Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tuesday December 12, 2017 Paint-Out South End of Little Washoe Lake

Let's Paint the South End of Little Washoe Lake!

Date:  TUESDAY, December 12, 2017
Time:  10:00 am
Location:  Little Washoe Lake - go past the pay hut, go straight down hill, keep going straight on dirt road at the end of the parking lot for the beach, continue around Little Washoe Lake taking the bends to the right.  Pull off where you want to paint or go the end where the dirt parking is and the bathroom (it is open)

Directions to Little Washoe Lake:  From Virginia Street/Mount Rose Highway intersection, take 395 south about 6 miles.  After you pass through Pleasant Valley you will go up a hill (Washoe Hill).  At the top, turn left on East Lake Boulevard.  Almost immediately you will cross a cattle guard and then turn right into the park entrance.  There is an entrance fee year-round, but you can take your chances.  See above for how to go to the south end.   

It is slightly muddy-slick in some areas near the water.  Today I visited (Dec 6) and took these pictures.  A large herd of wild horses came down to drink at the lake.

Sorry Oxbow Nature Area is closed

I'm so sorry.  I didn't know Oxbow Park was closed for repairs until I arrived here!  They are closed till the end of January for repairs.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Two Upcoming Paint-Outs


TUESDAY  November 28, 2017:   Silver Saddle Ranch   10:00

Place:          Silver Saddle Ranch, Carson City
Parking:       Parking area .6 miles down their gravel ranch road see above
Amenities:    bathroom, hiking trails, bird watching, picnic area, working cattle ranch, barns and caretaker house, hiking and horseriding trails
Meeting Place:   the parking area.  Painting areas in walking distance.
From Reno, take 580 south
Take exit 38 for Fairview Drive, keep in left lane
Turn Left at the light onto Fairview Drive
At the round-about, take 1st exit onto East 5th Street
Turn Right on Carson River Road
Follow Carson River Road for 1.4 miles to the entrance at a bend in the road.
Picture above shows their sign on Carson River Road
Follow their gravel ranch road .6 miles to the parking area near the hay barn and ranch buildings.

Links, pictures and trail maps:  
Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch

What you can paint:
  • cattle (maybe - they do move around)
  • ranch and pasture vistas
  • view of Slide Mountain
  • some sagebrush and cottonwood trees
  • nearby Carson River if you choose to drive down the road
  • Ranch buildings

WEDNESDAY  December 6, 2017:  Oxbow Nature Center  10:00

Place:          Oxbow Nature Study Area, Reno
Parking:       Yes
Meeting Place:    Parking Lot
Amenities:    Restrooms (open?), Cafe

There are cottonwood trees, interesting vistas, the river, cattails, grasses, a small lake/pond.  There is plenty of parking and flat trails and boardwalks.  The home before you enter the park has some livestock that are fun to paint too.

Directions:  Take the Keystone Exit off of I-80 and turn south onto Keystone Ave.  Continue to W. Second Street and turn Right (West).  After several blocks Second Street bears left and becomes Dickerson Road.  There is no sign indicating but just go that way.  You travel through a semi industrial area and the road dead-ends into Oxbow Nature Study Area.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Something New On The RTPAP Blog

November 3, 2017


Hi painters,

Since I'm back to administering this plein air painters blog, I made a few changes in the lay-out you may notice.  I moved some of the items from the left-hand column over to the right side.  The left-hand column is now just "member related".

I have added a section at the bottom of the "member related" column called "Advertisements - Member Shows and Art Lessons".   I added my own Open Studio show and lessons offered there as an example.  Advertising your exhibit, open studio and art classes you offer can now be advertised on this blog at a low price.  Because administering this blog is totally volunteered by me, and my time is worth something, I need to charge for this advertising for you.

Here is a link to the blog for you to see changes....

There will be only one type of ad:

Short Form - only the event, name, date, time and location and link to your website page for more information.

The fees are set up as follows:

1-2 month Fee:  $10   - up to 2 months before event date.  After event date it will be deleted.
3-6 month Fee:  $20  - for ongoing art lessons up to 6-month run
12-month Fee:  $40 - for ongoing art lessons up to a 12-month run

Note:  Updating your links:  If over time you change the page link in your website, you must notify me, the administrator, and provide me the new link to your information about your event.  Having a broken link or "page not found" won't help you in your advertising.

Please note:  These ads will just appear on the blog - they will not be sent out to subscribers in the form of an email.  I do not want the subscribers to be deluged by email advertisements.  I want this blog to keep to the original plan - plein air paint-outs scheduled for people to attend for free.

Happy Painting,
Carolyn Jean Thompson

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 - Little Washoe Lake Paint-Out

Monday, October 30, 2017 - Little Washoe Lake Paint-Out

Date:  Monday, October 30, 2017
Time:  10:00 am
Place:  Little Washoe Lake State Park
Directions from Reno:  Take old 395 (Virginia Street) through Pleasant Valley.  When you get to the top of Washoe Hill, get in left turning lane and turn left onto East Lake Boulevard.  After crossing cattle guard, make your first right into park.  There is a booth and a self-pay thing, then make your first right on an old paved road that is rough.  This old road will take you to the north side of Little Washoe Lake where all these photos were taken.

Amenities:  Bathroom (I don't know if it is open in off-season) at the beach parking if you were to go straight ahead.

If you choose to turn right on the old road, go to the end and then turn left.  Turn around at the end and park along the edge.  There are two areas where there are steps down to the beach and a couple of picnic tables.  These might be used by people with dogs fetching in the water - a popular place for locals, and I noticed they did not pay the entry fee of $5.00. 

If you choose to park in the parking lot at the beach where the bathroom is - it might be a good idea to pay the fee. 

Another option is to continue past the beach parking on the dirt road that loops around the lake and deadends in a parking lot.  There is a pit toilet there and the views are mostly willows and wetlands if you like that sort of subject.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 Paint-Out at local aspens

Monday, October 23, 2017 Paint-Out

Date:     Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:    10:00 am
Place:     Galena Creek Trailhead - off of Callahan Road
To get there:  Take Mt. Rose Highway, pass Thomas Creek light signal by about a mile and a half.  Turn left on Callahan Road.  Go about a mile and a half, parking and trailhead on right.
Amenities:  big parking area, portapottie, nice trail.  Trail used by dog walkers.  Lots of area to set up off of trail.  Another trail is on the other side of the creek.  I didn't see as many aspens in the beginning part of the trail, but it is in full-sun.

First off - I'm sorry there were no paint-outs in September.  I have been going to physical therapy and too sore to do much of anything.

Today (October 19) I took a brief look-about at this location because I heard it was in peak color.  Hopefully, by Monday, the leaves will not have blown all away.....

This location has a big parking area:

These pictures were taken at 11am.  The best trail is on the shady side, so I chose a later meeting time.  Please be aware that this time a year the light changes through the trees REALLY fast!  Try not to chase the light!  Take pictures before you start and as the light changes on your subject, stick to what your camera has in memory and stick to the light/shadow patterns you started with.

Big pines silhouetted by yellow aspen
this is across the street and the trees are turning orange

Saturday, July 29, 2017

In Memorium - Pat Edwards

We were all so shocked and saddened at hearing of our good friend and artist, Pat Edwards' passing.  She will be truly missed.  She was one of our "regulars" for about three years - year round.  She and her husband Phil would travel long distances from Lake Tahoe to paint with us.  She participated in our shows and was very enthusiastic.

She was always cheerful, friendly, and always had a tip or two to share from IPad art apps to anything art-related.  She was an accomplished pastel painter.  

A memorial service will be held as follows:

August 13th Memorial Service at North Tahoe Event Center

There will be a memorial service for Pat on August 13th, at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Boulevard, outside on the Lakefront Terrace, at 1:00p.m., near the beach she loved so well. All are welcome. No food will be served, but soda, coffee and water will be available. Please let us know if you will be able to be with us and if you would like to share during this time that we will be together remembering Mom.