Monday, July 15, 2019

Moss Landing Harbor, July 11, 2019

Lois, Annie, and Kate painting at Moss Landing Harbor

This photo summarizes our day at Moss Landing Harbor:  artists painting stunning scenery under beautiful blue skies with so little wind that there were reflections in the water and Annie could set up her umbrella with no fear of it blowing into the water.  It is a long drive to Moss Landing, but we planned a big day since we had been on vacation the week before due to the Fourth of July holiday.  Moss Landing has so much together in proximity:  boats in the harbor, sea otters and sea lions, the power plant, the Old Salinas River, attractive old buildings along Moss Landing Road, Salinas River State Beach, Monterey Bay, and delicious food at Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery.  We did our best to capture it in one day.

For more information about Moss Landing, visit
For more information about Phil's, visit

Upcoming Paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the July/August Newsletters for details:

  • Thursday, July 18, Stevens Creek County Park Lakeshore Picnic Area, Cupertino
  • Saturday, July 20, Webb Ranch, Portola Valley
  • Thursday, July 25, Portola Vineyards, Portola Valley
  • Thursday, August 1, Saratoga History Park
  • Thursday, August 8, Don Edwards Wildlife Preserve, Fremont
  • Thursday, August 15, Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose
  • Saturday, August 17, Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, August 22, Senior Safari, Happy Hollow Zoo, San Jose
  • Thursday, August 29, Location to be announced
  • Thursday, Sept 5, Emerald Lake Country Club, Emerald Hills

Artists and their artwork:

The day started off with clear skies inland, but with a thin marine layer right on the coast.

Reflections of sailboat masts in the harbor under cloudy skies

It wasn't long until we spotted a sea otter having breakfast in the harbor.

A ghostly apparition in the sky.
Soon it was completely clear, warm, and pleasant.


Annie's painting of a boat in the harbor

Kate and Edward

Kate's two-page journal painting of Monterey Cypress
with Moss Landing smokestacks in the background

Kate's unfinished painting of Mokoli

Edward's painting of Pancho

Thursday paintsite co-coordinator Marilyn

Marilyn's painting of Serenity and some of its harbor companions

Indira's painting of Captain Peter

Sham's painting of two sailboats in the harbor


Elaine's painting of boats in the harbor


Toni's painting of the harbor



Helen's painting of boats in the harbor

Lisa's painting of boats in the harbor

Liz's painting of three boats in the harbor

Dick writes, "This relic at Moss Landing, CA begged to be painted,
so I did, plein air."

Salinda painted the same boat, but she put it in the water.

Broncha's painting of sailboats moored along the docks.
Jan C's finished painting

Brad's painting of the power station with smokestacks

Brad's painting of the Shakespeare Society of America and
other buildings along Moss Landing Road
 Brad says this is the reason we drive all the way south to Moss Landing:  to have lunch together at Phil's Fish Market & Eatery.

We were hungry and it was time for lunch.

Liz's artichoke was so beautiful, Toni had to get a photo.

One table of artists.  Grace reported that her cioppino was delicious.

Another table of artists

Another table of artists found a place inside the restaurant.

After lunch many of the artists posed for a group shot.

Thank you, Edward, for leading the sharing of our artwork.

It looks like Edward's comments were very entertaining.
After lunch some of us were not ready to leave the ocean, but instead kept on painting.

Toni set up in the shade by Old Salinas River
with the Sandholdt Rd bridge over the river in the background.

Elaine set up by Old Salinas River

Elaine's painting of Old Salinas River

Edward at Salinas River State Beach is getting ready to paint
with Monterey Bay in the background.

Edward's painting of Monterey Bay and
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Marilyn's painting of the dunes at Salinas River State Beach and  Monterey Bay

Helen's painting of a family enjoying themselves on the beach

Broncha is showing off her painting of the sand dunes
and Monterey Bay

Marilyn and Helen are packed up and ready to go, but
Brad and Janice are in no rush to leave the State Beach.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Sunnyvale, June 27, 2019

The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum is adjacent to the 10 acre Orchard Heritage Park where about 800 trees were laden with ripe delicious Blenheim apricots.  We have painted at the orchard many times when the trees were bare or blooming, but this is the first time we painted when the apricots were ripe and being sold at a fruit stand on the premises.  Paintsite co-coordinator and Blenheim apricot fancier Marilyn wanted the artists to know how delicious ripe Blenheim apricots right from the tree can be, so she brought enough apricots from the fruit stand to share with everyone.

The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum is a replica of the Martin Murphy Jr. Bayview House which was milled in Bangor, Maine, shipped around the Horn in 1850, and assembled in Sunnyvale.  The museum and grounds were looking splendid in preparation for the September 28 Anniversary Celebration to honor the grand new entrance and dedication of new outdoor exhibits.  SCVWS will have a booth at this celebration which will include an exhibit of some of the artwork from this and previous paintsites at this site.

The weather was perfect with delightful temperature, lots of sunshine, and enough shade in the orchard and museum gardens.  The artists agreed that the Blenheim apricots were indeed delicious.

For more information about the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum and Orchard Heritage Park, visit:

Upcoming Paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the July Newsletter for details:

  • Thursday, July 11, Moss Landing Harbor with lunch at Phil's Fish Market and Eatery
  • Thursday, July 18, Stevens Creek County Park Lakeshore Picnic Area, Cupertino
  • Saturday, July 20, Webb Ranch, Portola Valley
  • Thursday, July 25, Portola Vineyards, Portola Valley

Artists and their artwork:

Rich's painting of the orchard and apricots drying on drying racks

The Museum is so much more welcoming now that the
main entrance is complete.  Its completion will be recognized
with a celebration on Saturday, September 28.


Iris's painting of the museum
and Brad painting the museum


Brad's painting of the museum

Tanvi is using her artist's umbrella for the first time.

Tanvi's detail of the museum

Tanvi's second detail of the museum highlighting the windows


Jan G.

Jan C.
Jan C's painting of the museum and garden

Broncha with the orchard visible behind her

Broncha's painting of part of the museum and gardens


Helen's painting of the museum and some of the
brilliant flowers in the museum garden


Matt's painting of flowers in the garden

Leslie sitting by the orchard with ripe
apricots visible behind her

Leslie's painting of the barn

Leslie's pen and ink sketch of detail of farm machinery

The orchard with ripe Blenheim apricots hanging on the trees


Toni's portrait of an apricot tree
When Toni finished one apricot tree painting, she enjoyed the orchard
so much, she painted a second painting of the orchard.

Elaine with the orchard and old-fashioned farm wagon behind her

Elaine's painting of old-fashioned farm wagon and orchard

Elaine's painting of the orchard with house and
Santa Cruz Mountains in the background
Caroline's painting of a farmer in the orchard

Lauren with her mode of transportation for the day

Lauren's painting of the old fashioned farm
wagon, orchard, and flowers
Marilyn's painting of apricots on the tree

Paintsite co-coordinator Marilyn wanted everyone to know how
delicious are Sunnyvale cherries and Blenheim apricots,
so she brought enough for everyone.

Paintsite co-coordinator emeritus Brad graciously accepted
the responsibility of leading the sharing of the artwork.
Thanks, Brad!

Artists admiring the artwork