Thursday and Weekend Paintsites Details

Please note Paintsites Blog Changes: As of September 2021 the Paintsites blog has returned to being published after each paint site. If however, there are not enough artwork submissions (more than 2) for the current week, your photos will be  included in the  following issue. All other Blog guidelines remain the same. 

General Information     

The usual start time for the 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. 

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 paint site email cannot be guaranteed. Always check the Society website and your email before venturing out to a paintsite.

Pandemic Guidelines for scheduled Paintsites events :  

In accordance with the state of California, Paintsites will continue to keep existing mask guidance in place until June 15. After this date you will still have the option to wear a mask if you choose. Note, some of our sites have limited visitor requirements and may require masks and self distancing regardless of the state’s guidelines. When they do, we will post this information in the paintsite detail with instructions.

 Guidelines for posting your artwork on the Monthly Paintsites Blog

Thursday, September 2: Hike and Sketch - San Bruno Mountain Park, Saddle Loop Trail, Brisbane map

Trail map and self guided tour:

This location will be a first for Paintsites. “San Bruno Mountain Park is a landmark of local and regional significance, standing as a unique open-space island in the midst of the peninsula's urbanization at the northern end of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. The Mountain's ridge line runs in an east-west configuration, with considerable slopes and elevations ranging from 250 feet to 1,314 feet at the summit. The 2,416 acres of rugged landscape offer excellent hiking opportunities and outstanding views of San Francisco and Central Bay Area.”

Meet at the picnic area near the entrance to the Saddle Loop Trail. Leaders will be there to greet from 10 -10:15, then hikers will walk about half a mile (15mins) to a spot with good views.  The hike will not be completely flat, but a gentle slope only.  The intention is not to walk the full loop trail, only a short section of the loop. Belongings should be light. Besides art materials, bring a hat, a lightweight chair, and a warm jacket.  Washrooms next to the parking lots. 

Directions to the Park: From Highway 101, take the Bayshore Boulevard/Brisbane exit (for some reason, there is no mentioning of Brisbane City on N101, only called Bayshore Blvd./Cow Palace exit.) Proceed on Bayshore Boulevard to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. Turn west on Guadalupe Canyon Parkway toward the Mountain and proceed up the hill for about 5 min to the park entrance on your right. $6 parking fee/car (cash or credit) 

From Highway 280 North, take the Mission Street exit. Head left (north) on Junipero Serra Blvd. Turn right onto San Pedro Blvd.  San Pedro Blvd will turn E Market Street, and E Market Street will turn into Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, which will take you eastward up the canyon.  The Park entrance will be on your left toward the top of the hill.

Thursday, September 16: Los Altos History Museum, 51 South San Antonio Rd, Los Altos 94022 map

Paintsites members have  been invited to paint in the museum courtyard as a feature of an exhibit honoring Los Altos artist, Annie Knapp Fitz. The exhibit opens September 9, 2021 and will run through the end of the year. . Meet in the museum courtyard. You are welcome to paint on the grounds surrounding the museum.

While there, go view the SCVWS show “Every Leaf Speaks Bliss To Me” at the Los Altos library, just a 3 min walk across the parking lot! Artists are also invited to view the Los Altos Bears Community Public Art Event & Fundraiser as they celebrate the community’s emergence from pandemic hibernation!

Directions: From Foothill Expressway take San Antonio north.  The Museum is just behind the the Los Altos Library (13 South San Antonio).

Thursday, September 23: 

1. Japanese Friendship Garden, Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose 95112  map,

2. Senior Hour Special, Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose's Kelley Park, map

Two for one paint site: Japanese Friendship Garden and Happy Hollow Zoo and Park!

Visit the beautiful and tranquil Japanese garden (scroll down for details) and/or take advantage of the special Senior entry at Happy Hollow Zoo. Happy Hollow has a Covid-modified Senior Safari Stand-in  so guests 50+ can enjoy an exclusive hour at Happy Hollow before the Park & Zoo opens to the public.  Although admission and parking are free if they arrive between 9 and 10am, Painters will need to make their own reservations to enter at 9am (beginning September 3). Painters will need to reserve their tickets by following this link, selecting the date and registering:


Tell the parking attendant you are have senior hour reservation to receive a parking pass.

For those not yet fortunate enough to be a 'senior', the Zoo opens for general admission at 10:00 AM.  Admission costs $17.25, parking costs $10.00. Once in, we will be able to sketch the animals and the Zoo's other attractions.  There are several places where we can set up easels, but we have to be considerate of the other visitors and not obstruct paths.  For those not interested in sketching/painting animals, the adjacent Japanese Friendship Garden opens at 10:00 AM (pay parking, free admission to the Garden). Unfortunately, most of the ponds will be empty until 2022, but there is a koi pond at the end nearest the Happy Hallow parking lot. Still lots of statues to paint!  (Note: the parking machines in the Friendship Garden parking lot were malfunctioning the last time we visited and they only accepted quarters - best bring a roll of quarters.)


For lunch we will meet around 12:30 to 1:00 at the Redwood Grove picnic area between Happy Hallow and the North gate to the Friendship garden, near the restrooms.

Directions:  From 101 take Story Road west, left on Senter and pass the park on the left, U-turn at Phelan Ave, and continue back on Senter.  From 280 exit at 10th/11th streets, follow signs to Spartan Stadium, left on Phelan, left on Senter.  In both cases you will first come to parking lot for Friendship Garden on the right, then parking lot for zoo on the right.


'Virtual' Weekend Paintsites 

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 

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