Friday, November 11, 2016

Historic Santa Clara RR Depot, Santa Clara. Thursday, November 10, 2016

All Aboard the ArtTrain!    The Historic Santa Clara Depot, the oldest passenger RR depot in California (or something like that), was the venue for the first of what we plan to be many paintouts at historic sites in Santa Clara over the next 9 months.  While not a very large building, there is enough architectural detail to make it a challenging subject and, altho' the depot itself is no longer a functioning, integral part of the Santa Clara Transit Center (the depot currently houses a model railroad museum) which surrounds it, the Caltrain, Amtrak, and VTA arrivals & departures, and a steady flow of passengers gave it a bit of the flavor of its old Southern Pacific heyday.

For more information about the Santa Clara depot, see:
For the model railroad museum in the depot, see:

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016:  "Kids & Artists" - Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016:  "Kids & Artists" - Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills.   
    (This is a repeat of last year's successful two day Hidden Villa paintout.)
  • Thursday, December 1, 2016:  Thomas Fogarty Winery, Skyline Blvd, Woodside.
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016:  Downtown Los Altos followed by festive potluck lunch at member's home.
Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the November Newsletter.

Ongoing activities of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • A number of Paintsites artists are showing their studio work in the 'Vino Locale Show' which runs November 8, 2016, thru February 6, 2017.   The Artists Reception will be Monday, November 14, 2016, from  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.       The restaurant is located at 431 Kipling St., Palo Alto.   Hours are:  Lunch:  Tue. - Sun.:  11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.   Dinner:  daily:  5:00 - 9:00 PM.    Go for lunch or dinner, have some wine (get in a good mood), buy some fine art.   You won't regret it!  Vino Locale website:
  • Candy Yu is showing 17 original paintings & canvas prints at Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Rd. San Jose.   Call the church (408) 258-8133 before visiting to make sure the exhibit, which runs thru the end of December, will be accessible.
Somebody absolutely has to paint the 'rails' whenever we visit a train station.  Otherwise people viewing this blog wouldn't believe it was actually a railroad paintsite.

Lisa's painting of the main Caltrain line with a locomotive coming right at her.

Leslie's Tombow & w/c pigment sketch of the Caltrain tracks and the UP freight line.
Leslie's sketch of station landscaping.

The old depot, painted from every side, was our favorite subject...
From the south-west corner:
Broncha's painting

Annie's painting from across the street.
Brad's painting from close up.
From the south-east corner:
Artist's line-up across from the depot.   A group of school children admire Iris' artwork.  (photo by Salinda)


Dick chose to 'remove' the ramp and platform next to the old passenger car on static display to capture a more authentic sense of the place.


Helen's painting.

Iris' painting

Ji-eun's painting

Joy's painting

Leslie's Tombow & pigment sketch

Lisha's painting


Salinda's painting

After "We've been workin' on the railroad all the live long day", it's time for lunch on the platform...
Then our Critique...
Discussing the merits (of which there are many) of our work (photo by Salinda)

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