We've avoided local reservoirs the past few years because of the drought but, with water levels up, we decided to give Vasona Lake (90% capacity) a try. And we're glad we did. Although the lake itself is small, the Santa Cruz Mountains provide a great background and the popular boat rental concession means there's always activity on the water. A bonus was the weather --- we were on the southern edge of a front which passed through which gave us a clean blue sky with puffy white clouds lazily drifting overhead. It all added up to a great day of painting.
(Note our fascination with pedal boats: Maybe next year we'll organize a paintout where we rent pedal boats (instead of painting them) and pedal off to paint on the water -- an aquatic variation of the Hike & Sketch paintouts.)
For additional information about Vasona Lake County Park, see:
- Thursday, June 23, 2016: Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden, Watsonville (new Paintsite)
- Thursday, June 30, 2016: Duc Vien Buddhist Pagoda, San Jose
Other ongoing events of interest involving Paintsites regulars:
- Month of June, 2016: Richard Bloechl's watercolors will be on display at the Campbell Library in downtown Campbell (77 Harrison Ave., adjacent to the Ainsley House). Open Mon.-Tue. 1-9pm; Wed. 10am-9pm and Thu.-Sat. 10am-6pm. (See Rich's website link in the right sidebar for images of his paintings.)
- Now through August 6, 2016: Candy Yu has a show in the Cupertino Library, 10800 Torre Ave. in the Cupertino Civic Center Plaza. Hours are Mon. - Thu. 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Fri. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sat. 10:00 AM - 6:0 PM, and Sun. noon - 6:00 PM. Candy's artwork is displayed in the room on the right near the entrance.