Paintsite Details

Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

General Information

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Thursday Paintsites

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.

Thursday, July 5:  Rengstorff House at Shoreline Park, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mtn View map

This beautifully restored Italianate mansion is Mountain View's oldest historic house. It is surrounded by lawns and nearby are a sailing lake, wetlands, and bird sanctuary.

While not a formal part of the paintsite, you may also wish to visit “The Foster”, a museum containing watercolors by Tony Foster.  It is highly recommended by some of our regulars, located 3 miles from our paintsite near the intersection of 101 and Rengstorff Ave, admission is free, weekday hours are 10 am – 5 pm.

Directions to Rengstsorff House: Take 101 to Mtn View.  For northbound US101 drivers, to avoid the usual heavy congestion on Shoreline Blvd, take Exit 400A, Amphitheatre Parkway. For southbound US101 drivers, take the Rengstorff Avenue exit and turn right onto Rengstorff which becomes Amphitheatre.  For all drivers, drive about .7 mile on Amphitheatre Parkway, turn left onto Shoreline Blvd, and drive 1.3 miles to Shoreline Park. Turn left into the Rengstorff House Parking lot immediately after you have crossed a bridge and passed the house on your left.

Directions from Rengstorff House to The Foster, 940 Commercial St, Palo Altomap

Return the way you came on Shoreline Blvd and go 1.3 miles, turn right onto Amphitheatre Parkway and go 0.7 miles, continue onto Rengstorff Ave and go 0.4 miles, turn right onto N. Rengstorff Ave and go 0.1 miles, turn left onto E. Charleston Rd, and go 0.4 miles, turn right onto Commercial St and go 0.1 miles and The Foster will be on the right.  Street parking or you may park in the lot behind the building.


 Rengstorff House by Liz Siegel

“Rengstorff House” by Liz Siegel

Thursday, July 12: Maison du Lac (private estate), 23107 Summit Rd, Los Gatos map

We have permission to paint at a beautiful private estate in the Santa Cruz mountains.  This 20 acre estate has three ponds, a beautiful home, amazing flower gardens, vegetable garden, redwood trees, and sculptures.  Brad will coordinate this paintsite.

Directions: Take Highway 17 into the Santa Cruz Mountains, exit at Summit Rd, turn right to go east on Summit Rd, drive about 2 miles, and turn left on Trail Ridge.  If you see Christ Child Catholic Church you have gone too far and missed Trail Ridge.  Go only a short way on Trail Ridge, and the parking lot for Maison du Lac is on your right.

Thursday, July 19: East Bay Location To Be Announced

We will check the weather forecast before we announce our July 19 location.  We will paint at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont if the weather is hot or at an inland East Bay location if not.  We will announce our decision in the Sunday July 15 reminder email.

Thursday, July 26: "Senior Safari Walkabout" at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose's Kelley Park map

There is a special start time for this paintsite - 9:00 AM - at which time both parking and admission to the Zoo are free for 'seniors' (50+).    (Seniors get in free from 9:00 – 10:00 AM and can stay for the day.)    For those not yet fortunate enough to be a 'senior', the Zoo opens for general admission at 10:00 AM.   Admission costs $14.25, parking costs $10.00. Once in, we will be able to sketch the animals and the Park's other attractions and even ride the carousel.

For those not fortunate enough to be a ‘senior’, note that the adjacent Japanese Friendship Garden is an option, but several of the ponds remain empty due to last year’s flood damage.

Directions:  Please park in the old parking lot on Senter Road, NOT the new parking lot on Story.  Seniors get free parking in the Senter lot, and there are nice picnic areas there.

From 101 take Story Road west, left on Senter Road and pass the park on the left, U-turn at Phelan Ave, and continue back on Senter.  From 280 exit at 10th/11th streets, follow signs to Spartan Stadium, left on Phelan, left on Senter.  In both cases you will first come to parking lot for Friendship Garden on the right, then the parking lot for zoo on the right.

  Weekend Paintsites  

July 21: Murphy Street Sunnyvale and Farmers Market 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Meet at the corner of Historic Murphy Ave and Washington Street by the archway.

The Sunnyvale Farmers' Market  held Saturdays year round from 9am - 1pm features t local fruits and vegetables, fresh ranch eggs, bakery items, fresh cut flowers, fresh locally caught fish, local handcrafts, and the sounds of local musicians. A delight for all your senses!

Bonus! We will be joining South Bay Sketchers and in the spirit the 60th World Wide Sketchcrawlers' event.

Free Parking : Closest parking found in lots on Francis and Sunnyvale Aves. or in Macy's or Target's Parking lots.
CALTRAIN: Sunnyvale Station--easy access to market.


 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.