized.

Jenny

Jenny's Vines & Vista #1

Jenny's Vines & Vista #2

Lisha

Lisha's painting went from loose to looser as it recedes.

Ji-eun set up near Lisha ...

... and her painting has the same feeling of the receding distance.

Jane S.

... as does Jane S.'s
 
The old Tanks:
There were two large wooden tanks (perhaps for water?) adjacent to the lovely informal garden near the Events Center.   The view East from the tanks across the Bay was special but some of us chose to paint the tanks themselves --- equally special.

Debbie's

Jenny's
Brad's

Just the vines and nothing but the vines (well, almost nothing but the vines) ...

 
Jane P.

Jane P.'s painting of some old vines still with their brilliant fall foliage

Liz

Liz found a gnarly old vine to paint
Dick's focus is on the vines, but we get a feeling for the vista as well.

Lunch in a protected, sunny spot in the Events parking lot followed by a critique and, another successful day's painting wrapped up, heaters on high, the drive home,.
 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills. Thursday, November 17, 2016

The seasons they are a changin'.    We had an absolutely beautiful day for our "Artists at Hidden Villa"  (AKA "kids and artists")  paintout.    Sunny and clear, crisp shadows, a cloudless blue sky and no breeze:  perfect!   However, this was one of those otherwise perfect days which can be deceptively challenging for a plein air watercolor artist:  it was so pleasant sitting in the sun (I was thinking 'nap time' before long) --- except the sun was so bright that the glare off the paper was intense.   Sunglasses didn't help much as then one couldn't see colors on the palette very well.   And, the paper dried very quickly  --- complain, complain.   On the other hand, those who set up in the shade quickly became chilled and their paper wouldn't dry.    Still, we grumble but we persevere and had a great day painting.

Then, after lunch and our 'critique', Community Programs Director Maggie Shields gave us a tour of the Duveneck House.   The house is interesting in and of itself and its strong historical connection with artists, which Maggie detailed, made us feel doubly at home.   (The shady nook and comfortable chairs brought back thoughts of 'nap time' again.)

The official Hidden Villa website is:
http://www.hiddenvilla.org/
Check  it out.   There are year-round activities for children and families which high-lite both the past and (hopefully) the future of our area.

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, December 1, 2016:  Thomas Fogarty Winery, Skyline Blvd, Woodside.
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016:  Downtown Los Altos followed by festive potluck at member's home.  Check the SCVWS website Members Only / Paintsites Details page for additional information, including how to register, about this Paintsite.    The registration deadline is Tuesday, December 6th.
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016:  Historic Santa Clara site TBD. 
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016:  Stanford University Quad, Palo Alto.
Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the December Newsletter.

Ongoing activities of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • A number of Paintsites artists are showing their studio work in the 'Vino Locale Show' which runs November 8, 2016, 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.    Go for lunch or dinner, have a glass of wine, buy a wonderful watercolor, have two glasses of wine, buy two fine paintings, ... you get the idea.      Vino Locale website: http://www.vinolocale.com/about-us/
  • Candy Yu is showing 17 original paintings & canvas prints at Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Rd. San Jose.   Call the church (408) 258-8133 before visiting to make sure the exhibit, which runs thru the end of December, will be accessible.
Favorite subjects year after year (probably since 1860 when they were built) for generations of artists are the White House & the White Barn.  As part of that long line, it was our turn to do them justice..... 
The front of the White Barn:
Anu

Anu's painting of the front of the White Barn
Joe

Joe also painted the front of the White Barn (from the White House garden.)

Tammy painting the White Barn.
 The back of the White Barn, altho' not white, was equally popular....
Helen's painting of the back of the White Barn

Marcelle (left) and Debbie, back for their second Paintsite in spite of the chilly day.

Debbie's back of the White Barn painting.

And Lorraine's ...

And Marilyn's.  The penned-up goats, altho' not the focal point of her painting, were so much fun that they attracted most of her attention.

 The White House... 
Painting the White House were, left to right, Liz, Kathy W. and Caroline

Liz's painting of the White House.
Kathy W. (photo by Liz)
Kathy W.'s painting of the White House.


Ji-eun's painting of the White House.

Caroline's detailed sketch of the White House ...
and her finished painting of the White House with the "Ghost of a Pioneer" on the front porch.


Helen did this quick sketch of the White House but, when she was ready to start on her larger painting, the interesting shadows had disappeared so she switched to the White Barn (see above).

Outbuildings, including the Blacksmith Forge, caught some artist's attention ...

Mary R.

Mary R.'s unfinished painting of an outbuilding.

Iris braved the shady side of the White Barn to paint these .....

wheelbarrows.
As did Anu in her second painting.
Ji-eun's second painting looking down a trail towards the distant hills.


The Duveneck House wasn't as popular a subject this time because most of the set-up spots were in the shade....
Annie.

Brad hogged the only sunny spot from which to paint the Duveneck House --- pity he didn't finish this painting.


This is a lovely time of the year for the many varieties of trees, both deciduous (many changing colors) and the evergreens which blanket the steep hillsides of the little valley which encompasses Hidden Villa.   And there's always the poignancy of the last days of a Summer garden.


Toni's persimmon tree.  

And her buckeye tree.

Jane S. painting persimmons.

Jane S.'s persimmon tree painting.   (It was a really big tree so, altho' it looks like you could reach up and pick a persimmon, they were so high you couldn't.  Could you Jane?)
Laurie never got farther than the vegetable garden near the parking lot --- there was too much there to pass up!


Laurie's "last days of the Summer garden"

Actually, this is why we were there ...

Boys: "Hey mister, whatcha painting?"

Mike: "Painting this ..."
Boys: "Cool!"