Sunday, January 28, 2018

Weekend paintsites, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, San Jose January 27, 2018

We had a record turnout of six artists including a "first timer!"  We now have celebrity artists!  Bernal Park staff was making a video about how park space can be enjoyed. They filmed Uma and Cindy painting and panned on Helen and the other painters.  The video will posted  on the Santa Clara County Park site.

Park website

A young art critic chats with Weekend Paintsite Leader Alison

Alison's painting of the barn.

Uma, veteran "Urban Sketcher" at work.

So much for privacy.

Uma's sketch of the barn

Uma'a sketch of another artist.

Helen's sketch of an artist at work.

Another of Helen's sketches.

Helen's painting of the barn.

Annie's painting of the landscape and farm house.

Cindy's work in progress

Video crew

We are famous!
Marilyn's painting of barn

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Historic Downtown Campbell, Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thanks to our great weather forecaster and Paintsites co-coordinator Marilyn, we were able to squeeze in at least four hours of painting before it rained in downtown Campbell. We are also grateful to the Campbell Avenue Starbucks for letting us monopolize their outdoor seating for some great views of the town's classic architecture and the historic 130 ft. high water tower.

For more information about downtown Campbell see:

Upcoming paintsites: See the SCVWS website or January and February Newsletters for details.

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018: Charleston Slough, Mt. View
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018: Roberto Adobe and Sunol House, San Jose
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018: Santana Row, San Jose
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018: Paintsites Hike and Sketch, Lands End, San Francisco

The Paintsites crew at downtown Campbell

John, Helen and Marilyn

Ling and Iris

Lisha and Salinda wearing matching hats

Susan B-G and Annie

Dick's painting of downtown Campbell 

John's watercolor sketch of the water tower

John's watercolor of downtown architecture

Downtown Campbell shoppers painted by John

Marilyn's watercolor of the Campbell water tower

Marilyn's sketch of the town's Water Co. bldg

Iris's watercolor painted outside Starbucks cafe

Lisha's view of downtown Campbell

Salinda's painting of Palazzi's salon and the water tower

Downtown Campbell by Susan B-G

View of Campbell water tower by Susan B-G

Downtown Campbell by Annie

Sketches of artists at work by Annie

Annie's sketch of Elaine and her faithful Border Collie

Tanvi's painting of downtown Campbell

Toni's closeup of the water tower

Toni's painting of the local auto parts business

Jane's painting of a Paintsites artist

Jane's watercolor of downtown Campbell

Alan's view of the Campbell's water tower

Helen's quick sketch of the water tower

Helen's second painting

Elaine's view of downtown Campbell

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose, Thursday, January 11, 2018

This was the first time in recent memory that the paintsite artists painted at the same location on consecutive Thursdays.  Emma Prusch Farm Park was a wonderful place to visit again because there is so much subject material: 3 large barns plus other buildings, the original Prusch family farm house, geese, peafowl, pigs, sheep, many chickens, farm equipment, view of the Diablo Range.  It also has very easy access from both Highways 101 and I-280.  The artists seemed to say it was OK to return to a good site, because most of the artists who painted there on Jan 4 returned to paint again on Jan 11.

For more information about the park see:

Upcoming Paintsites:   See the SCVWS website or the January Newsletter for details.  

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018:  Downtown Campbell
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018:  Charleston Slough, Mt. View
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018:  Roberto Adobe and Sunol House, San Jose
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018:  Santana Row, San Jose
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018: McClellan Ranch Preserve, Cupertino
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018: Paintsite & Hike and Sketch, Lands End, San Francisco

Kaaren's painting of one of the barns plus figures plus chickens

Lisha's painting of the Prusch family farm house plus chickens


Candy, Lisha, and Ling

Susan B-G plus goose and chicken

Salinda's portrait of a rooster

Dick's portrait of a rooster

Marilyn's portrait of a rooster

Iris painted two chickens

Elaine G painted three chickens

Elaine G painted a tractor with her rooster

Susan B-G bucked the trend by painting peacocks

Candy's two page spread of goose, duck, chickens,
artists, and children

Candy's painting of artist and goose

Candy's painting of two pigs

Leslie painted this ram who was very comfortable relaxing on the picnic
table.  After a while he left, but then he returned to the exact same spot.
She included a rooster.

Leslie's tombow drawing of windmill

Cindy's two page spread of a tree

The artists are socializing after lunch.