Thursday and Weekend Paintsites Details

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. 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 paint site 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.

Pandemic Guidelines for 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.

Thursday, April 29: San Jose History Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose map

This 14-acre site contains 32 original and reproduction homes, businesses, and landmarks, including the electric light tower and Southern Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive.

Directions: From 101 take Story road west, left on Senter Road, left on Phelan. From 280 exit at 10th/11th streets, follow signs to spartan stadium, left on Phelan. in both cases follow Phelan avenue to the parking lot at the end of the street where parking costs $6. 

Thursday, May 6: Alum Rock Park, 16260 Penitencia Creek Rd. San Jose map Details/Alum-Rock-Park-176

This historic park has wonderful oaks, maples, sycamores and flowering buckeye. There are active mineral springs, and grottos, plus Penitencia Creek which is crossed by several quaint stone bridges. Unlike some previous visits when we hiked, this time we will sit and paint.

Directions: From 680 take the McKee exit east and drive on McKee Rd toward the East Bay Hills about 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Toyon Ave and go 0.9 miles. Turn right onto Penitencia Creek Rd and go 1.6 miles into Alum Rock Park until you reach the large parking lot near Youth Science Institute. There is free parking in the lot across the creek from the Youth Science Institute or a the Eagle Rock and Rustic Lands lots.

 Thursday, May 13, Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave, Atherton map

A beautiful 22 acre city park with gardens, fountain, and two very impressive architectural structures, the carriage house and the water tower.

Directions: From 101 north take exit 406 for Hwy 84 e/ Marsh Road, turn left onto Marsh Rd and go 1.3 miles, turn left on Middlefield Rd and go 0.1 miles, turn right on Watkins Rd, go 0.3 miles, and the park is on your left. We will meet near the water tower.

 Thursday, May 20: Vasona County Park,333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos 95032 map

There are views of the lake, stream, an iron bridge, boat dock, and waterfowl. The Santa Cruz Mountains provide a great background to the lake and the popular boat rental concession means there could be activity on the water.

Directions: Highway 17 to Los Gatos. Take the Lark Avenue exit going east. Right onto Los Gatos Blvd, right onto Blossom Hill Rd, park entrance is on the right. Fee for parking. Meet at the Boat Dock on the west side of the lake.

Thursday, May 27: Santana Row Rooftops, 377 Santana Row, San Jose 

Apple Maps link to Alyssum Lane Garage: Alyssum Ln


Join us for a birds' eye view or find your quiet corner at Santana Row! Meet on the 4th floor of the large parking garage on Alyssum Lane (not Olin Avenue or Olsen Drive). The Santana Row complex has won several awards for its architectural and landscape designs, and has been considered a major success as a joint business and residential space within an urban setting.

This site, with its Mediterranean-like atmosphere, has many wonderful subjects to paint including views of the main plaza with its shaded sidewalk cafes, ornate fountains, colorful planters, a chapel facade shipped all the way from France, and to top it all - a giant chessboard!

For further information on the site please refer to the following link. 

Directions: From Hwy17/880, exit Stevens Creek Boulevard. From Steven Creek Boulevard, turn left onto Santana Row (ignore the no entrance symbol on Google maps). Turn right on Alyssum Lane. The parking garage is on your right. Alternative Hwy17/880 route, exit Stevens Creek Boulevard. From Steven Creek Boulevard, turn left onto Winchester. Make a legal U-turn and then turn right to enter the Alyssum Lane parking garage ramp. 

From Hwy 280S: take Exit 6 for Winchester Boulevard. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Moorpark Ave. Turn left onto Winchester Boulevard and turn right to enter the Alyssum Lane parking garage (northern-most garage) ramp.



Where:  San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, Map to Museum; Map to Jefferson Parking Garage.

When: Sunday, May 2, 2021, 10 AM – 1 PM

We will paint views of the handsome San Mateo County History Museum from Courthouse Square. The museum is housed in the 1910 County Courthouse which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The inside of the rotunda is as beautiful on the inside as the dome is on the outside, so you may wish to pay museum admission, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, to view the courthouse from the inside. 

Directions: Drive north on US-101 to Redwood City, take exit 408 for CA-84 W/Woodside Rd, continue for about 0.4 miles, as soon as you have gone through the underpass under US 101 turn right onto Veterans Blvd and go 0.7 miles, turn left onto Main St and go 0.2 miles, turn right onto Broadway and go about 0.1 miles to the intersection of Jefferson Ave. Either continue another block and the history museum is on the right or turn left onto Jefferson Ave, go 1/2 block and the parking garage is on the right (look for “Public Parking” sign).

Directions provided by the museum:

Redwood City parking suggestions:

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 

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