Friday, June 28, 2013

Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park, Thursday June 27th, 2013

Our leader, getting ready to head for cooler climes for the next few months, (I suspect already missing us), arranged for one last Paint-out before she packs her palette and brushes and boards her plane.   She chose the site well as it was a hot, hot day in the City but pleasantly breezy by the Bay.    Eucalyptus copses, rolling hills (maybe a former landfill but who cares), and unnaturally bright salt ponds gave us plenty to paint.   Brad

So pleased to see so many people at this paint site considering we only gave five day's notice.  Brad suggested this site last year when neither Sylvia nor Jenny were around, so it was time to find out what we had missed.  A lovely little park, with lots of  trails over the golden hills, and bay views all round.  Jenny

For more information about Bedwell Bayfront park, with easy access just off  Hwy 101, see:

Upcoming Paintouts 
Thursday, July 11th - Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos
Thursday, July 18th - Anna Cook's "Mexican Garden" in Saratoga
Saturday, July 20th - Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose

And don't forget the California Harvest reception on Saturday, July 6th, and the Ice Cream Social on August 3rd (RSVP by July 20th).    Check the Newsletter for details.
photo by Anna

photo by Bonnie
 Lunch group - crowding into the largest area of shade we could find.   Jenny

Bonnie Sandler

Sara Kahn

Dick Zunkel
Despite blocked auto access to the salt marsh and Poetry Monument, our creative artists narrowed their vision and rendered trees, hills, and salt from their available vantage.    Dick

Broncha Berger
I enjoyed this outing, as always.  I had to finish at home from a photograph though.  The sun was too strong on my paper, and I couldn’t see what I was doing.     Broncha
Jenny Tero
The salt flats were as white as snow under a baking hot sun, and we needed to climb up the hill a way to get a more panoramic view.    Jenny
Jenny Tero
View over to the west side of the park in the later afternoon.  Trying a different style!   Jenny
Anna Jacke

Bedwell had an interesting mix of colors, textures and surprises.  I expected to be painting along the Bay but ended up in the middle of a field with golden grass and a random patch of blooming artichokes.  Even though I was in direct sun, I enjoyed watching and painting the butterflies landing on the blooms. I had completed my first painting before lunch, but thought afterwards to add a butterfly.     Anna

Marilyn Perry
I thought it might be too hot, but the pleasant shade and breeze made me completely comfortable.     Marilyn

Sylvia Waddell
This is a great place to paint - lots to see. The salt pans were intriguing.

Chris Burnham

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