Sunday, October 23, 2016

Henry Cowell State Park - Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad October 20, 2016

Seven hikers sketched their way through the redwood grove and all the way to Cable Car Beach along the San Lorenzo River.  There we met a couple on horseback. One of the horses really wanted Jane's apple.  With the owner's permission, Jane gave her apple to the horse, and the horse loved it.  That was part of Jane's lunch, so we were lucky that our wonderful lunch hostess Jeanne unexpectedly provided a pot of delicious vegetable and sausage soup so Jane didn't have to go hungry. A few hardy pioneers crossed over to Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad to paint rusty boilers and retired rolling stock.

After painting and sketching we met up at Jeanne's beautiful home in Ben Lomond where we enjoyed our lunch around a couple of tables in her backyard.  We set out our paintings on her steps for our critique.  We were delighted to hear that she enjoyed having us there and would welcome us back.

Hike and sketch artists in the redwoods
Allen's redwoods

Dalene's split rail fence

Helen's pen and ink with color sketch

Helen's view through the trees

Ji-eun's painting

Kaaren's pen and ink with color

Kaaren's grayscale sketch

Leslie's watertower

Lisha's sketch with color

Liz's grayscale sketch

Lois's redwoods

Marilyn's pen and ink with color redwoods

Marilyn's reflections in a stream

Mary's Roaring Camp Station

Mary's "Rusting at Roaring Camp"


Salinda's caboose
Dick sketches the caboose "close up"

Dick's caboose
Broncha's covered wagon
Jeanne and Broncha

Dalene, Lois, and Mary


Lisha, Annie, Helen, and Allen

Marilyn, Jane, and Liz

The Critique

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Weekend Paintsites Ardenwood Historic Farm--Fremont, CA October 15, 2016

We had a great weekend paintsite October 15th. Alison, Iva, Srivani, and I painted all morning and then had lunch together. We all are experienced outdoor artists and painted at least 3 paintings apiece. There are so many painting opportunities at Ardenwood. Alison greeted Jamie who she said was a weekend painter and we expected her to join us, but we did not see her again. (Plein-air painters often find a perfect location and focus only on painting.) The paintsite featured lots of happy children selecting pumpkins in the pumpkin patch and helping to make apple cider. The park staff provided samples of the apple cider, and it was delicious. Marilyn (paraphrased by blogger DZ)

Alison's painting of the station

Alison's pumpkin patch
Alison's Watertower

Iva and Srivani

Iva's cow painting

Iva's hay barn

Iva's field vista

Marilyn's train station

Marilyn's pumpkin house with the hand stamp

Marilyn's field vista

Srivani's Ardenwood Farm shelter

Srivani's Ardenwood country road

Srivani's haybarn

Srivani's portrait of Marilyn

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Clos LaChance Winery San Martin, CA October 13, 2016

The spectacular Clos LaChance Winery is set in the rolling hills of of San Martin. It features expansive views of vinyards, Corde Valle Golf Course, and the hills beyond. The vines were still mostly lush green; only a few leaves had started to turn color. The sun shown weakly through thin clouds keeping us very comfortable. The grand vista from Clos LaChance's patio was so spectacular that nearly all of us painted it from different angles.

At 1:00 we packed up and headed for member Karen's home for a treat of homemade cookies and refreshing lemon and cucumber water. After socializing and brown-bag lunches Karen gave an insightful critique of our paintings. She is  a seasoned watercolor instructor, and gave us helpful tips for finishing our paintings.

Unloading grapes

Katherine's painting


Jane's unfinished painting
Leslie's pen and ink watercolor wash
Leslie's Pots and Flowers
Leslie's Grand Vista

Marilyn's painting
Ji-eun and Katherine

Ji-eun's painting
Lisha, Helen, and Sharon

Helen's Painting

Lisha's painting

Lois's painting

Mary, Joy, and Annie
Annie's painting

Mary's painting



Sherrie's unfinished painting

Curious tarantula