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Thursday paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites

Thursday, February 1:  Roberto Adobe & Sunol House, 770 Lincoln Ave, San Jose map

The Roberto Adobe, a primitive adobe home, was built in 1836 by Roberto Bellarmino, a Valley Indian who held a responsible position at Mission Santa Clara.  A one-story three-room brick house, the Sunol House, was built in 1847 as an expansion of the adobe which then served as the kitchen. This house may be one of the first brick houses built in California and has been further expanded by successive owners.  The site is now owned by California Pioneers of Santa Clara who opens it to the public each Saturday afternoon.  They are graciously providing a docent just for us to paint on Thursday.

The site is so close to I-280 that you may wish to bring ear plugs or earbuds to dampen the traffic noise.  They have given their permission for us to sketch in the museum inside the house in case of rain.

Directions  From 280 South (driving towards San Jose) take the Meridian North exit, crossing back over the freeway, right on Parkmoor, right on Lincoln, adobe is on the left just south of the freeway.  It is only 50 feet from the edge of the freeway until the left turn through the opened gate into the parking lot.  Please carpool because the parking lot only has room for 10 cars.  Street parking is available on Lincoln Ave near a recycling center and tatoo parlor.

Thursday, February 8, Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose map

We have special permission to paint at the Santana Row shopping center.  This street of colorful 3 story buildings is a replica of a Mediterranean town. There are many stores, outdoor restaurants with bright umbrellas, a wine bar (The Vintage) that looks like a small medieval chapel, a giant chess board, and landscaped curbs. Please sit where you do not block sidewalks or shoppers. This is a big site so meet in front of The Vintage Wine Bar at 10:00 am and meet back there at 1:00 pm to have our lunch.

Directions:  If traveling south on 280, exit at Winchester Blvd, turn left on Moorpark, left on Winchester Blvd, right on Olin Ave, right into parking garage.  To walk to the Vintage Wine Bar, continue walking in the same direction on Olin Ave and turn right on Santa Row Park.

Thursday, February 15, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino map

Link to McClellan Ranch Preserve website

This park was once a working ranch.  There is a meadow rimmed with sycamore trees which border Stevens Creek, plus a tank house, barns, and a replica of an old blacksmith shop.  Chance of showers will not cancel this paintsite because the ranch house has a covered porch, and there is a large covered patio in front of the new Environmental Education Center which provides views of some of the open space and buildings.  We have also reserved the program room in the ranch house which contains some taxidermy birds in cases.

Directions: Take Highway 280 to Cupertino. Exit south on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (De Anza Blvd.) turn right on McClellan. The park is two miles from De Anza Blvd. and is on your right, across from the golf course.

McClellan Ranch by Liz Chang 

“McClellan Ranch Preserve” by Liz Chang

Thursday, February 22, Paint Site or Hike & Sketch at Lands End, 2586 El Camino Del Mar, San Francisco map

We will park at the Eastern Coastal Lookout (site of USS San Francisco Memorial) parking area of Lands End.  There are fine views of the rocky coast, Marin Headlands, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and on a clear day you can see the Farallon Islands.  You may paint the view from near the parking lot or the leaders will lead a hike & sketch along some of the many trails in the area.  If you plan to hike, bring lunch and drinks on the trail, wear sturdy shoes, hat, and layered clothing, and travel light on the art supplies.

Hikers:  The hike will leave Eastern Coastal Lookout parking area at about 10:15 AM, head down the stairs to the Coastal Trail, and then hike east to “Mile Rock Overlook”.  If you plan to hike, please RSVP so we know to expect you.  If your carpool is running late, please phone.  If you arrive after the group has left, you should be able to see us from the parking lot.  Look down the hill and to the right, toward the Golden Gate Bridge.

Restrooms:  There are restrooms with water in the Lands End Parking Lot by the Visitor Center or without water at Eastern Coastal Lookout parking lot.

While not a formal part of the paintsite, you may wish to visit the Legion of Honor while you are at Lands End because it is only 1.5 miles from our parking lot.  “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe”, with a display of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelain, silver, and period costumes from the time of Giacomo Casanova (1725 – 1798) will be on special display on Feb 22.  Separate entry tickets are required for the Casanova exhibit.

Directions to Eastern Coastal Lookout:  Take I-280 North toward San Francisco.  Take exit 47 to merge onto CA-1 S toward Pacifica.  Take exit 508B for CA-35N to Skyline Blvd N.  Merge onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd and drive about 4 miles north.  Turn left onto Great Highway and continue about 3.7 miles.  Continue onto Point Lobos Ave and go 0.4 miles.  (If you want to use the restroom with water at the Lands End Parking Lot, turn left into this lot after driving about 0.3 miles.)  Turn left onto El Camino Del Mar which dead ends at the parking lot.  Carpools highly recommended due to the distance from the Bay Area.

Directions from Eastern Coastal Trail Overlook to Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave:  Head south on El Camino Del Mar and go 0.1 miles.  Turn left onto Seal Rock Dr which changes name to Clement St and go 0.8 miles.  Turn left onto 34th Ave, go 0.4 miles, and the Legion of Honor is on your left.  34th Ave dead ends at El Camino del Mar.  Free parking is available in the small parking lot around the fountain in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.  Please coordinate with others in your carpool whether a visit to the Legion of Honor is part of your trip.

Thursday, March 1:  Heritage Orchard, To Be Determined

We will paint at Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard if the apricot trees are in blossom there.  If they are past peak blossom in Sunnyvale, we will paint at Saratoga Heritage Orchard because it has a longer blooming season due to its variety of flowering trees.  Check the SCVWS website and the Sunday, Feb 25 reminder email for which orchard we selected.

Apricot blossoms by Lisha Wang

"Apricot Blossoms" by Lisha Wang

Thursday, March 8, Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Ave, Morgan Hill, 95037 map

This 348 acre open space preserve has wide open vistas, magnificent oak trees, and serpentine rock outcroppings.  You may paint near the parking lot or hike the Arrowhead Trail.  Hikers may want to stop and paint at the first Scenic Overlook before returning to the parking lot or continue on the Arrowhead Trail Loop to several other overlooks and wider vistas for quick sketches.  It is about .85 miles one way and 140 feet elevation gain to the first overlook, and the total loop is about 4 miles with more elevation gain. Bring your own water because there is no water at the trailhead or at the parking lot.

Directions:  Drive south on 101 toward Morgan Hill.  Take exit 373 for Bailey Ave.  Turn right onto Bailey and drive 0.9 miles.  Turn left onto Santa Teresa Blvd and drive 2.1 miles.  Street changes name to Hale Ave.  Turn right onto Palm Ave and continue 0.7 miles to the end.

Thursday, March 15: Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto 94301 map

A beautiful historical house and garden where there is always something new blooming.

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.  Note that we will share the garden with “Roots and Shoots” until noon so we must stay out of the vegetable garden and the patio area that they are using until noon.  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, March 22, To Be Determined

This is the first paintsite after the official first day of spring.  We are going to pick the location just before March 18 so we can pick the best site for weather, conditions, and blooms.  Check the SCVWS website and the Sunday, March 18 reminder email to see what we decided.

Thursday, March 29, Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills 94022 map

We have received a special invitation to paint plein aire at Hidden Villa again this March.  They want their Thursday visitors, mostly school groups, to quietly observe us carrying on a fine Hidden Villa tradition, “capturing the light and color of our farm and nature areas as it happens, while it happens!”  Hidden Villa’s founder Frank Duveneck’s father was a famous plein aire master of the 1880s.

The site of the beautiful Duveneck home was once a stage coach stop, now it is in a preserve with an organic farm, farm animals, farm implements, and old barns.  After lunch, we will have an opportunity to tour the Duveneck home. It is a lovely home which contains a couple of Duveneck paintings.

Directions: Interstate 280 to Los Altos Hills. From 280 take the Moody/El Monte turn off and go south on El Monte past the Foothill college entrance.  At the next stop sign turn left and follow Moody Road for 1.7 miles to the entrance on the left.  Pass the small parking lots near the entrance and continue to the main parking lot.  Because we are their invited guests, the usual $10 parking fee is optional.


  Weekend Paintsites 

Saturday, March 31, Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills 94022     Link            map

Here's your chance to finish your Thursday painting or join our weekend painters at this especially beautiful and interesting site. See the listing above for information and directions.




 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.