Two weeks ago our hearty band braved gale force winds in Santa Cruz. This time we were tested with a grey, gloomy, and bitterly (at least for us native Californians) cold day at Memorial Park in Cupertino. But we hung in there and painted! Several of us painted the small pavilion on what would normally be an island in the middle of the ponds -- if the ponds hadn't been drained. We chose it not only because it was interesting but because we could quickly find shelter in it if it started raining. Brad Santos
Our plein air painting was made extra challenging today by gusty winds that had us clutching on to our hats and painting supplies. However, the sun was shining, the sky was a brilliant blue, and the little square at Santa Cruz Mission provided an abundance of painting material for us to enjoy.
Our group gathered for a festive lunch in the courtyard of the Mission. Everyone brought some food to share and there were all sorts of homemade goodies to enjoy. Our members have great skills in addition to painting! Thanks to everyone for sharing and making the day a fun trip out.
Leslie Grimm, Holy Cross Church
Laurie Barna, Santa Cruz Mission & Mission Plaza
Brad: Beautiful day, albeit a bit windy, in a hidden little corner of Santa Cruz. I'd seen the Holy Cross Church many times and always admired it from the highway but never made the effort to see it up close. I think it looks better from afar. I painted the Mission reconstruction after lunch --- I think the sugar rush from all of the wonderful desserts the group brought helped me finish the painting in record time. Maybe sometime we can have a dessert 'paint-out' where we lay out the desserts in some scenic location, paint the spread as a still life, then dig in.
Several members of our group are exhibiting their Moffett Field plein air paintings, including Laurie Barna, Brad Santos and Sylvia Waddell.
Hangar # 1 is gradually being dismantled and this famous icon will be gone next year. It has changed considerably since we all did our paintings back in September. Go along and check it out.
Moffett Field Plein Air Exhibition December 7th through January 7th2012
On display will be contemporary paintings, sketches, and photographs created by Bay Area artists of iconic Hangar One and the historic area surrounding it. Continues through January 7, 2012, during the Museum’s regular hours--Wednesday though Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Opening Reception on Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
The museum will be open one extra hour, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., for an opening reception featuring many of the artists. There is no admission fee for the reception.