For more information about the ever popular Palo Alto Baylands paintsite, see:
- Thursday, September 3, 2015: Linda Vista Park, Cupertino
- Thursday, September 10, 2015: Private residence on San Mateo County Beach - see website Members Only: Paintsites Details for more information. Currently "Wait List only".
- Thursday, September 17, 2015: Martial Cottle Park, San Jose. This is a new park and a new Paintsite. Looks promising.
- Saturday, September 19, 2015: Saratoga Farmers Market at West Valley College
- Thursday, September 24, 2015: Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, Santa Cruz. Followed by post-paintout pot-luck at member's home. Reservations required for pot-luck - see September Newsletter and the Members Only section on the website.
- Friday, September 24, 2015: Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz. Followed by post-paintout pot-luck at Natural Bridges State Beach . Reservations required for pot-luck - see the SCVWS September Newsletter and website.
Note: unfortunately, many of the photos of paintings were taken in dappled sunlight / shade --- the actual paintings weren't at all splotchy!
|Broncha and Cathy - anything missing here? How about some shade? "Don't worry", they say, "just paint-on!"|
|Broncha's painting of the salt marsh, the South Bay, the Dumbarton Bridge and the PG&E power lines and associated cat-walk.|
|Cathy's painting of the same scene. It's such a simple sea + landscape but there's so much there. Cathy has painted here before so knew exactly what she wanted to do. And she did it.|
|Melanie focus was a bit south of Broncha's and Cathy's - same Bay, same salt-marsh, same PG&E lines, same cat-walk; but no bridge.|
|Dan's painting of the Duck Pond and the far-shore nesting area.|
|Dan and Candy wrap up the morning with some duck & geese portraits.|
|Candy's painting of the Duck Pond (or maybe it should be Goose Pond?).|
|A Canada goose on the pond by Candy.|
|Three Canada geese, getting closer and closer, by Candy.|
|Elaine's painting of the Duck Pond looking towards the Palo Alto Airport. (Note: that sturdy chain - it's absolutely no deterrent to a determined Canada goose.)|
In search of the perfect Pickleweed for a "botanical" sketch, Leslie hiked waaay out onto a levee. Pity the poor blog photographer who had to track her down for this photo...
|Leslie's painting across a salt marsh towards the "Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center".|
|Leslie's painting of an egret. (Note: egrets are "nice" birds: they're beautiful, they keep their distance, and can hold a pose for minutes at a time.)|
|Dick's painting of the Baylands Nature Interpretive Center. Leslie's painting was looking south (into the sun), Dick's east. It's a building with lots of angles and planes - very challenging to draw / paint. Dick captured it perfectly.|
|Rich was visited by a fox on the prowl for a duck dinner - not sure who was more startled to see the other, Rich or the fox.|
|Rich's painting of the Duck Pond.|
|Lisha positioned herself back a ways from the Duck Pond to focus on the palms and eucalypti behind the pond.|
|Lisha's painting of the back of the nesting area and the slough which wraps around behind the Duck Pond.|
|Susan and Caroline - a little sketching and a little chatting.|
|Caroline's painting of the Eco-Center.|
Not all the artists had their photos taken this time. But we did get to see their paintings during the critique....
|Janice's painting of the marsh in front of the Eco Center (where the old Palo Alto Yacht Club used to be) towards the landfill.|
|Brad's painting of the Baylands Ranger Station.|
|Nora's painting of an enormous and most extraordinary eucalyptus in the Picnic Area. Even a few square feet of its massive bifurcated trunk could be the subject matter for an interesting and wild painting.|
|Karen got warmed up with this trio of palm trees ...|
|... then hit her full stride with this painting of the Duck Pond. (Unfortunately, the photo was taken in the sun and the colors are muted - you should see it in all its glory!)|
Tom arrived early and did some serious scouting for his painting ...
|Tom's value sketch #1|
|Tom's value sketch #2|
|Tom's value sketch #3|
|Tom's finished painting of the slough, salt marsh and Coast Range.|
|Lunch in the Picnic Area next to the Ranger Station. (photo by Rich)|
|... still eating.|
|Lunch over, it's back to work: critiquing our day's effort.|