Paintsite Details

Thursday paintsites

Weekend (Saturday) paintsites

We are resuming our plein air paintsites project! To keep our members and guests as safe as possible during the COVID-19 era, we must change how we do things. Some of our sites have limited visitor requirements. When they do, we will post this information in the paintsite detail with instructions. Participants must wear masks and observe the 6 ft. rule. We will not be taking photos of paintings on site. Please take your own photo and submit to according to our submission guidelines.

Take a digital photo of your painting and crop it as you would like it to appear.




Thursday August 13: Los Alamitos Creek Trail San Jose 95120 Map

The Los Alamitos Creek trail is a part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail system. Paintsites will be meeting at the south and quiet end of the trail.  Feel free to hike and sketch or set up off trail in the well shaded areas.

Directions: From Los Gatos take CA-85 S, exit Almaden Exp. and south on Almaden Exp. to the end of the road. Turn left on Harry Rd. Take the first left on Grandwood. Take the first on Carrywood. Turn left on Royalwood and park. NO FACILITIES. 

Restrooms are located at nearby Rancho Vincente Entrance to Calero County Park or Greystone Park. 

Thursday, August 20: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Road Cupertino 95014 map

Barn MaClellan Ranch Preserve

Plenty of shade available at the ranch house, has a covered porch, and a large covered patio in front of the new Environmental Education Center with views of the open space and other buildings.

McClellan Ranch Preserve used to be a horse ranch owned by the McClellan family in the 1930s and 40s.  It preserves the original ranch house, a working milk barn and livestock barn.  The old water tower was moved to McClellan Ranch from another Cupertino site.  The park contains Cupertino Community Gardens, beehives, a natural reserve, and a trail that runs beside Stevens Creek.  The old ranch house houses the headquarters of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Bird friendly plants are growing around the ranch house, and bird feeders attract more birds, and the air is filled with the songs of many birds. 

Directions: Take Highway 280 to Cupertino. Exit south on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (De Anza Blvd.) turn right on McClellan Road. The Preserve is two miles from De Anza Blvd. and is on your right, overflow parking is available nearby.

Weekend Paintsites to continue "virtual"

Weekenders, join in the fun and submit a photo of your painting each week for the blog. See the guidelines above and submit a photo your plein air (preferred) painting to 



 General Information

The usual start time for the paint sites is flexible.  The organizers will be there from the posted start time. Alison Turner is our temporary leader. Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site.  If COVID restrictions are not in place, then after lunch we will share our paintings. Artists who wish to have a photo of their painting on the paintsites blog are asked to take the digital photo themselves, crop, and email to

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.

Be aware that government COVID-19 restrictions are subject to change at any time. Always check the Society website and your email before venturing out to a paintsite.