Collectively it was a great day: the last paintsite of the Winter of 2015-16 felt like a Spring, if not Summer, paintout. And since it was Spring Break, altho' there were occasional large student tours, it was very relaxed and enabled us to make friends with unhurried tourists and Campus Security Officer Victor who provided much interesting info about the campus --- all were appreciative of our work.
- Thursday, March 24, 2016: Santa Clara Mission, Santa Clara.
- Thursday, March 31, 2016: Wunderlich Park, Woodside.
For more information (lots more) about Stanford University see the official University website which has Visitor and Parking information: https://www.stanford.edu/
For just a taste of the many websites devoted to photo images of the beautiful campus, particularly the Main Quad, see:
The Main Quad West Gateway/Portal. This was the number one favorite subject as the textures and shapes of the building, the dramatic palm trees (which more than hold their own against the blocky buildings) and their cast shadows in the foreground all contributed to some very interesting compositions.
|Anna, a long-time SCVWS member and experienced & accomplished plein air artist, joined us for her first Paintsites outing.|
|Anna typically works in a journal format and this painting of the West Portal is her latest entry.|
|Lisha's friend Annie is another experienced & accomplished plein air artist joining the group for the first time. Annie normally paints in oil but stepped out of her comfort zone to give watercolor a shot ....|
|... very successfully I think. Annie's painting of the West Portal.|
|Marilyn, Thursday Paintsites co-coordinator.|
|Marilyn's painting of the West Portal.|
|Cathy's sketch book with her value studies and finished painting. Scroll down to see them in greater detail ...|
|Two of Cathy's value sketches.|
|Another value sketch.|
|And it all came together in this fine painting of the West Portal.|
|Kaaren set up in the arcade separating Memorial Court from the Main Quad which gave her a more oblique look at the West Portal.|
|Kaaren's painting of the West Portal. (That's one of us on the planter wall in the foreground.)|
|Joy's painting and her neat, well organized supply box -- everything an artist requires in one tidy package.|
|Joy's friend Sharon joined us for another paintout.|
The Memorial Court Arcades: Another popular subject --- both as a subject and as a shady place in which to set-up:
|Jane, the other Thursday Paintsite co-coordinator, in a Memorial Court arcade.|
|Jane's painting looking down the arcade.|
|Lisha in a Memorial Court arcade.|
|Lisha painted an administration building thru an arcade.|
|Brad's painting of Memorial Court's West Arcade.|
Other subjects: There are many other equally interesting subjects...
|Liz working on her painting. Unfinished when we held our critique - visit again as it will be posted when it's done to Liz's satisfaction.|
|Away from the Quad, Kathy W. found a secluded little garden in which to paint. Working on very rough, hand-made paper was a real challenge but it seems ideal to capture the rough, uneven texture of the sandstone buildings.|