Saturday, September 23, 2017

Emerald Lake Country Club, Redwood City, Thursday, September 21, 2017

Emerald Lake is a private oasis in the wooded Emerald Hills area above Redwood City.  Although usually only available to Country Club members, SCVWS member Chris invited us to paint there.  The lake was quiet while we were there, but there were so many beach toys, diving boards, colorful beach chairs, etc, that it was easy to imagine all the wonderful sounds one would hear on a summer day when many children were frolicking on the beach and in the water while their parents watched nearby.

We expected the last full day of summer to be a typical warm summer day.  Unexpectedly the Jet Stream made a sharp dive to the South bringing brisk winds and cold temperatures.  We had to bundle up and sometimes get a firm grip on our palette and artwork for a particularly strong breeze.

This paintsite was supposed to be Jenny and John's last paintsite as they prepare to move back to England.  Jenny and Sylvia led the paintsite group for 8 years from 2006 until May 2014, so Jenny has been a very big part of the SCVWS paintsite group.  Unfortunately moving to England is such an enormous task that they were unable to attend the paintsite, but that didn't stop the other artists from having a little party to wish them well.

Jenny wrote to the group, "I am sorry to have missed the last paint site we could have gone to.  I have enjoyed knowing everyone, and co-leading the group was one of the most satisfying and enjoyable things I have done in my life.  I treasure the book that so many contributed to -- a wonderful memory of painting outdoors in California with some super people."

Link to Emerald Lake Country Club

A huge thanks to our hostess Chris for arranging for us
to paint at this charming lake

Chris's first painting

Chris's second painting 

Helen and Leslie are painting from the peninsula.

Helen's first painting shows brightly colored beach chairs

Helen's second painting shows a little building across the lake

Leslie's value sketch 

Leslie's painting shows many of the ways to play at the lake.

Marilyn's painting of the diving platform


Martha's painting of a house across the lake

Lorraine, Salinda, and Dick have comfortable tables for painting.

Lorraine's painting of a house across the lake

Salinda's painting of the diving platform and a house across the lake

Dick's painting of colorful beach chairs

Caroline is properly bundled up for the cold wind.


Mary's painting of the artists on the peninsula


Broncha captured the entire panorama

Chris and Marilyn are admiring Broncha's painting
and they are liking what they see.

The artists are toasting John and Jenny on this new adventure in their lives,
not with champagne, but with a cookie.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saratoga History Park and Museum, Weekend Paintsites Saturday, September 16, 2017

Our weekend paintsites often follow the Thursday paintout. Alison and Jayne painted at the Saratoga History Park and Museum on September 16.

Link to Saratoga History Park

Alison's painting of the schoolhouse

Jaynes journal sketch of Ribes (Pink Flowered Currant)

Jayne's painting of the church bell tower across the street from the Museum

Alison's sketch of Jayne sketching the Ribes

Jayne sketching

The schoolhouse

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saratoga History Park Museum, Thursday, September 14, 2017

Saratoga History Museum is housed in a Western Falsefront store, one of the oldest commercial buildings in Santa Clara and originally built on Big Basin Way.  The McWilliams House is one of the oldest homes in Saratoga -- perhaps dating to the 1850's.  Both buildings were moved to their current locations in 1976 as part of the American Bicentennial celebration, creating the Saratoga History Museum.  There is a tiny schoolhouse behind the McWilliams house. Next door is the historic Village Library (now operated by the Saratoga Friends of the Library) where at least one artist got terrific bargains on some art books. The weather was perfect for outdoor painting, sunny and just the right temperature.

Link to Saratoga History Park

Saratoga Historical Park Museum

Salinda, Dick, John, and Helen painting in the shade of umbrellas

Salinda's painting of McWilliams House

Dick's painting of McWilliams House

John's painting of McWilliams House

Helen's painting of McWilliams House


Grace's painting of McWilliams House


Annie's painting of McWilliams House


Broncha's painting of McWilliams House


Benay's painting of pump and roses

Benay's closeup of rosebuds


Toni's painting of tree behind museum

Marilyn made up her own color scheme in her painting of schoolhouse


Lorraine's painting of schoolhouse and back of McWilliams House

Lisa and Anu

Lisa's painting of Village Library and Schoolhouse

Anu's painting of Village Library and Schoolhouse


Susan's painting of Village Library

Behind the library is a very pleasant place to set out and admire our artwork

The artists gather to eat lunch and socialize