Thursday, September 8, 2016

Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, Fremont. Thursday, September 1, 2016

The warm clothes we took to Martins Beach last week but weren't needed?    It would have been nice to have them at the Edwards Wildlife Refuge as the morning started out cool, breezy, and overcast.   (Sylvia and Jenny could always control the weather so this would never have happened on their watch at a late Summer Paintsite.   But we do our best.)  Fortunately, by late morning the overcast had lifted from the South Bay while fog still spilled over the Coast Range into the North Bay.   This was a good thing as many of us were happy to depict the fog in our paintings without actually being in it.  

For additional information about the Edwards Wildlife Refuge, see:

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, September 8, 2016:   Sawyer Camp Trail, San Mateo 
  • Thursday, September 15, 2016:   Murphy Ave. & Caltrain Station, Sunnyvale
  • Saturday, September 17, 2016:  Luna Park Chalk Art Festival,  San Jose
  • Thursday, September 22 - Friday, September 23, 2016:   Annual Santa Cruz Paintout.
    (Registration required for post-paintout receptions - see pg. 7 of the September
    Newsletter for details and instructions.)  
Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the September Newsletter.

Ongoing activities of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • 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 thru September 11, 2016.
  • 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.)    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 her 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.
  • SCVWS  members Annie Haines, Mary Raftery, and Uma Kelkar were accepted into Fioli's "The Valley of Heart’s Delight: A Multiple–media Exhibit"  which runs thru October 23rd.   The exhibit is in the Visitor & Education Center.   Admission is normally required (but you may be able to talk them into letting you see just the show if you promise not to sneak into the house or grounds).     There is a 'Meet the Artist' event on Saturday & Sunday, September 3rd & 4th.   There is an admission fee.  See website for hours).   Uma will have some of her work displayed and will do some live sketching during this event.     There is also a 'Closing Reception' on Thursday, October 20th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.    The 'Closing Reception' is free but reservations are required by October 14th and can be obtained at:  or 650-364-8300, x 508.     Note: October 20th is Filoli's final Artist Access Day for 2016.    For details, see:  
  • Jane Ferguson and Nancy Calhoun are currently presenting 'Line & Shape' (mixed water media & encaustic) at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St. in Los Altos ( .  Hours are Mon. - Sat. 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sun. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.   The 'Meet the Artists' reception is Saturday, September 10th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.    The show runs thru October 1st.   

We've held Hike & Sketch paintouts during which we hiked all three of the main trails as a group with frequent stops for a sketch.   This time, we spread out and covered the trails on our own and settled down to Sit & Paint wherever we felt like.

The lower trail:   Right next to the salt evaporation ponds were ...

...  Mike looked down the marsh towards the bridge which connects the the trails at the south end of the park.

Any closer to the water and Mike would have been in the Bay.

Lisha also got down at water level for her painting.

The middle trail:   Near the base of the hills, just above the salt ponds and tidal marsh ....


Helen's painting of one of the historic old buildings, the bridge over a slough leading to the bay, salt ponds, the Coast Range and the fog.


John's sketch of a much the same vista ...
... and his finished painting of the same;

... and Salinda's;
... and Lisa's.
Joy's painting looked back up the trail towards the Learning Center and the Park HQ.   She employed her Chinese Brush technique expertise to good use in depicting the buildings and bridges.

From a bit lower down than Helen, John, Lisa, and Salinda, near the Learning Center, Leslie  painted the zig-zagging bridge leading to the old buildings.

Nora painted very near Leslie but with a different perspective on the bridge.

Brad set up a bit further down the middle trail to paint the same buildings and bridge with a bit of the Coyote Hills.
The upper trail:  Runs along the ridge line where it meets up with the other two trails at the north and south ends of the trail.  

Dick's first painting of one of the ramshackle building on the levee.

Dick's second painting: an almost abstract rendering of the salt pond levees.

Salinda's painting from an Overlook which provided the best view of the Dumbarton Bridge.

SCVWS member Barbara and her artist friend Michelle attend their first Paintsite.

Lunch & Critique:  We found a sunny, less breezy spot for the critique led by Lisa ...
Lisa leads the critique in the Amphitheater near the Learning Center.

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