Friday, January 13, 2017

Triton Museum, Santa Clara. Thursday, January 12, 2017

After shivering thru last week's paintout at Wildwood Park (relieved only by Kay Duffy inviting us into the Aegis Gallery for hot coffee), we optimistically asked ourselves: "Can it get any colder than this at a Winter paintout in the SF Bay Area?"   So, with our first "Historic Santa Clara" Paintsite rained-out last month, we were determined to hold this, our second, no matter what.    What we found out rather quickly was that: "Yes it can get colder!"   The morning looked promising:  sunny with scattered, bright white, towering cumulus clouds.  But then dark clouds rolled in; the sun disappeared; a breeze picked up; and the wind-chill dropped below 40 F (again).   We decided to knock off early and either retreated into our cars or the Museum.   So no lunch, no "critique" and only a few photos of our paintings.   Hopefully they'll trickle in and be added to this post later.

We had a special visitor, Maria Dudnick, a reporter with the Santa Clara Weekly, who came by to interview us.  A real trooper, she stuck with it and spoke with all of us -- her enthusiasm definitely warmed us and brightened our day.  Look for her upcoming article in the Santa Clara Weekly ( ).   (The edition is yet to be determined so check weekly.)

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017:  SCVWS Annual Holiday Party - 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  See link on the SCVWS website home page for details
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017:  Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose. 
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017:  Stanford University Quad, Palo Alto.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017:  Santa Cruz Arboretum, UCSC.
  • Thursday, February 2, 2017: Winchester Mystery House, San Jose.  
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017:  Historic Santa Clara site TBD.
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017:  Maryknoll Retirement Residence, Los Altos.
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017:  Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, Morgan Hill
(Note:  Registration for the Annual Member Show is now 'open'.  It closes February 15, 2017.) 

Details can be found on the SCVWS website and in the January & February Newsletters.

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.      Think of starving artists while you enjoy your meal - be guilty, be part of the solution:  buy a fine watercolor.   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.    You'll recognize some of the artwork as they were created at recent Paintsites.

Behind the Triton is a sculpture garden which always grabs our attention:

Joy (left) and Sharon

Joy's painting of the back of the Triton Museum.
Iris and the Little Cowboy sculpture.

Iris' unfinished painting of the Little Cowboy

 The historic Jamison-Brown House:
Leslie (photo bonus - that cool, hot-red car in the background is Salinda's new wheels.)

Leslie's painting of the Jamison-Brown House.


Lisha's value sketch of the Jamison-Brown House.
Lisha's almost finished painting of the Jamison-Brown House.
Dick's painting of a dog-walker and one cold puppy in front of the Jamison-Brown House.

Salinda's painting of the Jamison-Brown House.

Brad's unfinished painting of the Jamison-Brown House.

 The historic Headen-Inman House:
Annie.  When the rest of us complained about the clouds obscuring the sun and making it colder than ever, did Annie complain?   Yes she did -- but it wasn't about the plummeting temperatures, it was that her dramatic shadows had vanished.   That's hard-core plein air painting up to Sylvia's & Jenny's standards!
Annie's painting of the Headen-Inman House.
Anu working on her painting of the Headen-Inman House.

From left: Dick, Brad and Santa Clara Weekly reporter Maria Judnick (photo by Salinda)