So it was only appropriate that their last go-round was a demanding, nearly 4 hour, up-and-down, sun-and-shade expedition. Moved by the outpouring of appreciation and love (and pastries?) at the outset, it should be noted that we were allowed 25 minutes per sketch (it used to be only 20) and 40 minutes for lunch (it used to be 30) -- but that none of us complained about this constituting a lowering of standards.
A word from Sylvia & Jenny:
As many of you know, this Hike & Sketch was the finale for organizers, Sylvia and Jenny. We want to express our thanks to the great group of people that have become “regulars” over the last years/months. It has been a pleasure to arrange sites and other sessions for an appreciative, talented, enthusiastic, and sociable group of plein air artists. We have both thoroughly enjoyed the job, and we will still participate as regular painters and give our support to the new organizers - Brad, Jane and Marilyn. Many thanks in particular to Brad who has helped us so much over the last few years and who kindly brought delicious pastries and Starbucks coffee to celebrate our last session. S & J
For more information about this historical and very scenic park, see:
(If you have an opportunity to visit the Youth Science Institute, note the exceptionally fine wildlife painting cards by Society Member Candy Yu.)
- June 5, 2014: Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills
- June 19, 2014: Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos
- June 21: Rancho Canada Oro Open Space Preserve, Morgan Hill
|Sylvia & Jenny leading us onward and, in this case, upward on the South Rim Trail.|
A few speeches, some Danish and a cuppa before we head out ...
|New co-coordinator Jane thanks Jenny & Sylvia for their years of service|
John heads in one direction and settles in to paint the historical old cabin:
While the rest of us head in the opposite direction ...
|We hit the trail|
First stop on the Penitentia Creek Trail... wonderful old stone walls, bridges & grottoes...
|Jane, Lisha, Sylvia, Brad - and some great shadows|
Lunch and the Critique ...
|We vote to stop for lunch (the vote was unanimous)|
We pressed on, climbing to the South Rim on the Sycamore Switchbacks. Then, once on the South Rim Trail, high above Penitencia Creek Canyon to the north and the Santa Clara Valley to the south, the "Five-Minute Sketch" challenge produced some surprisingly "finished" paintings: