Thursday, September 3, 2015

Linda Vista Park, Cupertino. Thursday, September 3, 2015

It was a warm day but the gentle breeze which came through the park definitely let us know that a great Summer of plein air painting for the Paintsites group was about over.   But it also promised the start of what we hope will be a great Fall of plein air painting and fellowship.   The park itself features some colorful children's playgrounds, a wide grassy meadow with some large (but drought stressed trees), and a smaller area with what looked to be old stone rimmed ponds and creek beds (currently dry), stone retaining walls and a small stone bridge.    They are all appealing so were all painted by at least one of us.

For more information about Linda Vista Park in Cupertino, see the City Parks web page:
(Scroll down to see Linda Vista.)

 Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, September 10, 2015:  Private residence on San Mateo County coast - 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.
  • 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. 

For additional information and details, see the SCVWS website or the September Newsletter.

Here we are and here's what we painted today:

Rich painting a dry creek bed and bridge.

Rich's painting of the dry creek and bridge.


Iris' painting of one of the small ponds.

Sylvia (left) and first-time Paintsiter Jeannie.

Jeannie's painting of Dick, Yan and Kaaren.

Sylvia's painting of a family in one of the playgrounds.

Katherine - her first time with the group.

Katherine's first Paintsite plein air painting.

Kim's painting of the up-slope side of the meadow and hillside.


Lisha's painting using a new technique.


Kaaren's painting #1: a family enjoying a walk in the park.

Kaaren's sketch of the old stone bridge.

Marilyn, back from her Ohio vacation and big family reunion.

Marilyn's painting of the dry creek bed.

Liz perched on one of the stone walls ...

... painted the old stone bridge.


Nora's unfinished painting of the dry pond.

Nora's painting across the meadow toward the golf course.

Melanie in a safe place after the yellowjackets drove her from her first spot.

Melanie's sketch of Brad.

Melanie, with no yellowjackets to harass her, was able to finish her first painting in her home studio.

Dick and Yan

Dick's painting of park visitors in the main meadow.

From the location I chose, finding a focal point was difficult, so I created one by quickly sketching a passing woman and her dog. Recently I have made an effort to paint people and animals to create interest.    Dick
Alan (left) and John.  (visit again later to see their day's work.)

We didn't get photos of all the artists at work (or just standing around, as the case may be) but we did capture their paintings during the critique.
Deborah painted through the trees down toward the meadow from a high point in the park.

Janice's painting of the meadow.

Leslie used artistic license to fill the pond in her painting of the pond and stone bridge.

Mary's painting of some of the redwoods bordering the meadow.

Tom's painting across the meadow.

As soon as we arrived we started checking out various lunch spots.   A couple of shaded tables adjacent to a colorful children's play area looked like the perfect spot.   But there always seemed to be lots of kids and groups of parents there; one right after the other.   We timed it just right --- after one group left and before the next swarm cycled in, we piled the tables with stuff and posted Big Bad John to secure the spot.

Lunch:  (from left) Yan, Dick, Lisha and Iris.

The rest of us.   After lunch we held our usual critique.

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