Sunday, May 9, 2021

Alum Rock Park, San Jose, Thursday May 6, 2021

 Alum Rock Park Survivor Edition

During this episode of SCVWS survivor ( the Unnamed Bridges of Alum Rock Park) Lora, Claudia, Laurie, Monique and Alison had an wildlife adventure at Alum Rock Park. We persevered despite rattlesnake warning signs, aggressive squirrels and Stellars Jays, busy bees and poor cellphone service! The weather cooperated  and the breezy weather yielded crystal clear skies. ~ Alison

Scroll down and enjoy this week’s  photos and artwork posts, details on our plein air safety requirements and upcoming events.   

New: Check out our web site Paintsites Homepage. We updated it to include links to presentations on plein air painting by SCVWS members Dick Zunkel, Uma Kelkar and Edward Rooks. All three links were used as references during the SCVWS Zoom Q&A session on February 28, 2021. 


Paint Site Guidelines

Please 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. Some of the paint sites have visitor limits. When this occurs we will post the information in paint site details on the SCVWS website. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. distancing rule. We no longer take photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo, crop if needed, and submit  to paintsites@scvws.org 


Blog Submission Guidelines

If you choose not to attend the organized SCVWS plein air events, we invite Paintsites' artists sketching/painting on their own to 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 painting per member per week, please.

Upcoming Paint sites:

  • Thursday, MAY 13 - Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton
  • Thursday, MAY 20 - Vasona Park, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, MAY 27 - Santana Row Rooftops, San Jose

For more on the these sites go to Paintsites Detail

Paintsites Member's Artwork and Photos from this Week 

"The stone bridges were beautiful." by Lora

Mineral water fountain by Claudia

"Backlit bridge provided interesting shadows and reflected light."
by Alison

Laurie

Mineral water fountain

One of the old stone bridges

A "friendly" squirrel?

"“Alison said it best: “welcome to the ‘Survivor’ edition of SCVWS plein air painting!
  Difficult to locate the site (despite good directions
from Alison and all the park’s signage being covered up with foliage!).
This park’s “welcome” included “Rattlesnake Territory”
placards posted every 10 feet along the main asphalt path,
aggressive ground squirrels and Stellar Jays! 
A weapon might come in handy…” by Laurie

Other Paintings by SCVWS Members from this Week

House at the Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose by Helen

South Court Iris, Palo Alto by Caroline

Manzanita by Annie


Sunday, May 2, 2021

San Jose History Park, San Jose, Thursday, April 29, 2021

Linda, Susan BG, Jane, Claudia, Lora, Chris, Valerie, Brad, Helen, Caroline and Alison took a step back into History -San Jose style. We had 32 original and reproduction homes, businesses and landmarks reminiscent of Santa Clara Valley’s past.  Warm breezes and plenty of shade provided a comfortable day to paint the buildings.

For more information and a virtual trip of San Jose History Park

https://www.historysanjose.org/wp/plan-your-visit/history-park/virtual-visit/


 https://www.historysanjose.org/wp/?s=Building+descriptions+


Scroll down and enjoy this week’s  photos and artwork posts, details on our plein air safety requirements and upcoming events.   

New: Check out our web site Paintsites Homepage. We updated it to include links to presentations on plein air painting by SCVWS members Dick Zunkel, Uma Kelkar and Edward Rooks. All three links were used as references during the SCVWS Zoom Q&A session on February 28, 2021. 


Paint Site Guidelines

Please 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. Some of the paint sites have visitor limits. When this occurs we will post the information in paint site details on the SCVWS website. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. distancing rule. We no longer take photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo, crop if needed, and submit  to paintsites@scvws.org 


Blog Submission Guidelines

If you choose not to attend the organized SCVWS plein air events, we invite Paintsites' artists sketching/painting on their own to 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 painting per member per week, please.

Upcoming Paint sites:

  • Saturday, May 2  - WEEKEND PAINT SITE: Redwood City Civic Center, Redwood City
  • Thursday, MAY 6 - Alum Rock, San Jose 
  • Thursday, MAY 13 - Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton
  • Thursday, MAY 20 - Vasona Park, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, MAY 27 - Santana Row Rooftops, San Jose
For more on the these sites go to Paintsites Detail

Paintsites Member's Artwork and Photos from this Week 

"Vintage Gas Station, SJ History Park" by Valerie

"Water Tower" by Alison

"Old SP Locomotive" by Brad
That's me waving at the engineer just like I used to do
c. 1950 --- that's what everybody did then ~ Brad



"Zanker House" by Jane S.

"Empire Fire House" by Susan B-G.

"A Sentimental Journey" by Caroline
(San Jose History Park Train)

Claudia's watercolor of the lower facade of the
Chinese History Museum

Helen's watercolor of the Nelson-Deluz House at the
SJ History Park

 Vintage pickup truck a the SJ History Park by Lora

"Safeway on 1st Street, Los Altos" by Tanvi

"Yellow Roses" by Dick (painted plein air at the
SJ Heritage Rose Garden, in pen and ink
with a watercolor wash)




Sunday, April 25, 2021

Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP, Morgan Hill, April 22, 2021

Twelve artists celebrated  a gorgeous Earth Day at Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space. Alison, Annie, Brad, Bill,Claudia, Dale, Helen, Jane, Karen, Linda, Monique and Susan were in awe of Mother Earth’s lupine display. According to Open Space Authority, each shoot has purple and white blossoms. The white blossom directs hummingbirds and insects to pollen. The genesis of the name lupine is from “Lupus” the Latin for Wolf. The flower was mischaracterized  as draining “wolf” the soil of nutrients. Lupine is the first plant ( lone wolf) to be established in fire or disturbed areas AND adds nutrients! ~ Alison

Scroll down and enjoy this week’s  photos and artwork posts, details on our plein air safety requirements and upcoming events.   

New: Check out our web site Paintsites Homepage. We updated it to include links to presentations on plein air painting by SCVWS members Dick Zunkel, Uma Kelkar and Edward Rooks. All three links were used as references during the SCVWS Zoom Q&A session on February 28, 2021. 


Paint Site Guidelines

Please 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. Some of the paint sites have visitor limits. When this occurs we will post the information in paint site details on the SCVWS website. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. distancing rule. We no longer take photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo, crop if needed, and submit  to paintsites@scvws.org 


Blog Submission Guidelines

If you choose not to attend the organized SCVWS plein air events, we invite Paintsites' artists sketching/painting on their own to 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 painting per member per week, please.

Upcoming Paint sites:

  • Thursday, April 29 - San Jose History Park, San Jose
  • Saturday, May 2  - WEEKEND PAINT SITE: Redwood City Civic Center, Redwood City
  • Thursday, MAY 6 - Alum Rock, San Jose 
  • Thursday, MAY 13 - Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton
  • Thursday, MAY 20 - Vasona Park, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, MAY 27 - Santana Row Rooftops, San Jose

    For more on the these sites go to Paintsites Detail

Artwork and Photos from this Week's Paint Site at Rancho Cañada del Oro



Panoramic view of the meadow by Brad



Meadow lupines by Helen

Lupines Along OSA Meandering Path by Alison

Earth Day Lupines by Alison

Claudia’s painting of wildflowers in the meadow 

Lupines in the Meadow by Jane S.

Dale crossing lupine

Brad in field of lupine

 Artists along the lupine meandering path

Jane is outstanding in her field (of lupine)




Bill B.'s watercolor of the meadow and the Santa Cruz mountains

Lupin Field by Annie

"I painted these oaks onsite today." ~ Dale

"What a lovely day!" ~ Dale

Lupine by Karen F.

Lupin Trail, by Karen F

Other Paintings by SCVWS Members

"I worked on a yellow bearded iris’ again
(from our day at Nola Iris garden), but in my studio."
by Lora



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Weekend Paint Site: Cummins Iris Garden, Scotts Valley, Saturday, April 17, 2021

 It was a blooming week for Paintsites! We had a beautiful day at Cummins Iris Garden. Dale, newcomer Tiina, Jayne and Alison were joined by the Santa Cruz /Monterey Urban Sketchers leader Anna to paint poppies, tulips, and early blooming irises ~ Alison

New: Check out our web site Paintsites Homepage. We updated it to include links to presentations on plein air painting by SCVWS members Dick Zunkel, Uma Kelkar and Edward Rooks. All three links were used as references during the SCVWS Zoom Q&A session on February 28, 2021.  


See below, for this week's photos and artwork posts, details on our plein air safety requirements and upcoming events.   


Paint Site Guidelines

Please 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. Some of the paint sites have visitor limits. When this occurs we will post the information in paint site details on the SCVWS website. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. distancing rule. We no longer take photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo, crop if needed, and submit  to paintsites@scvws.org 


Blog Submission Guidelines

If you choose not to attend the organized SCVWS plein air events, we invite Paintsites' artists sketching/painting on their own to 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 painting per member per week, please.

Upcoming Events

April 22 – THURSDAY - Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP, Morgan Hill 

April 29 - THURSDAY - San Jose History Park, San Jose

May 2 – WEEKEND PAINT SITE – Redwood City Civic Center, RC

May 6 - THURSDAY PAINT SITE – Alum Rock, SJ

May 13 - THURSDAY PAINT SITE - Holbrook Palmer Park, Athnerton

May 20 - THURSDAY PAINT SITE – Vasona Park, Los Gatos

May 27- THURSDAY PAINT SITE – Santa Row Roof Tops, SJ


Artwork and Photos from Paintsites


One of many special varieties at Cummins Iris Garden

A beautiful multicolored variety
from Cummins Iris Garden

Tiina and Jayne


Alison's watercolor of an iris 

Dale's irises painted at Cummins on Saturday

Dale's watercolor painted from a photo taken at Saturday's paint site

"A View from Cummins' Iris Garden" by Tiina
I attended my first SCVWS Paintsites event today at the Cummins Iris Garden in Scotts Valley.  This was also the first time that I used a new sketchbook from Cottonwood Arts. It turns out that this cold press paper is quite different from Arches which is what I typically use.  I definitely need more practice to learn how watercolors behave on this new surface as it’s much smoother. We enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day at the iris garden surrounded by hundreds of blooms. The Iris farm looks out onto a beautiful view of the fields and woods which inspired my larger sketch ~ Tiina

Tiina's watercolor of a single iris from Cummins' Garden