Saturday, November 8, 2014

Los Altos History Museum, Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Los Altos Civic Center is a very popular venue for almost everything that people do to stimulate their minds and bodies --- we had to compete with Jazzercisers, Library Friends, and don't know what all else for parking spaces.  But once we were able to find spaces, we had a fine early Autumn day (maybe a bit cool in the shade for some, maybe a bit warm in the sun for others but generally, almost perfect) to study and paint the 1905 J.Gilbert Smith House, some of the outbuildings, an old cart and the History Museum itself.

For information about the Los Altos History Museum, check out:

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014:  Clos LaChance Winery, San Martin
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014:  Historic S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
  • Thursday,  December 18, 2014:  Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz - Holiday Pot-Luck
For complete details see the Watercolor Society website or the November Newsletter.

Why are these people smiling and what's that hidden behind them on the steps?

Aha, you probably guessed it --- they're Paintsites artists and they're smiling because they had this to show for a great day's painting....

Our improvised gallery
An old garden cart with iron wheels and a big potted plant was a popular subject for ...

Broncha & Candy
Broncha's painting of cart and adjacent barn
Candy's painting of same
and ...
Cathy's painting of the cart
 and  ...

Leslie's painting of the cart.

The J Gilbert Smith house, a shingled Craftsman, was an interesting subject from every side.
 From the front and side... 
Iris & Lisha
Lisha's take on the front
Iris' view down the side looking toward the barn
and ...
Marilyn's finished work of the front

The back of the house was also interesting and just sitting in the brick patio was a fine experience
Melanie, Nancy & Dick on the back patio

Bonnie's painting of the house and gate leading into the patio

Melanie's painting of same
Dick's painting of brick patio
Today I kept the inking to a minimum and played with wet on wet.  There's virtually no control doing this.   Painting wet on wet on a 140 lb. block guarantees unpredictable results as gravity takes over and rivers of color form in the arroyos.    I have more 300 lb. paper on order.   Dick

Jane's painting of the side of the house.

Helen focused on the gate leading from the back patio to the front of the house
Brad's painting of gate and side of house

  The Tank House and Outhouse were also popular subjects...
Anu's painting of the Tank House

Broncha's painting of the Tank House

Jenny's painting of the Tank House & the Outhouse

Leslie's painting of an outbuilding

Susan's sketch of the Tank House

The History Museum itself, although a newer building, is also a handsome one.  Especially when painted by ...... 
Jane's painting of the Los Altos History Museum

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