Sunday, April 11, 2021

David C. Daniels Nature Center, Skyline Open Space Preserve, Redwood City, Thursday, April 8, 2021. Week 53.

Lora, Jane, Monique, Newcomer Karen, Lorraine, and Alison had time to reflect at Alpine Pond located at the David Daniels Nature Center in the Skyline Nature Preserve.

We were serenaded by Redwing Blackbirds and Wild Turkeys. Upon reflection water reflections can be a challenge!

~Alison 


A short survey relating to the planning of Paintsites was sent out to members earlier this week. We would appreciate if you could take some time to fill it out and help plan for the coming year. Thanks,

Jane Saltman 

Paintsites Coordinator


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 15 – Nola’s Iris Garden, San Jose
  • Saturday, April 17 – WEEKEND PAINT SITE: Cummins Iris Garden, Scotts Valley
  • Thursday, April 22 – Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP, Morgan Hill
  • Thursday, April 29 - San Jose History Park, San Jose

    For more on the these sites go to Paintsites Detail

Artwork and Photos from this Week's Paint Site, Skyline Open Space Preserve

Lora's watercolor of Alpine Pond, near the Nature
Center at Skyline MROS

Lorraine getting ready to paint the 'grinding stone', once
used by the Native Americans inhabiting the area

Lorraine's watercolor of the 'grinding stone' and the
surrounding boulders

Alison painting near Alpine Pond

Alison's painting of the reflections on Alpine Pond

Lora and Alison walking through the tunnel connecting 
Russian Ridge and Skyline Preserves

David C. Daniels Nature Preserve on Alpine Pond 

"Soujourn at Alpine Pond" by Caroline

Our turkey companion, not interested in painting though

"Alpine Pond" by Jane S.

New Paintsites member Karen F. painting at Alpine Pond


Other Artwork by Paintsites Members 


"Poppies" by Dick, painted plein air at the Pearson
Arastradero Open Space Preserve, Palo Alto


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, Thursday April 1, 2021. Week 52

No fooling around today! We were lucky to catch the wisteria in bloom.  It was so  nice to see the return of the (masked) faces of Carmela, Linda and Masuko! Jayne, Claudia, Lora, Monique, Cindy, Jane, Helen and Alison  enjoyed the wisteria blooms! ~ Alison

Scroll down for 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 8 –  Daniels Nature Center/ Alpine Pond at Skyline Preserve, RC
    Thursday, April 15 – Nola’s Iris Garden, San Jose
    Saturday, April 17 – WEEKEND PAINT SITE: Cummins Iris Garden, Scotts Valley
    Thursday, April 22 – Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP, Morgan Hill
    Thursday, April 29 - San Jose History Park, San Jose

    For more on the these sites go to Paintsites Details


    Artwork and Photos from this Week's Paint Site

    Love Temple in the Italianate Garden by Jane S.

    "It was a wonderful day to be there." ~ Jayne

    Historic Villa

    Cindy

    Claudia

    Carmela

    Painters on the veranda

    Wisteria in bloom

    "Wise Women under the ramada" ~ Alison

    Lovely plein air paintings

    More lovely plein air paintings

    Front facade by Alison

    Wisteria by Alison

    "I sketched on site, painted from a photo at home." ~ Linda N.

    Wisteria by Claudia

    "It felt like a true spring day." ~ Lora



    Other Artwork by Paintsites Members

    SJ History Museum's Umbarger House, Iris Adornment
    by Caroline

    "Plain air at Santa Teresa county park.  Mustard covers the slopes" ~ Indira


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Santa Clara Central Park, Thursday, March25, 2021. Week51

Jane, Claudia, Lora, Monique, Marnie, Bobbi, and I met at the Santa Clara Central Park on a moody morning. The park was full of activity -busy birds and tiles. It’s  fun to hear kids on the school playgrounds! ~Alison

Scroll down for 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 1 – Villa Montalvo, Saratoga

     Thursday, April 8 –  Daniels Nature Center/ Alpine Pond at Skyline Preserve, RC

     Thursday, April 15 – Nola’s Iris Garden, San Jose

     Saturday, April 17 – WEEKEND PAINT SITE: Cummins Iris Garden, Scotts Valley

     Thursday, April 22 – Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP, Morgan Hill

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

    For more on the these sites go to Paintsites Details


    Artwork and Photos from this Week's Paint Site


    "Gauging from blooming times in the past years the wisteria
    should have been in full bloom. Oh well, I'm glad I bought 
    along my artistic license" ~Jane

  • Wisteria by Jane S


    Lora sketching near the pond

    "Keeping company with our web footed friends" ~Alison

    Canada goose by Claudia L

    Bobbi's watercolor sketch the pond at SC Central
    Park

Other Artwork by Paintsites Members


Santa Teresa County Park by Indira

Fishing in Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz by Dick (plein air)



Sunday, March 14, 2021

Saratoga and Sunnyvale Heritage Orchards, Week 50 March 7 to 13, 2021

We had eight bundled painters at the Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard on a cool cloudy day. Jane, Tanvi, Claudia, Caroline, Susan BG, Monique, Alison welcomed the return of Lorraine! Photos from the March 7 weekend paintsite are included in this blog. These words were displayed on a sign at the Sunnyvale paintsite: 

No brush can paint the picture

No pen can describe the sight 

That one can be found in April

in the Valley of Heart's Delight

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

  • Thursday March 18, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose
  • Registration is Open for 53rd Annual Show
Artwork and photos from paintsites

Weekend paintsites resumed after a yearlong break. It was fun to ketchup and relish in the mustard with Bobbi, Claudia, Jayne, Helen C, Helen and Alison

The orchard was in bloom on a bright and sunny Sunday at the Saratoga Heritage Orchard

Saratoga Orchard on a bright and sunny day


Claudia

Two Helens

Jayne's painting

Claudia's plein air sketch 

Claudia's sketch completed at home

Lora's studio painting from her plein air sketch


Alison's painting at Saratoga Orchard

Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard paintsite.



Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard under cloudy skies

Tanvi and Claudia at the Murphy House Gardens

Caroline by the garden

Fruit trees beginning to leaf out.

Alison's painting at the Sunnyvale site

Claudia's painting of the small barn at Sunnyvale

Jane S. painting of flowering apricot trees at Sunnyvale

Sue B.G. sketchbook painting at Sunnyvale

Caroline's painting of blooming trees at Sunnyvale

Artwork from members at home or other paintsites.

Indira's painting "Wait for Spring"


"Spirit of the Forties" by Dick, plein air pen and ink with watercolor wash
at San Jose History Park


We were pleased to have submissions from Uma Kelkar painting
 at Wilder Ranch and Santa Cruz

Uma at work, painting large

Santa Cruz and Wilder Ranch collection

Uma's painting from Wilder Ranch

Uma's Santa Cruz painting