Sunday, July 22, 2012

San Jose History Museum, Thursday July 5th 2012

NEWS: Paint-out artist Mike Rogan won first prize in the Santa Clara Art Association Member Show for his painting of the Niles Train Depot based on a Paint-Out sketch.   That painting and some others will be hung in the Los Altos Main Street Cafe, 138 Main St., Los Altos, through July so stop by and take a look.

Uma Kelkar
The lone engine was calling out to be sketched! Some trees and all of the smoke are made up. It was the history park after all…
To be able to paint on a weekday(still on maternity leave) among other artists who were within a stone’s throw is so energizing. You don’t realize that you were energized at the plein air session until you come home and then feel like plopping – happily drained. Uma

Marilyn Perry
I selected this very green house as my painting subject from the website that the paintsites coordinators mentioned for the beauty of the house and the fact that it was the home of Andrew P. Hill, the photographer and artist who led the effort to save the redwoods trees and create the first California State Park, Big Basin. Marilyn

Caroline Garborino
My cousin, the family historian, said that A.P. Giannini, founder of the Bank of Italy and Bank of America, was my paternal grandfathers' uncle. My maternal grandmother worked at O'Brien's Ice Cream Parlor, and my dad's shop machinery is in the Trolley Barn. I was on a mission to find my family that day. We've been San Joseans since the mid-nineteenth century and it was a heartfelt reunion. Caroline

Brad Santos

The San Jose History Museum in Kelly Park is a wonderful collection of old (some genuinely historical) homes, buildings and machinery.     The general layout of the park and the 1915 SP locomotive I painted that afternoon reminded me of my old beloved HO gauge train set --- so I couldn't resist adding a hand (mine) gently placing the locomotive on its siding in the little make-believe park. Brad

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Allied Arts, Menlo Park, June 21st 2012

Allied Arts is always a beautiful place to paint and on this day we had a record turnout for a paintsite with 25 artists! Here we are all having lunch.

Caroline Garborino

I felt the Allied Arts garden entrance made an intriguing metaphor for self-discovery. The event was enchanting! Thanks again for a fantasy paint out.  Caroline

Leslie Grimm
There was so much to choose from at this beautiful site.  I chose one of the large urns near the entrance. A few years ago the urns were covered with ivy, but the head gardener, Kathleen, removed the ivy and landscaped around them.  The big-leaf green plants are called Winter-blooming Vergenia (if I spelled that right).  A few of them still had there dark pink blossoms even though winter was over.  Leslie

Anna Jacke

Uma Kelkar

Mary Paquet

"My third painting is of some of the lovely flowers near the fountain.  I used quite a bit of color on these white flowers to suggest the shadows and texture of the petals."
Another great day of painting with friends. Mary

Dick Zunkel