Friday, May 16, 2014

Cupertino Memorial Park, Thursday, May 15, 2014

The last time we were at this site, in December 2011, it was very cold, there was snow on the mountains and we were certain there would soon be snow on us.    And there was no water in the ponds because of issues with the resident Canada Geese.     This time it was very hot (90+) and there was still no water in the ponds --- this time because of the drought.   Seems to always be something at this site and that something is always a great group of artists painting up a storm and enjoying the camaraderie.

For more information about Memorial Park, check-out:

Upcoming Paintouts:
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014:   Chitactac-Adams Heritage Park, Morgan Hill/Gilroy
  • Thursday, May 29, 2014:  Alum Rock Park, San Jose, Paint site and Hike & Sketch 
  •  Saturday, May 31st, 10:00 - 12:00 noon:  Baylands Exhibit pick-up

For details, see the Watercolor Society website or May Newsletter

Interestingly enough, the same trees which sheltered us in December 2011 provided essential shade this time:

Staying cool, looking good

Sylvia's painting - with water in the pond!   (She sees things the rest of us don't.)

Leslie's painting

I had hoped to paint the lake with its ducks but it was dry!   However the animals seemed to know what to do for recycling.        Leslie

Guo's second ever plein air painting!

Liz's painting
Cute little structure...    Liz 

Marilyn's painting

Lisha's painting

Iris's painting

Jane and her painting of Marilyn

Who needs photographs of participating artists when we (well, some of us at least) can paint such terrific portraits of each other?

Jane's other painting

New member Cathy ...

and ... Alwyn - Cathy's mascot

Cathy's first ever plein air painting (with a little help from Alwyn)

Yan & Brad
Young people playing softball in the hot sun.   Old person in the cool shade painting young people playing in the hot sun.    Everybody's happy.    Brad

Dick Zunkel
We were mostly huddled under trees to escape the recent heat wave. Due to the drought, there was no water in the pond.  But, we are artists. We can paint clouds on cloudless days, we can paint the forest where there is only desert, and we can paint a pond where there is only concrete... and so we did.  Dick

Caroline Garbarino
Painting this quaint gazebo gave me a much-needed mind vacation.
Thanks again,   Caroline

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