Thursday, August 29, 2013

McClellan Ranch Park, Cupertino, Thursday, August 29, 2013

You mix a perfect day for plein air painting; an interesting paintsite with a burbling creek, fields, redwoods, giant sycamores, oaks, old ranch buildings, farm animals, bee hives, a huge sundial, flower & vegetable gardens, lots of lizards, ...; and a wonderful group of talented plein air painters --- and this is what your get....

For additional information about the McClellan Ranch Park, see:

September will be a big, big paintout month - join us for one or more of these upcoming events: 
  • Thursday, September 5, 2013 - Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Thursday,  September 19, 2013 - Gamble Gardens, Palo Alto
  • Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Santa Clara Railroad Depot & Museum, Santa Clara
  • Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Moran Lake, Santa Cruz
  • Friday & Saturday, September 27 - 28, 2013 - Annual Santa Cruz Paintout, Santa Cruz
Check the SCVWS website or September Newsletter for additional details

Some serious critiquing going on here ...
And, after the critique we're all still smiling  --- a good thing!

 (Photo by Yan Zunkel)

Here are some snapshots taken during the critique session - check back for the finished paintings....

Here are some of the finished paintings:
Dick Zunkel
The quality of work produced today was remarkable.   Bright sun and cool breezes made for a perfect painting day.     Dick
Marilyn Perry
There is so much variety to paint here, but I knew ahead of time that I wanted to paint Stevens Creek, the little creek that gives its name to that big street with so many car dealerships.  While I was painting, I was serenaded by the calls of the chickadees.    Marilyn
Grace Tang

It was very educational to visit an 18 Acre Natural Preserve Park where a densely wooded creek is running through.    The Stevens Creek, originating from the Sta Cruz mountains, flows through the Stevens Creek Reservoir; runs north through
Cupertino, Los Altos, Sunnyvale and Mountain View before emptying into the San Francisco Bay! I did not know about the creek until Marilyn talked about the nature walk class she joined not long ago.  Grace
Liz Siegel
 Beautiful day to try and capture the trees along Stevens Creek.    Liz
Brad Santos
A great place to paint:  in the shade, close enough to the creek to hear it, and lots to see.   My intention was to focus on the Tank House but I soon got carried away with all of the trees, shrubs, and meadow grasses.    Brad

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