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- Weekend Paintsite - Saturday, October 17, 2015: Main St., Los Altos - urbanscapes with Uma - fun and challenging.
- Thursday, October 22, 2015: Portola Vineyards, Portola Valley.
- Thursday, October 29, 2015: Triton Museum, Santa Clara - paint on the grounds and then hopefully the Community Gallery will be open so we can see the Members Annual Show.
- Thursday, November 5, 2015: Redwood Ridge Estate, Los Gatos.
- Thursday, November 12, 2015: Ainsley House, Campbell.
- Thursday, November 19, 2015: Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills.
- Saturday, November 21, 2015: Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills.
For October Paintsite details, see the SCVWS website or the October Newsletter. For the November Paintsites, all special, you'll have to wait until the November Newsletter is published.
The Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands:
The fog and clouds teased us all day: obscuring parts of the towers ("Hey, where'd the South Tower go?") and then revealing them in all their splendor ("Aargh, that color's so bright it hurts my eyes") --- who'd have thought a bridge could mess with an artist's mind so much. The Headlands were also constantly changing: from grey, to muted greens and beige, to rust, to bright red. The well-behaved ocean, trying to keep things simple for us, changed within a much narrower range of greys to blues to greens (when the sun was fully out.)
An interesting phenomenon was the morning shadow the North Tower cast on the Headlands (like a giant gnomon on a sundial) when the sun was out. It was a case of "now you see it, now you don't" and when you did see it next, it had moved.
|The Golden Gate Bridge as a giant sundial, the North Tower as the gnomon --- you can see by the shadow on the Headlands it's 11:37 AM. (Photo by Marilyn)|
|The Golden Gate Bridge and some of the SCVWS Paintsite's Golden Girls (left to right: Jane, Candy, Lisha, Helen, Janice) and an appreciative admirer.|
|Candy's first painting of the Bridge.|
|Candy's second Bridge painting.|
|Janice's painting. The fog had lifted and the low clouds drifted away for a few minutes so we had a glimpse of the Bridge in all it's orange (not really "gold") glory and the elusive North Tower shadow which Janice captured here.|
|Helen using the over-the-left-shoulder technique to paint the Bridge.|
|Helen's preliminary sketch of the Bridge.|
|Helen's finished painting of the Bridge. Note: the fog has crept back in and obscured part of the South Tower.|
|Jane. The day started out more than a bit chilly with all of us wearing all the clothes we'd brought -- and wishing we'd brought more.|
|It improved a little --- enough for Jane to drop her hood. But not enough to shed her finger-less gloves.|
|Jane's preliminary sketch of the Bridge.|
A preliminary pen and ink. I quickly found out that the new pen I bought was water soluble. Jane
|Jane's finished painting of the Bridge. (Note the North Tower shadow.)|
|More Golden Girls (Lisha, Broncha, Marilyn) and Alan;|
|... and their view of the Bridge from beach level. (Note the two figures on the beach between Alan and the Bridge - they were wonderfully depicted by Lisha later.)|
|Marilyn's painting of the Bridge|
|Alan's finished painting of the Bridge. (Note the North Tower shadow.)|
|Lisha's painting of the Bridge and the Marin Headlands.|
|Brad's painting of the Headlands and the Bridge.|
|Mary worked her way down the beach a little closer to the Bridge.|
|Mary's painting of the Bridge.|
Lands End and Sea Cliff:
The constantly changing light as the cloud cover and fog came and went - sometimes from minute to minute - made for equally constantly changing colors of the bluffs --- one of the things that makes plein air painting so interesting. And challenging. And frustrating. But mostly so much fun.
|Candy has already finished her Bridge paintings and was starting on her third - Lands End and Sea Cliff.|
|Candy's painting of Lands End and Sea Cliff.|
|Broncha's painting of Lands End and Sea Cliff.|
|Lisha's painting of Lands End and Sea Cliff.|
Lunch and Critique:
|After lunch, the "critique" in which we show-and-share our day's work.|