Saturday, December 31, 2016

Los Altos History Museum & Art Exhibit, Los Altos. Thursday, December 29, 2016.

After two December Paintsites were rained-out, Marilyn and Jane decided we needed a 'Pop Up' Paintsite to make up for the lost days.   We've visited the Los Altos History Museum and the J. Gilbert Smith House in the past and this year there was a special attraction drawing us back:  the  'Splash Painting' exhibit of unique ink and watercolor paintings (done over decades) by 100 year old Los Altos resident Hua Beiren.

We had a very busy day of it:    We painted until noon; Then we ate a leisurely lunch on benches in the sun; Then we viewed the Hua Beiren show; Then we got a tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House (the subject of most of our paintings) from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable History Museum docent; Then we trooped over to downtown Los Altos for coffee and a pastry at Le Boulanger; Then we visited Viewpoints Gallery and saw some SCVWS members fine artwork; Then (finally) it was time to head home --- what a great day with a talented, fun group!   (Note, there was no time for a Critique hence few photos of our artwork.   Images are slowly filtering in so check back for more later.)

Upcoming Paintsites: 
  • Monday, January 2, 2017: Registration for Annual Member Show opens.    See website for details.
  • Thursday, January 5, 2017:  Wildwood Park, Saratoga 
  • Sunday, January 8, 2017:  Deadline to register for SCVWS Annual Holiday Party.  See website for details and instructions about registering on the Members Only webpage.
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017:  Historic Santa Clara Site to be Determined.
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017:  SCVWS Annual Holiday Party - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.  See link on the SCVWS website home page for details
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017:  Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017:  Santa Cruz Arboretum, UCSC.
Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the January Newsletter.

Ongoing activities of interest involving Paintsites regulars:

  • The 'Vino Locale Show' continues its run thru February 6, 2017.   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.    Do yourself a favor:  Go eat, drink, and buy a fine watercolor.   (Unfortunately, it's too late for a Christmas gift so get one for yourself.)    The  Vino Locale website is:

  •  John Ediger will be gallery-sitting at the Az Gallery (1213 Lincoln Ave., San Jose) on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.    Drop in and say 'hello'.
  • Cathy Belleville is exhibiting 18 of her Palo Alto Baylands paintings at the Sequoias of Portola Valley (340 Willowbrook Dr. just off 501 Portola Rd.) from January 3rd - 30th.    An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, January 8th from 2:30 - 4:30 PM.    Please RSVP to Cathy at  if you'd like to attend.
Cathy B.

Cathy B.'s painting of the sunny side of the J. Gilbert Smith House.

SCVWS Thursday Paintsites co-coordinators (from left) Brad, Marilyn, and Jane S. (photo by Salinda)

Brad's painting of the J. Gilbert Smith House
Debbie (left) and Marcelle

Iris (left) and Lisha looking relaxed.  (Photo by Salinda)
Iris looking serious!

Lisha focused on her painting.

Jane P.

Thursday Paintsites co-coordinator Jane S.

Jayne S. back with us after her serious ankle injury.

Jayne's journal entry painting of the J. Gilbert Smith House arbor.

Katherine (left) and Annie

Lorraine packing up after finishing her painting,

Lorraine's painting of an outbuilding.

Thursday Paintsites co-coordinator Marilyn.
Marilyn's painting of one of the handsome lampposts in the History Museum courtyard.

Mike G.

Well deserved coffee break at Le Boulanger:  from left - Brad, Mike G. and Annie.  (photo by Salinda)