Thursday and Weekend Paintsite Details

Due to the regional stay at home order, January 2021 Thursday paintsites are postponed until further notice.

Due to the higher tiered COVID-19 restrictions, Paintsites has been postponed until it is safe to reschedule. Please check the Paintsites details page for updates. We are still publishing the blog and hope you will continue to submit your artwork. It has been so inspiring to see Paintsites artists continue to paint at home or elsewhere despite the worries and restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Your artwork is wonderful! Please keep it up.

In case you are stuck for ideas on what to paint and need a spark to get you going, here are some prompts for the monthly challenge:

"A New Start" (December 27 to January 30)

This might be a chance to illustrate a New Year’s resolution or something symbolic for how you feel about the coming year e.g. incorporate an overpass or a bridge in your painting to suggest “bridging the pandemic.”

Alison's photo references 

February Challenge: 

"What’s Your Passion?"

This could be anything that represents a strong feeling. For example, it could be a sketch or painting that represents your passion for music, gardening, hiking, architecture, a hobby, or even an idea or a cause.

If neither of these suggestions strikes your fancy, you might submit your favorite painting from 2020.

Blog Submission Guidelines 

We invite Paintsites' artists to paint or sketch during the week, pick one painting from that week and submit it by Saturday of that week. Here are some guidelines:

Guidelines for regular scheduled Paintsites events

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.

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. 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.