Sunday, July 5, 2020

Week 16: June 28 to July 4, 2020

Our Paintsites coordinators have decided to resume Paintsites! We recognize that the COVID pandemic is not over by any means, and we also recognize that many members will choose not to join Paintsites at this time. The blog will continue to be published as a Weekly Painting Blog for all our members with the same submission guidelines. 


Paint site Guidelines

Our first paint site is scheduled for July 9, 2020 at Maison du Lac. You must check the Paintsites website for details including directions and possible cancellations. To keep our members and guests as safe as possible during the COVID-19 era, we must change how we do things. We ask that members let us know if you plan to attend (each week) by email at paintsites@scvws.org. Some of our sites have limited visitor requirements. When we reach a limit, we will email you back with apologies. Plan ahead! Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. rule. We will not be taking photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo and submit to paintsites@scvws.org according to our Weekly Blog submission guidelines.  


Blog Submission Guidelines

We invite paintsite artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:
  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member, please.


Artwork

Annie's watercolor of an old flatbed truck,
Maison du Lac

Gladioli in Willowgate Community Garden
by Leslie 

Alison's watercolor of a view she discovered while exploring
 Maison du Lac property

DIck's watercolor of Kirigin Cellars Winery, Morgan Hill

 Maison du Lac Wedgewood Stove by Elaine

Pink Peonies by Jane

Raging Grannies for Social Justice by Caroline

Fremont's Ardenwood Station by Joe

Salinda's watercolor of Kirigin Cellars Winery in Morgan Hill

Toni's watercolor of sunflowers in her mother's garden

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Week 15, June 21 - June 27, 2020

As California eases its shelter in place mandates, some of us are venturing further afield. If you are out and about, remember to check online to see what parks and open space areas are open, as well as their parking and restroom restrictions. Be careful, observe social distancing and wear a mask when others are in the area.

We will continue to publish the weekly blog during the "Shelter in Place" requirements  while Thursday and Weekend paintsites are cancelled.  We invite paintsite artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:
  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member, please.
Please check the SCVWS.org website for Paintsites updates and the SCVWS Newsletter  for some great art opportunities during this time. Our paintsite leaders and board are having discussions about when we can resume our Thursday and Weekend group outings. Check the newsletter and website for announcements.

Artwork

Tomato Plant at Campbell Park, by Susan B. G.

The Orpheum by Tanvi. "When I went to see Hamilton last year - feels like another era."

"An American red robin sitting on her nest outside my window was the perfect live model. I took a photo in case she flew away but the screen blurred the image. Luckily she stayed put until I was finished." by Jane S.

Gouache plein air painting of a sycamore near Los Alamitos Creek Trail by Annie 

Mt. Shasta View by Caroline G.

"My Hidden Villa entry of the Baaaarnyaaaard Baaabies" by Alison

Frederick’s Field by Dick

Frederick’s Field by Salinda

Shelter in place piece by Joseph R.

Potted plants by Indira

"This is a cactus garden in a front yard in a nearby neighborhood. Lots of unusual cactuses!" by Leslie

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Week 14, June 14 - June 20, 2020

As California eases its shelter in place mandates, some of us are venturing further afield. If you are out and about, remember to check online to see what parks and open space areas are open, as well as their parking and restroom restrictions. Be careful, observe social distancing and wear a mask when others are in the area. 
We will continue to publish the weekly blog during the "Shelter in Place" requirements  while Thursday and Weekend paintsites are cancelled.  We invite paintsite artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:
  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member, please.
Please check the SCVWS.org website for Paintsites updates and the SCVWS Newsletter  for some great art opportunities during this time. Our paintsite leaders and board are having discussions about when we can resume our Thursday and Weekend group outings. Check the newsletter and website for announcements.
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Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills is currently closed and we have had to cancel our planned paintsite there; nevertheless, they have invited us to participate in their Art Contest jointly sponsored by the Los Altos Town Crier.  We have painted at Hidden Villa many times in the past, and it is very likely that you already have a painting that would be suitable for this contest.  Here are the details:

Important! Submissions have closed. Watch this site for results.
  • Prompt: Depict your favorite place at Hidden Villa
  • Medium: Your choice of 2D visual art medium (paint, sketch, pastels, crayons, etc.)
  • Age: For all ages! There will be prizes for three age groups: 9 & Under, 10-17, 18+
  • Prizes: First place winners will receive their choice of Hidden Villa strawberries, olive oil, or a floral bouquet. Second and third place winners will receive 3 free day passes. All winners will be published by the LATC.
  • Submission: To submit, email a photo or scan of the artwork, with the title and the artist's name and age to lhedgecock@hiddenvilla.org by June 21st. May specify age as "18+. Include a photo of the artist holding the piece as well, and Hidden Villa may feature it on their social media!

Artwork

Coyote Valley Open Space, by Elaine

Sweet Peas, by Jane S.
Comment: "This is for you, Marilyn."

Succulent by Leslie
Comment: Leslie says she spotted this in a neighboring condo yard.

Valley View, Mount Madonna, by Dick

Valley View, Mount Madonna, by Salinda

Blooms at Filoli, from a personal photo by Mary R.

Rocky Shore, by Joe
This is lavender blooming season. Several stalwart artists donned their masks and headed out to Frederick's Field in the Almaden Valley. Some visited on Thursday, others on Saturday. Even though there were several familiar faces, this was not a Society event.

Cindy

Matt

Alison

Lisha

Helen

Annie

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Week 13, June 7 to June 13, 2020

 As California eases its shelter in place mandates, some of us are venturing further afield. If you are out and about, remember to check online to see what parks and open space areas are open, as well as their parking and restroom restrictions. Be careful, observe social distancing and wear a mask when others are in the area. 
We will continue to publish the weekly blog during the "Shelter in Place" requirements  while Thursday and Weekend paintsites are cancelled.  We invite paintsite artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:
  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member, please.
Please check the SCVWS.org website for Paintsites updates and the SCVWS Newsletter  for some great art opportunities during this time.
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Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills is currently closed and we have had to cancel our planned paintsite there; nevertheless, they have invited us to participate in their Art Contest jointly sponsored by the Los Altos Town Crier.  We have painted at Hidden Villa many times in the past, and it is very likely that you already have a painting that would be suitable for this contest.  Here are the details:

  • Prompt: Depict your favorite place at Hidden Villa
  • Medium: Your choice of 2D visual art medium (paint, sketch, pastels, crayons, etc.)
  • Age: For all ages! There will be prizes for three age groups: 9 & Under, 10-17, 18+
  • Prizes: First place winners will receive their choice of Hidden Villa strawberries, olive oil, or a floral bouquet. Second and third place winners will receive 3 free day passes. All winners will be published by the LATC.
  • Submission: To submit, email a photo or scan of the artwork, with the title and the artist's name and age to lhedgecock@hiddenvilla.org by June 21st. May specify age as "18+. Include a photo of the artist holding the piece as well, and Hidden Villa may feature it on their social media!

Artwork

Baylands Boathouse by Caroline

Black Necked Stilt Chick by Kathy K

Hellyer Park, San Jose by Salinda

Hellyer Park, San Jose by Dick

Blossom Hill Park by Helen

Jacarandas by Indiria 

Interpretation of Birdhouses by Leslie

Birdhouses that inspired Leslie

Martin's Beach by Lisha

Starlight House near Yosemite by Caroline

Orchids by Sham

Gamble Garden Gazebo by Tanvi

Jacarandas in Bloom  by Alison

Two Cats on a Bed by Annie

Gamble Garden by Jane S

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Week 12, May 31 to June 6


As California eases its shelter in place mandates, some of us are venturing further afield. If you are out and about, remember to check online to see what parks and open space areas are open, as well as their parking and restroom restrictions. Be careful, observe social distancing and wear a mask when others are in the area. 
We will continue to publish the weekly blog during the "Shelter in Place" requirements  while Thursday and Weekend paintsites are cancelled.  We invite paintsite artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:
  • Submit a digital photo of your artwork to paintsites@scvws.org. Cropped photos are preferred.
  • Include your name, the date and comments about the site or unique media notes.
  • Be creative! Some of your best subjects are in or around your home. You may want to paint from personal photos of your travels.
  • Submissions after Saturday midnight will appear in the following week's blog.
  • One submission per member, please.
Please check the SCVWS.org website for Paintsites updates and the SCVWS Newsletter  for some great art opportunities during this time.
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Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills is currently closed and we have had to cancel our planned paintsite there; nevertheless, they have invited us to participate in their Art Contest jointly sponsored by the Los Altos Town Crier.  We have painted at Hidden Villa many times in the past, and it is very likely that you already have a painting that would be suitable for this contest.  Here are the details:
  • Prompt: Depict your favorite place at Hidden Villa
  • Medium: Your choice of 2D visual art medium (paint, sketch, pastels, crayons, etc.)
  • Age: For all ages! There will be prizes for three age groups: 9 & Under, 10-17, 18+
  • Prizes: First place winners will receive their choice of Hidden Villa strawberries, olive oil, or a floral bouquet. Second and third place winners will receive 3 free day passes. All winners will be published by the LATC.
  • Submission: To submit, email a photo or scan of the artwork, with the title and the artist's name and age to lhedgecock@hiddenvilla.org by June 21st. May specify age as "18+. Include a photo of the artist holding the piece as well, and Hidden Villa may feature it on their social media!

Artwork
Flowering cactus by Indira

"Photo taken in Santa Fe last year features a historic adobe. The upstairs room being used by a dress maker. Like a secret space beaconing you to explore." by Elaine G.

"The Last Iris" by Caroline G. 

Magnolia blossom from her backyard tree by Alison

Matilija poppy with gouache paints by Jane S.

"Shoreline Boathouse" painted first week of June from photo taken at beginning of week by Leslie G.

"It’s sunny day" Painted at wildwood park in Saratoga by Helen C.

McClellan Ranch Preserve from a photo of the group’s trip to the ranch preserve in Cupertino by Mary R.


Wildwood Park by Lisha



Edith Morely Park by Dick

Edith Morley City Park by Salinda

Douglas Iris by Annie