Sunday, February 17, 2019

Weekend Paintsite, Stanford Red Barn - February 16, 2019

Intense scattered showers did not deter our weekend artists from venturing outdoors to the Stanford Red Barn. The Victorian style Red Barn is rich in history from Leland Stanford's world famous horses to Eadweard Muybridge's experiments in motion photography. Today the Red Barn is the Stanford Intercollegiate Riding and Equestrian Center.


Early photograph of the Stanford Red Barn
The Red Barn today
Marilyn's sketchbook painting of Red Barn landscape

Jayne's sketch of the Red Barn

Alison's painting of the Red Barn

Sketchbooks on display

Statue on the grounds

Hiding in the hay bales

Taking refuge from the rain in the hay barn.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, Los Altos, Thursday, February 7, 2019

In 1912 when W.H.Wright bought property on Adobe Creek in Los Altos it had one small cottage and a single redwood tree. The property was originally intended as a family retreat away from foggy San Francisco. Later, Wright gifted the land to his daughter Emma on her marriage to Theodore Vail Halsey. A new house was constructed in 1923 and truckloads of redwood seedlings were brought in from the Santa Cruz Mountains to replace the diseased creekside willows.

The Halsey Property was bought by the City of Los Altos in 1974 for the purpose of protecting the majestic 90 year old redwoods planted by the Halseys. In addition to the towering redwoods,  the six acre preserve features a boardwalk loop, a meadow, and native understory plants maintained by Grassroots Ecology.

Thanks to all the rain we've been having, Adobe Creek actually had flowing water. The morning started out cool but the welcoming mid-morning sun provided warmth and wonderful shadow patterns throughout the grove.

For more on Redwood Grove please check out:
https://www.losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/redwood-grove-nature-preserve
http://www.friendsofhistoricredwoodgrove.org
https://www.grassrootsecology.org/redwood-grove-nature-preserve/

Upcoming Paintsites.  See the SCVWS website or the February/March Newsletters for details.

  • Thursday, Feb 14, Maryknoll Retirement Residence, Los Altos
  • 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
  • Saturday, Mar 9, Webb Ranch, Portola Valley
  • Thursday, Mar 14, Saratoga Heritage Orchard
  • Thursday, Mar 21, Kirk-Farrington House, San Jose
  • Thursday, Mar 28, Santa Clara Mission

Shows & Exhibits by Paintsite Regulars:
  • Tiangong Liu's painting "Low Tide" has been accepted in the California Watercolor Association's 49th National Exhibition and will be displayed through Feb 16, 2019 at the Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton.  (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/index.php )
  • Laurie Barna’s painting “The Heart of Liberty” is displayed at “Art from the Heart” exhibit which runs through March 23 at Dove Gallery, Park Victoria Church, 875 S. Park Victoria Drive, Milpitas.  Laurie was featured in an article in the “Willow Glen Resident” supplement to the Mercury News:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/24/local-artist-finds-life-after-liberty-series/
Also, make sure to check out Edward Rook's Flickr album of our February 2019 visit to Redwood Grove Nature Preserve:


Artists and their artwork:


Tanvi's watercolor of the boardwalk meandering through the redwoods

Tanvi

Tiangong's painting of the historic Halsey House

Tiangong

Toni's painting of redwoods bordered by Adobe Creek 

Toni
Carol

Caroline

Mary

Lora's watercolor of the bridge and redwoods

Lora 

Lauren

Lorraine's painting of the creek and redwoods

Lorraine

Annie's of view the main bridge

Annie

Helen's watercolor of the creek and redwoods

Helen

Edward's view of  Redwood Grove

Edward

Wanda's sketch of the grove

Wanda

Dick's painting of Redwood Grove visitors

Salinda's watercolor of visitors on the boardwalk

Joe's watercolor of the creek

Paintsites' lunch break

Paintsites' artists admiring artwork


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Downtown Pleasanton and CWA 49th National Exhibit, January 31, 2019

Downtown Pleasanton retains many reminders of its history.  During the Gold Rush the area was a mercantile stopover for miners seeking their fortune in the gold fields.  The transcontinental railroads rolled into Pleasanton in 1869.  The area became the agricultural center for the Amador Valley and home to the oldest horseracing track in the nation.  Pleasanton was incorporated in 1894 with Main Street as a center for business and community activity.  Main Street is now a pedestrian and artist-friendly, tree-lined street with buildings of many historic architectural styles.

It was touch and go if the rain was going to stop in time for our paintsite, but the timing turned out to be perfect – the rain stopped just in time for the freeway to be dry, and the sun popped out from time to time while we painted.

It is only one block from historic Main Street to the Firehouse Arts Center where the California Watercolor Association 49th National Exhibit was taking place.  We toured this prestigious juried exhibit as a group and were very proud to see our own paintsite regular Tiangong Liu’s painting “Low Tide” be displayed with work by former weekend paintsites coordinator Uma Kelkar and famous artists such as Mike Reardon, Thomas Schaller, and Brenda Swenson.

For more information about downtown Pleasanton see:
http://www.pleasantondowntown.net/
https://www.pleasanton.org/history-of-pleasanton

Upcoming Paintsites.  See the SCVWS website or the February Newsletter for details.
  • Thursday, Feb 7,  Los Altos Redwood Grove
  • 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 Paintsite Regulars:
  • Tiangong Liu's painting "Low Tide" has been accepted in the California Watercolor Association's 49th National Exhibition and will be displayed through Feb 16, 2019 at the Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton.  (Official website: https://www.californiawatercolor.org/index.php )
  • Laurie Barna’s painting “The Heart of Liberty” is displayed at “Art from the Heart” exhibit which runs through March 23 at Dove Gallery, Park Victoria Church, 875 S. Park Victoria Drive, Milpitas.  Laurie was featured in an article in the “Willow Glen Resident” supplement to the Mercury News:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/24/local-artist-finds-life-after-liberty-series/

Artists and their artwork:


Brad's watercolor of the Johnston Bldg. on Main St.
Brad, Helen, Candy and Lisha

Helen's watercolor of Main St., Pleasanton

Candy's watercolor of the 1896 Johnston Bldg.

Lisha's watercolor shows a closer view of the historic Johnston Bldg.

Annie

Annie's painting of Paintsite artists at work

Dick and Salinda with visiting family

Dick's painting of downtown Pleasanton

Iris

Jane

Jane's watercolor sketch of  a Main St. bicycle shop
Susan B-G

Susan B-G's painting of seamster at work at
Estrella Designs 

Tanvi

Tanvi's watercolor of one of the oldest buildings in downtown
 Pleasanton

Marilyn's line drawing of Main St., Pleasanton


Paintsite artists carefully studying the
CWA Exhibit located at the Pleasanton Firehouse Art Center

"Low Tide" by Tiangong Liu
Lunch on the grounds of the Firehouse Art Center

Paintsites Group photo on the railroad tracks