Brrrrrr was it cold! This is the coldest temperature I can recall at the start of a paintsite. Based on my vehicle’s thermometer, I say it was 40-45 degrees when we arrived and warmed up to about 50 degrees. Previous paintsite visits to this park have been hikes, and the trails looked very appealing because the North Trail was in brilliant sun whereas the steep canyon where we were was mostly in shade. Finding sunshine was mandatory for most artists, but there were a few of us who were really bundled up and who stayed in the shade all day in order to get our desired view of the creek or stone bridge.
For more information about Alum Rock Park visit:
Upcoming Paintsites. See the SCVWS website or the January Newsletter for details.
- Wednesday, Jan 9, Last day to sign up for Annual Holiday Party
- Thursday, Jan 10, Bernal Gulnac Joice Ranch, San Jose
- Thursday, Jan 17, Los Altos Redwood Grove
- Saturday, Jan 19, Annual Holiday Party with theme "Under the Sea"
- Thursday, Jan 24, Location to be announced
- Sunday, Jan 27, 1-3 pm, Santa Clara Fire Museum
- Thursday, Jan 31, Downtown Pleasanton and CWA Exhibit
- Thursday, Feb 21, Winchester Mystery House
- 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 through January 31, 2019. (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/gallery.php?cat=95
- 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. We will view this exhibit on January 31. (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/index.php )
- Elaine Goldstone’s Botanical watercolor paintings are currently on display in the 1st annual Artist Showcase at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto - 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 321-3891 firstname.lastname@example.org Monday - Friday 9AM to 5PM, Saturday from 10AM to 2PM. Elaine's Hachiya Persimmon painting sold on the 1st night! The show runs until January 28, 2019.
Also coming up: The SCVWS Annual Holiday Party: See SCVWS website Home page links (left of the green seahorse) for details. And remember to bring a 4" X 6" painting of a sea shell for the Painting Exchange.
Artists and their artwork:
|Lisa, Annie and John painting from the |
|Annie's painting of eucalyptus and sunlit hillsides |
painted from the north side of Penitencia Creek
|Benay painting on the south side of the creek|
|Benay's painting of the old stone bridge near the visitor's center|
|Brad's painting of the stone bridge on the upper stretch of the creek|
|Candy sketching from the north side of the creek|
|Candy's sketch of an eucalyptus highlighting |
the blue green foliage and orange bark
|Dick's painting of the creek flowing near the upper bridge|
|Dory (new to our group) holding her first|
painting done with Paintsites, a view from
Alum Rock Falls Rd
|Indira's watercolor of the lower bridge and rocky pool below|
|A closer look at the eucalyptus by Jane S|
|John's unfinished painting of the eucalyptus from the parking area|
|Lauren's painting of the upper bridge and buckeye tree|
|Dory and Lisa|
|Lisa's watercolor of the Eucalyptus trees on |
Alum Rock Falls Road
|Liz's painting of a live oak that survived|
the recent wind storm
|Dick and Salinda bundled up and ready for painting in the cool|
|Salinda's painting of the Penitencia Creek near the |
|Sham's painting of the lower bridge |
|Janice standing on one of the park's historic bridges|
|Marilyn's painting of the old stone bridge near the Mineral|
|While picnicking we saw this bobcat strolling on the|
volleyball court. He seemed to know this was his home and
to feel quite comfortable there even with people around.
|Alum Rock Park group photo. We are still bundled up despite the bright sunshine.|
|Second group photo at Alum Rock Park|