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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 to be Discontinued

The Paintsite blog is to be discontinued and the last blog entry will be published on May 1. The Paintsites Blog required significant time and effort to maintain, and Paintsites acknowledges and appreciates all contributing bloggers' time and energy supporting this effort. With special thanks to Brad Santos, Sylvia Waddell and Dick Zunkel who started the blog, and to Jane Saltman, Marilyn Perry, and Annie Haines who graciously continued the blog for the past few years. The blog served as a wonderful resource to record and share Paintsite events. Paintsites Blog will gradually transition to a private Facebook group until a more permanent solution is found.

To join the Paintsites Private Facebook Group please send a request to Paintsites@scvws.org and you will be sent an invite. Note, you must be a member of the SCVWS and attend paint sites to join this private group. Paintsites leaders will post a summary of each site similar to the weekly blog posts.  Private group members will be able to post, their own photos (including artwork), edit their entries and make notes about the site, comment on their own work and ask for feedback. 

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

Thursday, May 19: Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga map




Photo by Jane Saltman

Once the grand estate of Senator James Phelan, Villa Montalvo is a lovely mansion surrounded by formal gardens with arbors and statues.

Directions: From Hwy 85 exit at Saratoga Avenue, and drive south 1.8 miles to downtown Saratoga. Turn left at light onto Hwy 9 / Saratoga - Los Gatos Road. Drive 1/3 mile and turn right onto Montalvo Road. Continue approximately 1 mile to Montalvo grounds.   Drive past Lot #1 and park in any of the lots closer to the villa.  Meet on the lawn in front of the villa.

Please note that some web-based mapping services may direct you to turn onto Mendelson from Hwy 9. Do not use these directions, it will lead you to the Exit Gate which is one-way only. The Main Gate is accessible from Montalvo Road only.

Thursday, May 26: Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, 482 University Avenue, Los Altos 

Pop-Up Demo: Tanvi Buch will give a brief demo on value studies and notans, and how to use them to test different compositions and focal points. Demo starts ~ 10:15. Meet near the boardwalk entrance.


https://www.losaltosca.gov/search/site/redwood grove

https://scvwspaintsites.blogspot.com/2019/02/ redwood-grove-nature-preserve-los-altos_10.html 

Photo by Jane Saltman 

This is a preserve of first growth redwoods with Adobe Creek (probably dry) running through. Once known as the Halsey Property, Redwood Grove was bought by the City of Los Altos in 1974 for the purpose of protecting the majestic 90 year old redwoods planted by the Halseys. In addition to the towering redwoods, the 6-acre preserve features a boardwalk loop, a meadow, and native understory plants maintained by Grassroots Ecology.

Directions: From Foothill Expressway in Los Altos, take Main Street going west, then turn left on University and go 0.2 miles. The entrance to the grove is marked (although hard to see) on the right. Street parking.

Extra Parking and Restrooms: Redwood Grove is walk-in only. It is about a 650-foot walk downhill from the University Avenue entrance to the Redwood Grove Preserve. There is also parking on Lincoln Ave by the church, and nearby Shoup Park. Redwood Grove has port-a-potty facilities. Restrooms with running water can be found near the Shoup Park playground. A short trail connects Shoup Park to Redwood Grove. The trail entrance is located near the BBQ/picnic area south of Shoup House and follows Adobe Creek to Redwood Grove.

Thursday, June 2, 2022: Rodin Garden, Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita drive at Museum way, Stanford 95305 map


There are twenty Rodin bronze sculptures on the south side of the Cantor Arts Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for all figure painters!! (and these don’t move an inch). Cantor Collection galleries are open 11am - 8pm Thurs, and next door, the Anderson Collection 11am – 5pm. Check to see if reservations are required as circumstances change weekly. 

Some metered parking available on Lomita Drive. Additional parking can be found at the Roth Way Parking Garage.


Directions: From Highway 280 take Alpine Road exit east. Turn right on Junipero Serra, then left on Campus Drive West. Follow Campus Drive until you reach Palm Drive. Turn right on Palm Drive, continue to Museum Way. Turn right on Museum Way and you will be facing the main entrance to the Center. 

Thursday, June 9, Sunnyvale Heritage Orchard, 570 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale map


We are planning to paint the orchard with fruit on the trees. There are farm implements by the orchard and historical objects on display by the house. There is also an adjacent barn, although we expect lots of activity around the barn due to ripe apricot picking. Next door is the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, a replica of the Martin Murphy Jr. Bayview House which was milled in Bangor, Maine, shipped around the Horn in 1850, and assembled in Sunnyvale.  

Directions: From 280 take De Anza Blvd. (which becomes Saratoga Sunnyvale) north and go one mile.  Turn right onto E Fremont Ave and go 0.3 miles.  Turn left onto Manet Dr, go 0.4 miles driving past the orchard, turn right at the “Museum” sign into the parking lot, and follow “Museum” and “Orchard Heritage Park” signs.

 Weekend Paintsites are currently suspended

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