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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.

Weekend Virtual Paint Site 


You can trick or treat us from your home! This month we will have a special blog for Halloween and Dia de Los Muertas . Submit your Halloween or  masked-related artwork or a photo of yourself masked to be included in the Weekend Paintsite blog.

Here are some guidelines:

- Submit a digital photo of your artwork to Cropped photos are preferred.

- Include your name, the date, and comments about the entry or unique media notes.

- One submission per member, please.

- submit by November 2




Thursday, November 5: Santa Teresa County Park - 5 Pueblo Day Use Area, 260 Bernal Rd., San Jose Map

Join us on a turkey trot and enjoy fall colors, hillsides, rock formations, distant valley and mountain vistas. Santa Teresa County Park is located at the southern end of the Santa Teresa Hills. Meet at the Pueblo Day Use area.

Directions: From Santa Clara Valley, take US 101 or Highway 85 to the Bernal Road exit. Proceed west 1.3 miles on Bernal Road and cross Santa Teresa Boulevard toward the Santa Teresa Hills. Bernal Road continues past the park's Santa Teresa Golf Club, winding up into the hills. The Pueblo Day Use Area is located off Bernal Road in a small open valley in the hills.

Thursday November 12: The Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco Map


The Palace of Fine Arts is an important part of San Francisco’s rich history and a symbol of the spirit that makes San Francisco “the city that knows how.“ San Francisco's health rating has moved into the yellow tier and Thursday paint sites will show we too "know how."

After the devastation of the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was anxious to show the world that it had risen from the ashes. So in 1910, business and civic leaders gathered to discuss making San Francisco the site of the century’s first great world’s fair — a grand exposition that would honor the completion of the Panama Canal, and to host the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. 

Widely considered the most beautiful structure at the exhibition, the Palace of Fine Arts was the work of California architect Bernard Maybeck. Maybeck’s fantastic creation, inspired by a Piranesi engraving, featured a Roman ruin reflected in a pool. According to Maybeck, this ruin existed not for its own sake but to show “the mortality of grandeur and the vanity of human wishes.”

Directions: The Palace of Fine Arts can be reached via 101N or 280N/19th Avenue.Ample parking is available at Crissy Field (and street parking is available too). field-parking-lotSaS

It is a short walk to the Palace from Crissy Field. Consult your favorite route mapping software and follow instructions closely.

Meet at north entrance to the Palace on Lyon Street.

Thursday, November 19: Baylands Park, 999 E. Caribbean Drive, Sunnyvale Map

Baylands Park provides over 70 acres of developed parkland and 105 acres of seasonal wetlands is protected as a wetlands preserve, providing habitat for plants and wildlife. Baylands Park offers biking, hiking, nature trails and access to the San Francisco Bay Trail, which connects 300 miles of trails along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay Map.

The park gate is open every day from 8 a.m. to half an hour after sunset. During the off-season of November through February there are no parking fees.

Directions: From Hwy 101 or Hwy 237, exit Lawrence Expressway and head north. Lawrence Expressway turns into Caribbean Drive. Turn right into Baylands Park (opposite Moffett Park Drive) and turn left after the kiosk. Meet at Eucalyptus Hollow.


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.