For information about the Open Space Preserve with links to the Picchetti Winery, see:
- Saturday, July 18, 2015: Esther Clark Park, Palo Alto - Special start and end times - 8:00 - 9:30 AM to accommodate artists who plan to attend "1 Model, 3 Fabulous Artists, 3 Points of View" paintout at the nearby Los Altos Hills Town Hall.
- Thursday, July 23, 2015: Japanese Friendship Garden, Kelley Park, San Jose.
- Thursday, July 30, 2015: Moss Landing - our big mid-Summer road trip. Plan to make a long day of it. Bring lunch or eat at one of the many little restaurants in town with friends before an afternoon of painting.
On the Trail. The Hikers at the first 20 minute stop:
|Hikers (left to right): Leader Sylvia, Lisha, Helen, Broncha, Pat, and Liz in the distance. (Not pictured: Marilyn, Leslie, & Brad.)|
|Lisha's painting of the bridge.|
|Liz's sketch of the bridge.|
|Marilyn's painting of the bridge.|
|Pat's painting of the bridge.|
|Sylvia's painting of the bridge. |
While the rest of the Hikers took the Orchard Loop Trail back toward the Winery, Leslie pressed on for another couple of miles to the where the trail ends in the Stevens Creek County Park. It was there that she painted:
|Leslie's painting of Stevens Creek (upstream from Stevens Creek Reservoir).|
I finished this painting in the studio - added shading to give depth and "plant" the rocks, worked on background, got rid of distracting white spots, etc. It shows the dry stream bed much better! Leslie
The first leg was comfortably level. The second was mostly downhill with lots of slippin' & slidin' at the end of which we were looking for a shady place to sit, catch our breath and paint. We found one with a view of the reservoir.
|Broncha's painting of the trail, the reservoir and the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve hills beyond.|
|Helen's painting of same.|
|Hikers (left to right): Liz, Sylvia, Broncha, Pat, Brad and Lisha. (photo by Helen)|
We considered stopping here for another sketch but decided instead to head back to the Winery and eat lunch with the rest of the group.
Meanwhile, back at the Winery, those who chose to "sit and paint" produced some wonderful paintings:
|Candy's finished painting of the oldest ranch building at the Winery. (She's going to put a rooster in every painting we do at a farm from now on - they're always a welcome bit of color.)|
|Mary R.'s sketch of the old barn.|
|Mary R.'s painting of the old barn using her new Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers.|
|Melanie's painting of the old barn. Inspired by the Frank Eber workshop, she now paints on Arches 'rough' paper.|
|John's painting of the old barn from the side opposite which Mary and Melanie painted.|
|You probably can't read the small print under "RESERVED" - it says "For Exceptionally Fine Watercolorists Only".|
|Seems like everywhere we paint these days there are handsome roosters.|
|Rooster by Helen.|
|Roosters by Lisha.|
The Critique: showing and sharing ...
|... some of what we'd done both on the trail and at the Winery.|
|John had been waiting for the shadows to change on the oldest building on the ranch and when they did, pounced on the opportunity to paint it.|
|After lunch Leslie went for a 2-for-1 painting: a rooster and the old barn.|
|While Brad did a sketch of the just the old barn.|