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 Thursday Paintsites Details

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The usual start time for Thursday paint sites is flexible. The organizers are usually there at 10 AM. 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. For Weekend paint site start times please check specific site details below. 

In case of rain or other unforeseen events: Cancellation will be announced on http://www.scvws.org/ 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 paint site email cannot be guaranteed. Always check the Society website and your email before venturing out to a paintsite. Also check this site for rain dates, rescheduled paint sites cancelled due to inclement weather.

Pandemic Guidelines for scheduled Paintsites events :  

Please refer to State of California Pandemic Guidelines for the latest protocols:



All attendees must wear a face mask and maintain 6' distancing between others if participating in our group discussions or demos.  

Paintsites Blog/Facebook Private Group Status

The Paintsites Blog is no longer being published. We are exploring alternative forums that require less time to administrate but still offer Paintsites members an opportunity to share their amazing artwork.  For the time being we have chosen to transition to a Facebook private group located on the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Facebook page.  

Paintsites acknowledges and appreciates all contributing bloggers' time and energy supporting this weekly publication. With special thanks to Brad Santos, Sylvia Waddell and Dick Zunkel who started the blog, and to Marilyn Perry, Jane Saltman, and Annie Haines who graciously continued the blog for the past few years. The blog served as a wonderful resource to record and share paint site events.  

With FB private group you will be able to post your own photos from a paint site including your artwork plus comments/feedback on yours and fellow artists' work. Your private posts will only be shared with invited members. 

For the time being, past blog postings will be accessible, and if necessary, will be archived and available through the SCVWS members-only section.

How to Join Paintsites Facebook Private Group

NOTE: you must be a member of the SCVWS and be attending paint sites to join this FB private group. For site schedule, time changes, cancellations and guidelines and other important notices, please check this details page regulartly.

Note that the SCVWS website and Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Facebook are completely different sites.

To Join the FB private group send a request to Paintsites@scvws.org and you will be sent an invite, then accept the invite.  To begin posting to the SCVWS FB private group, go to the  Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Facebook page, click on more, then groups and then you will see the Paintsites private group. For further questions contact Paintsites@scvws.org  

Thursday, September 29: Lands End Lookout Visitor Center, 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco  Maps

To celebrate World Maritime Day, we are travelling to Lands End in San Francisco and the renovated parking lot and visitor center with views of Sutro Bath Ruins.  Paint the view from near the parking lot or 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.


Directions : 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. Turn left onto El Camino Del Mar which dead ends at the Merrie Way parking lot. The Merrie Way parking area is located just east of the Cliff House and west of the cross streets of Point Lobos Avenue (very west end of Geary Blvd.), and El Camino del Mar.

Thursday, October 6, 2022:  Queens Pumpkin Patch, 12985 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga  map


Join us at the Queens Pumpkin Patch in Saratoga. In addition to pumpkins, the "urban farm" has a petting zoo and Halloween decorations.

Directions: From Hwy 85 Exit Saratoga Avenue. Located between Cox Ave and Hwy 85 _____________________________________________________________

Thursday, October 13: Pigeon Point Lighthouse, 210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero map


Pigeon Point lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, was first put into service in 1872. Its first-order Fresnel lens which is 16 ft tall and weighs 2000 pounds is now on display in the Fog signal building. the lighthouse is still active, now using a vega marine rotating beacon.  The visitor center is open 10am-4pm. the coastal areas surrounding the point are rich with life, birds and marine mammals.  Artists may paint from the lighthouse grounds or get a more distant view from one of several viewing locations about 1/2 to 2 miles south along the coast. We will meet at the lighthouse parking lot at 10am, then head off to desired painting location by hiking or in car pools.

Directions: From the north, drive south on Highway 1 either 21 miles from Highway 92 or 10 miles from Highway 84. turn right on Pigeon Point road and go 0.2 miles. From the south, drive north for 27 miles on Highway 1 from Highway 17. turn left on Pigeon Point road and go 0.2 miles. 


Thursday, October 20:  Guglielmo Winery Morgan Hill,1480 E Main Avenue, Morgan Hill  Map

Special start time 11 am

Guglielmo Winery has opened their grounds to us. This family operated winery has been in operation since 1925. Established by family patriarch, Emilio Guglielmo, (gool-yell-mo).  Today the winemaking and daily operations remain in the hands of the third and fourth generation family members!  Your visit is welcomed and you will fall in love with the winery, the award-winning wines and the warmth of the Guglielmo family. Note the start time is 11 am.

If you would like to schedule wine tasting:



Directions:  From Los Gatos, take CA-85 S (11.2 mi). Merge onto US-101 S, go 8 mi, take exit 367 for Cochrane Rd. Go .5 mi. Go left on Cochrane Rd, go .5mi and turn rt. on Mission View Dr., go .6mi, turn right on Half Rd, .3mi, turns slightly left and becomes Condit Rd, .4mi. Turn left on E Main Ave, .4mi, then right on restricted usage road. Restrooms available.


Thursday, October 27: Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside map



Wunderlich Park is a hillside area of redwood forest, open meadows, and beautiful oaks and madrones that will hopefully have fall colors. This area was donated to the County by Martin Wunderlich. It contains what was once the Folger family ranch, and the estate stable and surrounding buildings have been restored to provide a historic treasure to the community. Originally belonging to the Folger family (of Folgers Coffee fame), this estate was used as a country getaway. The Folger Estate site remains an enchanting example of the bygone "great estates" era. Fully renovated in 2010, the 1903 Folger property was designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., in partnership with Henry Schulze. Later in his career, Brown gained fame for his work on Coit Tower, the War Memorial Opera House, and City Hall in San Francisco. There are other buildings including a dairy house.  In the rare chance that it is wet, we can sketch inside the Carriage Room Museum.

Directions: From Highway 280, exit Woodside Road (Highway 84) and turn westbound (towards Woodside). Proceed approximately 4 miles through the Town of Woodside approximately 1/2 mile past the intersection of Portola Road. The main park entrance on the right

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