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 

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 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




    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

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