Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mtn View Library / Pioneer Memorial Park, Mountain View, October 18, 2018

We are very grateful to SCVWS member Shaowei Liu who gave an excellent tree painting demo at Mountain View Library / Pioneer Memorial Park.  We are also grateful to Salinda who first suggested this lesson.  The lesson was so well attended that it would have been nice to use the large monitor used for demos in the Hoover Theater.  But it was so much better to be outside among the actual trees and to see the shadows and sunlight on the trees and to see how Shaowei handled it in the plein air setting.

The Mountain View Pioneer Memorial Park was an excellent venue for a tree painting demo because it has many mature trees of different varieties, groupings of trees, intensely green grass, and attractive buildings in the background: the library, Center for Performing Arts, City Hall, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Upcoming paintsites: See the SCVWS website or the October/November Newsletters for details:
  • Thursday, Oct 25, 2018: Clos LaChance winery, San Martin
  • Thursday, Nov 1, 2018: Crissy Field West Bluff, San Francisco
  • Thursday, Nov 8, Sunnyvale Baylands Park
  • Thursday, Nov 15, Paintsite at Alum Rock Park, San Jose
  • Saturday, Nov 17, Clos LaChance Winery, San Martin
  • Thursday, Nov 29, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, San Jose

Shows & Exhibits by Paintsites Regulars:
  • 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" won the 2nd place award. The show runs thru January 31, 2019.    (Official website:
  • Tiangong Liu's painting "Low Tide" has been accepted in the California Watercolor Association's 49th National Exhibition to be displayed Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2019 at the Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton.  (Official website: )
  • Elaine Goldstone has a watercolor “Smith Rock" accepted to The Pacific Art League 97th Anniversary exhibition. The piece will be on view at Pacific Art League from Friday, November 2nd, 2018 - Thursday, November 29th, 2018. Opening reception at our First Friday Art Party on Friday, November 2nd from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. PAL is located at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 | 650.321.3891 |

Paintsite Regulars on TV/YouTube:

Candy Yu was interviewed for two installments of  the "In Our Community" program which aired on KMVT15 Community Media in August.  Each installment is about 25 minutes long.  You can view the interviews at:

Edward Rooks discusses his wildlife paintings (and his interesting life) with Valentina Design Universe:

Also see Edward's Flikr album of the Mountain View paintsite on:

Images of Shaowei's work and photos of the very helpful and well attended lesson:

Shaowei's finishing painting

Shaowei prepared a "before and after" comparison to show the extra
brushstrokes she added after her demo.

After the demo Shaowei prepared a detailed drawing to show values.

Shaowei is talking to a large group of students

Shaowei is showing some sample artwork.

Shaowei starts with a light pencil drawing.

Shaowei's painting is coming along very nicely, and the students
are watching intently.

After the demo we painted.  Some artists followed the lesson very carefully:

Benay's painting

Helen's painting



Liz's painting


Salinda's painting

Sunny, keeping warm while wearing her SCVWS T-shirt

Sunny's painting


Tanvi's painting

Some artists took a looser interpretation of the lesson:


Dick has been concentrating on putting people in his paintings


Edward's painting of library

Iris and Lisha

Iris's pencil sketch of trees


Lorraine's painting of the Mountain View 
Center for Performing Arts

Matt's painting of closeup of strawberry tree

Shaowei's brother Tiangong is also an excellent watercolor artist and a group
of artists gathered around to see how he paints.

Tiangong's painting of the Mountain View Library

Some artists painted the "Wind in the Willows" characters at the Mountain View Library:


Jane's painting of Badger and Toad from
"The Wind in the Willows"

Leslie's tombow and watercolor painting of the library,
and "Wind in the Willows" characters

Nancy is proudly wearing her new SCVWS T-shirt

Nancy's painting of Toad

After painting:

A group of artists posed after lunch.

Brad set up two display easels to display our artwork.
Getting ready to discuss our artwork

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