Thursday, August 23, 2018

San Jose History Park, San Jose's Kelley Park. Thursday, August 23, 2018

We were fortunate that San Jose History Park's Summer 2018 hours meant an earlier opening so we were able to schedule a visit for our regular 10:00 AM start time.  For an August day the weather was pleasantly cool and a bit overcast (technically termed "fogust") which evoked cries of  "No shadows!".    How can we possibly paint if there are no shadows?   But, of course, we made the best of it (tho' some shadows would have been a bonus.  Especially with the concentration of late 19th and early 20th Century buildings with their super-abundance of ornate architectural details which just beg to be highlighted and defined by their shadows.)

For additional information about San Jose History Park, visit the official website at:

Upcoming paintsites: See the SCVWS website or the August and September Newsletters for details:

  • Aug 30, 2018:  Quarry Lakes Recreation Area, Fremont
  • Sep 6, 2018:  Agnews Historic Park, Santa Clara
  • Sep 13, 2018: Palo Alto Baylands
  • Sep 20, 2018: Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero
  • Saturday, Sep 22, 2018: Special event at Heritage Park, Mountain View
  • Sept 27, 2018: Ainsley House, Campbell
Shows & Exhibits by Paintsites Regulars:
  • Mike Granger and John Ediger have paintings in the current California Watercolor Association's "The Color of Summer" Exhibit at St. Mary's College of Art in Moraga.   (John's "The Old Adobe" painting won an award.)   Hurry - the show runs thru August 26, 2018. (Official website: )
  •  Watercolors by Jane Saltman, Nancy Troup, and Tanvi Buch are featured in the Los Altos History Museum's "Paint the Town ll: Echoes of the Past " show which runs from July 5 to October 7, 2018.  Tanvi's painting of "Voyageur du Temps" received the Honorable Mention award.  The Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos.  Hours are Thu - Sun: noon - 4 PM.   Admission is free. (Official website: 
  •  Annie Haines and John Ediger each have two paintings in the California Watercolor Association's "Explore Color / Discover Color" exhibit at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael.   John's painting "Red Barn" was the 2nd place award. The show runs thru January 31, 2019.    (Official website: )
  •  Rich Bloechl's watercolors are currently exhibited in the Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Ave, in downtown Campbell.  The artwork will be "up" in August during normal library hours. (Mon - Tue: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM;  Wed: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Thu - Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sun: closed.)
Artists and their artwork:
Artists in the park

Annie looking for something to paint ....

Artists lined up on Main St.


Mike G. taking it easy at his first Paintsite in awhile after an intense year in his studio during which he created several award winning paintings

Mike's painting of a leafy sub-garden in the park. 

Cindy found this great scene looking thru the trees --- isn't that what artists are supposed to do - see things others don't see?
Constance's quick sketch of the Empire Firehouse

Constance's second painting - the blazing Crape (or Crepe) Myrtle in the background was what really caught her attention.  (Easy to see why this time of year!)

Benay's painting of the Empire Firehouse.  From a distance when first entering the park, some of us mistook it for a church --- easy to see why.
Thursday Paintsites coordinator Marilyn recently took a lesson in depicting reflections in windows so, when she entered the Park, what was the first thing she saw?   You guessed it - a handsome old house with a big bay window!

Marilyn's painting of the Nelson-DeLuz house (built 1905)


Rich's painting of an old farm tractor used to drive, via belts, pulleys, shafts, etc. various pieces of auxiliary equipment.
Brad's sketch of old Southern Pacific steam locomotive 1215



Leslie L, biting down on her paintbrush, defines the "pirate plein air painter"  look

Leslie L's painting of the old Orchard Supply (OSH) boxcar.   She painted this for her husband who, like many of us, is lamenting the just announced closing of OSH (founded in 1931 in San Jose) by parent company Lowe's.

Thursday Paintsites first-timer Shelley
Shelley's unfinished painting of the "Dashaway Stables" (originally built 1888).    A great name and an abundance of architectural detail, for such a humble function, make this a particularly interesting subject.


Tiangong's fine painting of Main Street leading into the park.  The Pacific Hotel
is on the right, the Empire Firehouse just beyond it.


Tanvi's painting of the Associated Gasoline Station
complete with old truck and service attendant


John's unfinished painting of an old truck in the Associated Oil Service Station.   (Remember when  "service" was actually offered and not just a part of the name?)


We unwittingly chose a table that was a bit unbalanced so that when somebody sat down at one end, those on the other end got a bit of a bounce.    And when they got up, a bit of a drop.   Possibly the most exciting part of the day.

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Next week a new site:  Quarry Lakes Recreation Area, Fremont

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