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Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, May 17: Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint at Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, 95060 map

We are rescheduling a trip that was rained out in January.  As of May 12 the forecast for May 17 is mostly sunny, high 58F, winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.  This sounds like it will be pretty but cold and windy.  Think of how cold it was at Lands End and bring warm layers to keep warm.

You may paint historic ranch buildings or the scenic coastline.  Several restored buildings once belonging to the Wilder family are preserved. The site was originally the main rancho supplying Santa Cruz Mission later becoming a successful dairy ranch. Surrounding grounds include Victorian homes, gardens, and historic adobe, old stables and garage, so lots of subject matter for those who want to paint here. The visitor center and store are scheduled to be open while we are there.

For those wishing to paint the coastline and ocean it is about a 2/3 mile hike from the parking lot to the first beach overlook.  We will observe our usual hike and sketch format of sketching for 20-30 minutes, walking farther for another fine view of the coastline, sketching again, etc.  Bring lunch and drinks on the trail, wear sturdy shoes, hat that can handle wind, and layered clothing, and travel light on the art supplies.  We will hike a mostly flat 2.5 mile loop starting with the Old Cove Landing Trail.

Directions: Take Highway 17 to Santa Cruz.  Turn north on Highway 1 and drive about 3.8 miles.  Turn left on Coast Road at the sign to Wilder Ranch State Park.  There is a $10 vehicle day-use fee. Carpools recommended due to distance from Bay Area and day use fee.

 Wilder Ranch Cliff View

“Wilder Ranch coastline” by Candy Yu

Thursday, May 24, Cooper-Garrod Vineyards, 22645 Garrod Rd, Saratoga map

Vineyards, wine tasting barn, winery equipment, stables, and horses.  They are both a working horse ranch and a winery, so please be respectful of folks and your subjects by setting up out of the way of cars, tractors, people, and horses.

Directions: From Hwy 85 take De Anza Blvd. exit and go south for 1 mile; right on Pierce Rd for 1.8 miles; right on Mt Eden Rd for 1 mile; right on Garrod Rd for about 0.1 mile.  Watch for signs for Garrod Farms, Wine Tasting and Stables.

Thursday, May 31, Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave, Atherton map

A beautiful 22 acre city park with gardens, fountain, and two very impressive architectural structures, the carriage house and the water tower.  This is a new location for us.

Directions: From 101 north take exit 406 for Hwy 84 E/Marsh Road, turn left onto Marsh Rd and go 1.3 miles, turn left on Middlefield Rd and go 0.1 miles, turn right on Watkins Rd, go 0.3 miles, and the park is on your left.

Thursday, June 7: Oak Meadow Park, 233 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos map

This 12 acre park contains the miniature Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and the Bill Mason Carousel which both will be open for rides.  The park also contains miniature railroad station, sheds, creek, bridge, and children’s playground which includes an old airplane.  It is adjacent to Vasona Lake County Park with its creek, lake, trees, etc.  We will meet at the railroad station.

Directions: Take Highway CA-17 towards Los Gatos. Take exit 20B for CA-9 towards Saratoga and go 0.2 miles. Turn right on University Avenue and go 0.5 miles. Turn right on Blossom Hill Road and take an immediate left into the small Oak Meadow Park parking lot.  Or go another 500 feet on Blossom Hill Rd, turn left into Vasona Park, park in the first parking lot, and walk across the creek to the railroad.  There is a fee to park in either parking lot. There is also free street parking along University Ave.

Thursday, June 14, Frederick’s Field, Special Start time 9:30 AM, Almaden Valley

Frederick’s Field is a lavender farm at a private residence located in the rolling hills of Almaden Valley with beautiful views of lavender, fruit trees, and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

We have a special start time of 9:30 AM because the Almaden Valley has a reputation of being warm and because there is little shade at prime viewing locations.

Because this is a private residence with limited parking, this paintsite is limited to the first 25 SCVWS members who send email to saying they wish to attend.  We will gather at a large parking lot a couple of miles away and consolidate into fewer cars to drive to the lavender farm.

If you would like to attend but have time constraints which make it impossible for you to carpool from the park and ride lot, send email and we will work out arrangements so that you can attend.

Directions:  This paintsite is located in the hills above the intersection of Almaden Expressway and Camden Avenue.  When we receive your email that you are attending, we will send detailed instructions including directions and map.

Frederick's Field by Lois Stevens 

 “Frederick’s Field” by Lois Stevens

Thursday, June 21: Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto 94301 map

A beautiful historical house and garden where there is always something new blooming.  We were rained out when we scheduled paintsites here in March.  Hopefully we will get good weather in June.

Keep on garden paths, do not set up on brick or tile areas, do not block pathways, no disposal of waste water on property, and clean brushes off-site.  Avoid places where planting or other group activity is in progress.  Use a protective tarp or plastic to cover all counters and raised bed structures, tables, and benches used.  Here are their rules for artists:

Link to Guidelines for Artists

Directions:  From 280, exit on Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. Go east on Page Mill for approximately 3 miles, crossing El Camino.  After the underpass, turn left on Waverley Street. Continue on Waverley to Churchill Avenue. Gamble Garden is in the next block, on the right. Please use one of the parking lots, entering from Waverley Street or from Churchill Avenue.

From 101, exit on Embarcadero Road West towards Stanford University. Go west on Embarcadero for approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth stop light, turn left onto Waverley Street. Please park in the parking lot on the left.

Thursday, June 28: Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint at Uvas Canyon CP, 8515 Croy Rd, Morgan Hill map

We will be painting on the one mile “Waterfall Loop” that visits a series of waterfalls.  The waterfalls are fed by springs, and the ranger tells us they should still have water flowing in June.  The loop has a 500 ft. gain in elevation and some spots are steep, so wear good hiking boots and travel light on the art supplies.  Because there is limited prime viewing location at each waterfall, we will hike in small groups. Due to the distance from the Bay Area, carpooling is encouraged.

Directions: From 101 south, exit on Bailey Road and go west about 3 miles. Turn left onto McKean Road which becomes Uvas Road and drive about 6 miles.  Turn right onto Croy Rd and continue 4.4 miles through the community of Sveadal to the park entrance.

  Weekend Paintsites  

June 9, Frederick's Field, Almaden Valley   Just in time for the Lavender harvest!

Special start time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm Link

We are returning to Frederick’s Field a private residence located in the rolling hills of Almaden Valley with lavender, fruit trees, and beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We have a special start time of 9:30am because the Almaden Valley can be warm and there is little shade at prime viewing locations on the property.

This is a private residence with limited parking. The paintsite is limited to the first 25 SCVWS members who send an email to saying they wish to attend.

Directions: This paintsite is located in the hills above the intersection of Almaden Expressway and Camden Avenue. When we receive your email that you are attending, we will send detailed instructions including directions and map.


 General Information

The usual start time for the paint sites is flexible.  The organizers will be there from around 10:00 a.m. and will always carry cell phones (numbers in Member Directory for Marilyn Perry, Brad Santos, Jane Saltman) if you have trouble locating the group at the site.  Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site.  After lunch we share our paintings and pictures are taken (if desired) for posting on the paintsite blog.

In case of rain or other unforeseen events:  Cancellation will be announced on and on the home page by 8 AM on the day of the event.  Cancellation will also be announced by email to members, but the timing of SCVWS paintsite email cannot be guaranteed.