Saturday, January 26, 2019

Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz, Thursday, January 24, 2019

The bluff at Lighthouse Field State Beach forms the northern boundary of Monterey Bay.  From the bluff we had an excellent view of Monterey Bay to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, many surfers in Steamer Lane, Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, handsome Monterey cypress trees, and Monarch butterflies fluttering about.

Although we had reserved January 24 as a rain makeup day, when the weather forecast called for perfect weather at the coast, we changed our plans and went to Santa Cruz.  We were treated to excellent beach weather: temperature reached mid 60s, little to no wind, bright blue sky, and clear air so we could see Moss Landing and the Monterey Peninsula very clearly.  Wildlife sightings included a couple of sea otters, a red-tailed hawk, and lots of Monarch butterflies.

For information about the State Beach see:
For information about the lighthouse see:

Upcoming Paintsites.  See the SCVWS website or the January/February Newsletters for details.
  • Sunday,   Jan 27, 1-3 pm, Santa Clara Fire Museum
  • Thursday, Jan 31, Downtown Pleasanton and CWA Exhibit
  • Thursday, Feb 7,  Location to be announced
  • Thursday, Feb 14, Location to be announced
  • Saturday, Feb 16, Stanford Red Barn
  • Thursday, Feb 21, Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
  • Thursday, Feb 28, Belgatos Park, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, Mar 7,  San Francisco Botanical Garden and "Monet: The Late Years" at the de Young museum

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 through 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.  We will view this exhibit on January 31.  (Official website: )
  • 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 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.
See Edward Rooks's Flickr album of the Santa Cruz paintsite on:

Artists and their artwork:

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse (Photo by E. Rooks) 

View of surfers near the lighthouse (photo by E. Rooks) 

Wintering Monarchs have travelled to Santa Cruz from west of the Rockies
(Photo by E. Rooks)

A single monarch on the pathway (Photo by M. Perry) 

Painters setting up near the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse

Lorraine's painting of the lighthouse
Since we were in Santa Cruz for the day Allen was able to join us


Annie's painting of the crashing waves and the lighthouse

Painters near the lighthouse

Edward's painting of the lighthouse


Helen's watercolor of the park trees

Helen's second painting of the beautiful wind swept Monterey Cypress

Indira's painting of the cliffs seen from near the lighthouse

Jane's view of the lighthouse from the west

John, Tanvi and Ling (Photo by E. Rooks) 

John's watercolor of the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse

Kaaren's watercolor of the view looking west of the lighthouse

Kaaren's second painting, a view of the cliffs below the lighthouse

Marilyn's painting of a surfer in Steamer Lane

Sham's painting of the lighthouse

Tanvi (Photo by E. Rooks)

Tanvi's watercolor of the lighthouse
which contains the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Tanvi's view of the cliffs

Paintsites lunchtime group shot (Photo by E. Rooks) 

Paintsites show and tell artwork (Photo by E. Rooks)

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