Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society

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SCVWS offers its members the opportunity to paint and/or sketch at outdoor sites in the company of other members. This was the original purpose for the formation of the Society forty years ago and the tradition has been maintained over the years resulting in a huge inventory of wonderful paint sites. These include historic houses, barns and churches, private gardens and public parks, lakes, streams, woodlands, mountains, the Bay, boat yards, the beach, etc., etc.

The sites are generally easy to access, have toilet facilities, and shade. They are also chosen seasonally to take advantage of blossom times or fall colors.

Princeton Harbor artists
SCVWS plein air painters at
Forbes Mill, Los Gatos

Thursday Morning Group
We meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month all year round. We also add in occasional extras such as visits to exhibits and our Hike and Sketch events.

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Hike and Sketch
The Hike and Sketch events are fun trips involving some gentle hiking to sketch from vantage points not normally visited on the regular paint sites. Recently we have hiked and sketched at Sunol, Calero, Coyote Hills, and Fremont Older. Members can join the paintsites email list to be advised of these extra events, which do not always appear in the newsletter.
Coyote Pt Waddell
Coyote Point - by Sylvia Waddell
Coyote Pt Santos
Coyote Point - by Brad Santos

It's important to know....Start time at each paint site is flexible unless indicated. The organizers will be there from around 10:00 a.m. Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site, so any time that you can arrive is OK. If the paint site is large, for example, the San Jose Historical Museum or a street venue, it is recommended that you call one of the organizers, so that a specific meeting place can be arranged. Sylvia and Jenny always carry their cell phones (numbers below) to the Thursday sites. Also, be sure to call ahead if the weather looks uncertain, particularly in winter.

Contact the organizers:
Sylvia Waddell
 408-341-5444 (cell)
Jenny Tero
408-799-2576 (cell)

Sunol Cows
Castillo Winery - by Dick Zunkel

Guadaupe Hike and Sketch by Mary Paquet


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About the Paintsite Blog
If you would like to see what you have missed already this year and find out how much fun we're having check out our blog. All paintsite participants are welcome to have their art posted to the blog.

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Visit the paintsite blog.

Please contact Sylvia Waddell for more information.

Weekend Paint Sites

We are excited to announce that Weekend Plein Air painting is back!

We know many of you, who work during the week, would love to go out painting in the company of other artists, so we are restarting the Weekend Paintsites. The event will be held once a month on the third Saturday of each month.  Led by Rajit Chandra, the first session was held on October 20th at the Wildwood Park in Saratoga. Rajit would try sometimes to go the same Weekend Paintsites as the previous Thursday’s, so that anyone wishing to finish their paintings can come to the weekend group. At other times the group would explore new venues. Rajit loves painting and started plein air painting in India and later painted in and around London, England (also Paris and Bordeaux, France) while a doctoral student and later faculty at London University. He enjoys the wide variety of land and seascapes in the Bay Area and is looking forward to being able to go out painting with others over the weekends.  Details on the paint sites and how to join the group will be posted in the SCVWS Newsletter. Rajit would like to have someone as a backup on occasions when he is out of town or unable to be at the site, anybody interested in this role please contact him at

Weekend Group
Meeting one Saturday each month.
Contact the organizer:
Rajit Chandra
408-472-8739 (C)
Hayes Mansion by Paul Barnett
Hayes Mansion - by Paul Barnett

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