Thursday, September 17, 2015

Martial Cottle Park, San Jose. Thursday, September 17, 2015

Martial Cottle is the newest park in the Santa Clara County Park system.   It's the result of one man's generosity, vision and desire to preserve a small part of the Santa Clara Valley's agricultural heritage for future generations.  Right now the developed areas (picnic & BBQ areas, restrooms, children's playgrounds, and paved trails) are complete.   The farm related areas (barn, outbuildings, farmhouse and equipment), which we were itching to get into and paint, are in a transitional period and won't be accessible to the public for approximately 5 years.

For information about Martial Cottle Park, see:

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • 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 details, see the SCVWS website or the September Newsletter.

Note:  The Palo Alto Baylands and Martins Beach postings have been updated with new paintings - check them out.


Lisha saw something here which the rest of us missed and painted this little gem.

Although we couldn't get close to the barn, it still attracted our interest, even if it was fenced and across a wide field.

John painted the barn ....

... as did Laurie ...

Laurie and Candy

... and Candy.

Aside from the view of the front of the barn from Snell, glimpses of it could be had from other places....

Alan's painting of the roof and side of the barn (from the visitor center).

Yan and Dick

Dick's painting of the rear of the barn from a large picnic area mid-park.

Two of our 'kids-at-heart' found a home in the large children's playground with lots of fiberglass animals for the kids to ride.    And for us to paint.....


Marilyn's painting of  "Old MacDonald's Farm" animals.  Can you identify the sounds each animal makes?  Do you remember which went "moo moo"? which went "oink, oink"? which went "cluck, cluck"? which went "baa, baa"? and finally, which went "neigh, neigh"?


Sylvia's painting of a fiberglass steer.

Sylvia's sketch of Pigzilla.

Sylvia's water-soluble pencil sketch of one of the park's large Valley Oaks.

Brad's painting of three Valley Oaks - they probably looked the same 200 years ago.
Lunch (photo by Candy)


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