Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Paintsites, Hidden Villa and Uvas Open Space Preserve Saturday, April 22, 2017

Our artists were busy during the spectacular weather weekend paintouts April 22. The "usual weekend suspects" met at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills while others took a wildflower "hike and sketch" at the Santa Clara Valley Uvas Open Space Preserve. The photos below are from the Hidden Villa paintsite.

"We were invited to paint at Hidden Villa Farms, Los Altos. The farm looked much more vibrant compared to last year. Brooks bumbled along, vegetable patch looked bountiful and loads of enthusiastic parents with very young kids trundled along the walkways. I wasn't at the March for Science but it didn't leave my mind. Thank you to all those who marched and let know that scientists work among us for the good of all and many a times for a low wage for a very long time."  Uma

Dave and Caroline

Uma's palette, a seascape unto itself

Uma's painting

Uvas Creek Preserve is a very pretty preserve southwest of Morgan Hill with wildflowers, rolling hills, oak trees, ponds, horses,  and a view of Uvas Creek Reservoir.  At this time it is only available to the public on docent-led hikes.  We were extremely lucky to be invited by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to join a docent-led hike in which we turned out to be the only hikers.  We had two excellent docents to show us around and to identify the many wildflowers.

Helen and one of our two docents making friends

Helen, Jenny, and Marilyn showing their quick watercolor sketches

Jenny's quick watercolor sketch of pond

Marilyn's quick watercolor sketch of the pond and owl's clover.

Helen's sketch of wildflowers we saw on hike

Helen's sketch of two docents and Marilyn

Some of the wildflowers at Uvas Creek Preserve


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