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 

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 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


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

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