Due to a rain forecast in the Santa Cruz area and the potential for muddy trails we had to cancel the Wilder Ranch Paintsite. However, all turned out well as the rain held off in San Jose and we were able to meet at the drier and more conveniently located Emma Prusch Farm.
Once the cherished dairy farm of Emma Prusch, this site was deeded in 1962 to the City of San Jose for its citizens to enjoy the country feeling, and to experience what it was like when Santa Clara Valley was known more for its vast expanse of agricultural lands rather than a hub for technology accompanied by urban sprawl. The 47 acre site is home to San Jose's largest barn and also features 4H livestock, roaming chickens, vegetable gardens, orchards, a Victorian style farmhouse, farm equipment and open space backed by the East Bay Hills; definitely more than enough subjects to paint, enough to warrant a second trip to the farm on January 11th.
Upcoming Paintsites: See the SCVWS website or the January Newsletter for details.
The SCVWS Annual Holiday Party: See the SCVWS website Home page links for details. And remember to bring a 4" X 6" painting for the Painting Exchange. A "Pear" or "Pears" (hopefully you'll be able to come up with a more creative title than that) is the theme of this years Painting Exchange and Community Painting. We've already seen an example of a Pear painting by Lisha and it's something anybody would be happy to win in the Exchange. But if you don't bring a painting (or produce one at the Community Painting station) you won't have a chance to win it. Key Annual Party dates:
|Marilyn painting in front of the largest barn in San Jose.|
|Tanvi and her friends.|
|Marilyn's painting of the main barn at the Emma Prusch Farm.|
|Tanvi's painting of tractor and Farmhouse|
|Helen's painting with a view of the East Bay Hills |
and a couple of busy chickens.
|Helen's prep sketch|
|Salinda's painting of the the Emma Prusch Victorian farmhouse.|
|Liz's painting of the old farmhouse.|
|Elaine G's painting of a goose and old farm equipment.|
|Elaine G's painting of park trees backdropped by the East Bay Hills.|
|Annie's quick rooster sketch.|
|Chicken gesture sketches by Annie|
|Annie's painting of a rose, still in bloom |
after a spell of cold dry weather.
|Susan B-G's painting.|
|Susan B-G's second painting|
|Dick's painting of rusting farm equipment.|
|Kaaren's painting of the view from the farm |
towards the East Bay Hills.