Thursday, August 4, 2016

Uvas Canyon County Park, Morgan Hill. Thursday, August 4, 2016

If they only knew, I'm sure Jenny and Sylvia would be dismayed by how disorganized and undisciplined today's Uvas Canyon Waterfall Loop & Contour Trail Hike & Sketch was.   But what can they expect with both Jane and Marilyn absent and, gasp, a man in charge?   The only solution I can think of is for them to make periodic trips back to the area and lead more Hike & Sketch Paintsites themselves --- some people obviously need more training on how a proper Hike & Sketch should be conducted.   Still, we had a great day of it:  hot in the Valley; pleasantly cool in the shady canyon with the soothing sound of the creek and waterfalls.  We were spread out over a wide stretch of the trail and painted the Upper Falls, Black Rock Falls, Basin Falls and stretches of Swanson Creek in between.   Most of us managed to find each other for lunch and our critique before heading home.

For more information about Uvas Canyon County Park, see:

 Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, August 11, 2016:   Moffett Field Historical Society Museum, Mt. View
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016:   Harris-Lass House, Santa Clara
  • Thursday, August 25, 2016:  San Mateo County beach
Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the August Newsletter.

Ongoing events of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • John Ediger will be gallery-sitting at the AZ Gallery (1213 Lincoln Ave., Suite #106, San Jose) on Friday, August 5th, from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.   In addition to John, several other SCVWS members have paintings in the gallery.   Come by and say "Hello".
  • Mary Raftery and Laurie Barna are in the Haggin Art Museum's 59th Annual Juried National Exhibition.   Located in Stockton, the Haggin is famous for its outstanding fine art collection.   The show runs July 7  - September 11, 2016.  
  • The SCVWS Summer Palette exhibit continues its run (thru August 26th) at the Hobee's restaurant at  680 River Oaks Parkway in San Jose.     Hours of operation are:  Mon. - Fri. 7:00 AM - 2:30 PM; Sat. 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM; Sun. 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.   (This Hobee's serves breakfast & lunch only.)
  • Karen Druker has been accepted into the The 8th Annual 50/50 Exhibition at the Sachez Art Center in Pacifica.  (1220-B Linda Mar Blvd.)    There will be a Preview Fundraiser on August 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.   Tickets can be purchased thru the link on the Sanchez website: .    A  free Public Opening Reception follows from 8:00 - 9:30 PM.       Gallery hours are Fri. - Sun. 1:oo - 5:0o PM.  The show runs until Sunday, September 18th.
  • Candy Yu is currently showing 18 watercolor pet portraits at the VCA Crocker Animal Hospital, 475 N. Jackson Ave., San Jose.  Most of the artwork is in the reception area and hallways and can viewed by the public.    The Hospital is open Mon. - Fri. 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Sat. & Sun. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.    The exhibit runs thru the end of October.
Sometimes one finds a spot so perfect one never want to leave.   John found just such a spot.
John's painting of Swanson Creek.   His goal was to abstract the forms.   Mission accomplished.


Waterfall Loop trail by Candy.

Swanson Creek falls by Candy.


Broncha's painting of a section of an old stone barrier in the creek bed and one of the numerous wood bridges on the Waterfall Loop.
Carol's painting of a pool at the base of one of Swanson Creek's lesser falls.
Helen's painting of Lisha.

Lisha painting at the foot of the Upper Falls.

Lisha's painting of rocks at the foot of the Upper Falls.


Liz used water soluble graphite and a little pigment to depict a stand of trees.

Mary P. (foreground) and Marion initially painted the Upper Falls before staking a claim to the sole picnic table on the Waterfall Loop for our group lunch.

Mary's painting of the Upper Falls.

Marion's painting of the Upper Falls just before the creek tumbles over a rock ledge.

Marion's second painting - this of a fallen tree over the lower reach of the Upper Falls.


Brad's sketch from below the Upper Falls.

When is a tree more than just a tree?  When it's part of an interesting pattern of shapes and angles or curves as interpreted by ....

Mary and ...

... Marion.   (Marion used watercolor crayons to complete this sketch.)

Downstream from the falls was Joy ...

... and Sharon.

 You've all heard the saying "From tiny acorns do mighty oaks come" (or something like that).  Here, "From mighty acorns (they were quite large) do lovely sketches come"...

Acorn by Candy.

Acorn by Marion.


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