Saturday, August 17, 2019

Vasona Lake CP, Los Gatos, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Vasona Lake County Park surrounds Vasona Reservoir which was formed by building a dam on Los Gatos Creek in 1935.  The Santa Clara Valley Water District usually keeps this reservoir, their smallest reservoir, nearly full, and it was at 95% for us.

This was the first time a paintsite had an 8 AM start time, but it was very appropriate due to the heat wave.  It was a lovely time to paint with a pleasant temperature, longer shadows, and sharp reflections on the lake.  School was already in session, so we did not get to enjoy the happy sounds of children, but we did see two American coots, each with a chick, in the Water Primrose right in front of us.

For more information about the park, visit: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/Pages/Vasona.aspx
For more photos from the paintsite, see Edward Rook's Flickr album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardrooks/albums/72157710335492207

Upcoming Paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the August and September Newsletters for details:
  • Thursday, August 22, Senior Safari, Happy Hollow Zoo,  San Jose, 9 AM start time
  • Thursday, August 29, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga
  • Thursday, Sept 5, Emerald Lake Country Club, Emerald Hills
  • Thursday, Sept 12, Rosicrucian Museum Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, Sept 19, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park
  • Saturday, Sept 21, Edenvale Gardens Regional Park / Hayes Mansion, San Jose
  • Thursday, Sept 26, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

Artists and their artwork:

Vasona Lake with arch bridge and beautiful reflections

California ground squirrels keeping an eye on us from their
"high rise" vantage point.  Photo by Edward

American coot feeds her chick.  Photo by Edward

Lora

Lora's painting of  Vasona Lake and boat rental concession

Elaine

Elaine's painting of pedal boats and sail boats
at boat rental concession

Elaine's painting of arch bridge

Breezy is Elaine's painting buddy

Marilyn and Elaine are posing and
Breezy is getting a snack

Marilyn's painting of Vasona Lake and arch bridge

Edward

Edward's painting of Vasona Lake includes
the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance 
and wildlife in the foreground

Brad

Brad painted the lake in high key to show
that it was a very warm day

Brad's gray-scale painting of the trees around the lake

Jan C. found a comfortable place to 
set up at a picnic table

Edward is enjoying the water melon that Marilyn
brought to keep the artists cool and hydrated


Marilyn is showing Elaine's painting
We admired our paintings,
then went home at 11:30 before it got too hot.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, Fremont, Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge was created by an act in Congress in 1972 and named after the U.S. Representative who championed its creation.  The refuge now encompasses 30,000 acres and stretches from the Dumbarton Bridge south to Alviso.  We visited the Fremont part of the refuge.  Although it consists mostly of wetlands, it has one hill, the smallest and southernmost of the Coyote Hills, which provided overlooks with superb views of the Bay, the Dumbarton and San Mateo Bridges, marshes, salt ponds, and the Newark Slough.

It was a beautiful day at the refuge.  It started off partly cloudy, but the clouds burned off by about 10:30 AM, then the wind blew but not too hard -- just right to keep us from getting too hot.

For more information about the refuge, visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/

Upcoming Paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the August Newsletter for details:
  • 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, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga
  • Thursday, Sept 5, Emerald Lake Country Club, Emerald Hills
  • Thursday, Sept 12, Rosicrucian Museum Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, Sept 19, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park
  • Saturday, Sept 21, Edenvale Gardens Regional Park / Hayes Mansion, San Jose
  • Thursday, Sept 26, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz


Artists and their artwork:

Dick has a great view of the wetlands

Dick's painting of the wetlands

Salinda, Dick, and Broncha set up at the overlook
by the Complex Headquarters

Salinda showing her two completed paintings

Salinda's painting of the wetlands

Salinda focused on the Dumbarton Bridge

Jane P. painted from an overlook at the side of the hill

Jane focused on one of the historic buildings

Marilyn's painting of the wetlands

That tiny figure is Brad sitting on the levee right by the water

Brad's painting of one of the ramshackle buildings

Brad's pen and ink drawing of a historic building converted into a picnic shelter.

Broncha painted from inside the picnic shelter, a perfect spot
out of the wind with a terrific view of the Learning Center.

Broncha's painting of the Newark Slough and the Learning Center

Sham's painting of the hillside by the Complex Headquarters.

Indira's painting of the same

It is a Wildlife Refuge, and we did see wildlife.
Here is a red-tailed hawk soaring above the wetlands and Highway 84
and showing off its red tail.

The same red-tailed hawk, soaring almost
directly above.

More wildlife:  many resting avocets

The artists with their paintings
on the picnic table by the Learning Center.

Marilyn showing Broncha's painting during our sharing time

Artists at lunch.  Photo by Salinda



Sunday, August 4, 2019

Saratoga History Park Museum, Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Saratoga History Museum is housed in a Western Falsefront store, one of the oldest commercial buildings in Santa Clara and originally built on Big Basin Way.  The McWilliams House is one of the oldest homes in Saratoga -- perhaps dating to the 1850's.  Both buildings were moved to their current locations in 1976 as part of the American Bicentennial celebration, creating the Saratoga History Museum.  There is a one room schoolhouse behind the McWilliams house. Some of our artists found other interesting subjects along Los Gatos-Saratoga Road.  The weather was very pleasant for outdoor painting: sunny and warm enough that our artists sought out shade.

For more information about the Saratoga Historical Foundation visit http://www.saratogahistory.com/

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

  • 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, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga
  • Thursday, Sept 5, Emerald Lake Country Club, Emerald Hills

Artists and their artwork:

Joe's painting of the McWilliams House

Joe in the shade on the opposite side
Los Gatos-Saratoga Road

Brad's painting of the McWilliams House

Brad is also in the shade on the opposite side
of Los Gatos-Saratoga Road

Edward captured everything: Saratoga History Museum,
one room school house, and McWilliams House

Edward

John's sketchbook page shows his value study and
sketch of the one room school house and McWilliams House

John

Paintsite co-coordinator Marilyn's painting
of McWilliams House and garden

Susan B-G's painting of the museum and
McWilliams House

Susan B-G set up in the shade in front
of the Saratoga Federated Church

Lauren used only red, blue, and yellow
pigments in her painting of the Saratoga History Museum

Lauren also set up in the shade in front of
the Saratoga Federated Church

Broncha's painting of the patio and back of
the Saratoga History Museum

Broncha

Kathy was fascinated by the arches
of the Saratoga Federated Church

Kathy

Indira's painting of the Bell Tower Café,
just down the street from the museum

Indira's comfortable painting studio for the day

Sham's painting of the Memorial Arch

Sham

New member Willa is getting acquainted with Kathy who
is painting with us for her second time.

Casual admiration of our paintings

Edward and Indira are discussing the fine points
of plein air painting

Formal admiration of our paintings

The artists pose for a group photo.  Photo by Susan B-G