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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, July 7, Webb Ranch, 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley Map


Early start 8:30-11am, 

This paintsite is an early event that concludes at 11:00am.  Please plan accordingly.


In the heart of Silicon Valley lies a beautiful oasis for horses and fresh produce. Webb Ranch was established in 1922 by the Webb Family on 230+ acres located near Stanford University. The ranch provides riding instruction and events, scenic trails, programs for all level of riders, farm produce, and seasonal foods. Bring your family! There is a charge for berry picking.

Directions: The ranch riding entrance is marked by five mailboxes and a sign next to Alpine Road. Turn right, onto the private ranch road, and follow it to the U Pick parking lot. We will meet there.


Please limit your driving speed to 10MPH on their private road. When entering the barn area, or whenever you see horses, reduce your speed to 5MPH. Speed spooks horses and can be the cause of accidents! 

Thursday, July 14, Succulent Gardens, 2133 Elkhorn Road, Castroville map


photo by Alison Turner

Succulent Gardens is a boutique nursery dedicated to the growing of over 400 varieties of quality succulent plants, both popular and rare. It is a wholesale nursery for garden centers, landscapers, florists, corporate clients and creative entrepreneurs. They also are open to the public for retail sales.

The nursery covers over three acres and their drought-tolerant plants are displayed both in greenhouses and outside. Examples of the plants growing in containers and in the landscape may be viewed throughout the nursery.

Directions: From Hwy 101 or Hwy 1, follow Dolan/Castroville Road. Turn on Elkhorn Road and immediately past Amal Road, look for the nursery. Carpooling encouraged. Enter from Elkhorn Road, just past the corner of Elkhorn and Amaral Road. Please park on the street on the shoulder of Elkhorn Road. Please do not park on Amaral Road

Thursday, July 21, California History Center on De Anza Campus 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino




Photo taken from the DeAnza Campus Art Tour website

The De Anza campus is an interesting mix of contemporary and historic buildings. La Petit Trianon was built in the 1890's as a neoclassic style mansion for Charles Baldwin, today it is home to the California History Center. The sunken garden was part of the original estate design and showcases a 1991 concrete water sculpture by Salvatore Pecoraro. 

Directions: From Hwy 85, take the Stevens Creek Exit and go east. Take the first right and enter the Flint Center Parking Garage. Parking is free this Spring and Summer on campus. For more information, see the parking information page on the De Anza website

Thursday, July 28, Ulistac Natural Area, 4901 Lick Mill Blvd., Santa Clara map 



photo by Alison Turner

Ulistac contains the last 40 acres of natural, undeveloped land in the city along the Guadalupe River, a major migratory flyway for birds. The nature preserve along the Guadalupe River is being "reclaimed" to once again become a natural area. 

Directions: Take Lawrence Expressway north from 101 to Tasman. Turn right and go to Lick Mill Road. Turn right again and go to the gate furthest south. Facilities available only at Lick Mill Park.

 Weekend Paintsites are currently on hold

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