Friday, February 17, 2017

Call to Artists:  

North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open                                                              September 2017                                   


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 16, 2017 (MONDAY) SAND HARBOR PAINT-OUT



Date:    January 16, 2017 (Monday)
Time:     10:00 am
Place:    Sand Harbor State Park, Incline
Meet:  Look for Carol Grigus at the Boat Launch Parking Emma and Look for the Easels
Fee:            about $10 per car if you don't have a year placquard
Amenities:    bathrooms?
Restrictions:  no dogs
There should be lots of snow so dress accordingly and drive safely!!
What to bring:
  • park entry fee money (about $10)
  • your lunch and beverage or purchase there
  • hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • bug spray (bee season)
  • your painting gear 
  • your beach and/or water recreation needs
  • cell phone
  • camera
  • folding chair?

Directions:

From Reno:  Take the Mt. Rose Hwy(431) to Incline.  Turn left at Country Club Drive (there is a sign that says "Sierra Nevada College" - that is the turn).  At Hwy 28 (the road that goes along the lake) turn left.  Go south on this road about 3 miles.  Sand Harbor is on your right.  The boat launch parking is the first turn.  The main entrance for people without boats is the next entrance.  

From South Lake Tahoe - take HWY 50 towards Carson City.  At the summit get in the right turning lane and turn right on Hwy 28.  Go about 10 miles towards Incline.  Sand Harbor will be on your left before you get to Incline Village.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

December, 2016  Winter Break






Greetings All,
Winter weather is unstable and we are going into the busy Holiday season. With travels and family visits to we will take a break for now.  We can all
continue with our paintings indoors, maybe experimenting with new techniques....

Wishing you a Very Merry Holiday Season,
Safe Travels and a Happy New Year!!

We will reconvene some time in January.

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 21, 2016 (Monday)               No Paint out, weather looking iffy     Happy Thanksgiving



Friday, November 11, 2016


November 14, 2016 (Monday)     Paint-Out Davis Pond                     Davis Creek Park, Washoe Valley



Host:       Emma Auriemma-McKay           
Location: Davis Creek Slide Mountain District 
               Regional Park: 
               25 Davis Creek Road, Washoe Valley, 
               (775) 849-0684.
Date:      November 14, 2016 (Monday)
Time:      9:00 am
Place:     Davis Creek Park,  Davis Pond, 
                    Washoe Valley
Parking:  Yes
Meeting Place:    Parking Lot
Amenities:  Restrooms (open?)
                    
Directions:  Going 395 South, Exit at Bowers Mansion Road.  Park entrance is on the right
a short distance down the road. Take the second left after entering the park.  You will drive through camp sites and take the next left turn to get to the pond.


What to bring:
  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water and snacks or lunch, maybe hot drink?
  • maybe TP?
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • painting umbrella if you have one
  • waterproof hiking boots or snow boots
  • warm socks, gloves
  • winter clothing - layers are best - it can warm up in the sun
  • cart will work on the boardwalk, but you have a few stair steps
  • cellphone
What you will see to paint:
  • snow capped Slide Mountain and surrounding mountains
  • reeds and marsh grasses
  • maybe some patchy snow
  • view of Pond and pine trees and their reflections
  • sometimes cloud formations



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 7, 2016 (Monday) Washoe Lake Wildlife Viewing Area, then Deadman's Creek Trail Paint-Out

Carol painting from the viewing platform last year
The parking lot last year

Wildlife Viewing Area Parking Lot - South End of Washoe Lake in the Fall
The Boardwalk goes from the parking lot to a viewing platform

Date:          November, 2016 (Monday)
Time:          9:00 am
Place:         Washoe Lake Wildlife Viewing Area, Eastlake Boulevard, South End of Washoe Lake
Parking:      Free, large parking lot and a pit toilet (but I'm not sure it is unlocked in the winter)
Amenities:   None, but Washoe Lake State Park is one mile north and there are unlocked bathrooms in the picnic or camping area.  They turn off the drinking fountains because of freezing pipes.  If you decide to paint there, you must pay the State Park Fee.

There won't be snow just snow.  I didn't have any autumn Photos.  We should have some tree color and mountain views to the west, east and south.

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water and snacks or lunch, maybe hot drink?
  • maybe TP?
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • painting umbrella if you have one
  • waterproof hiking boots or snow boots
  • warm socks, gloves
  • winter clothing - layers are best - it can warm up in the sun
  • cart will work on the boardwalk, but you have a few stair steps
  • cellphone
What you will see to paint:
  • snow capped Slide Mountain and surrounding mountains
  • reeds and marsh grasses
  • maybe some patchy snow
  • view of Washoe Lake and surrounding desert mountains
  • sometimes cloud formations
Directions:
From Reno, take I-580 South toward Carson City
Exit 44/Eastlake Boulevard
Left on Eastlake Boulevard
Go about 1.4 miles
As you go around a bend, a parking lot will appear on the left - turn left (it is easy to pass it up by mistake)



SECOND LOCATION - FOR HIKING ARTISTS - CHECK THIS OUT!   If you want to go for a little hike after our paint-out, OR, if you are not finding a subject matter to paint AND enjoy hiking - this location is nearby and not well-known.

Deadman's Creek Trailhead
Deadman's Creek Trailhead - looking away toward Washoe Lake
The Gazebo above Deadman's Creek Trail
Location:  Just about a mile north from the Wildlife Viewing parking lot, on East Lake Boulevard, on the right, is a small parking area (for 3 cars or so).  There is a nice little foot trail along the creek with signs noting the names of wild plants and trees.  Look for a trail that goes to the right and crosses the creek.  This trail switch-backs and climbs the hill and goes up to a viewing gazebo.  Some of the things you will see along the way are interesting rock outcroppings and gorgeous views of Washoe Lake.  If you have light painting gear in a backpack - you will be rewarded with a gorgeous place to paint.

Additional parking:  In the top photo you can see a trail on the other side of the road.  That trail leads to the Washoe Lake State Park Picnic Area Parking Lot (fee required).  You can also look for additional turn-outs nearby and walk to the trailhead.

This is also a great place to walk your dog.  Be sure to bring drinking water and a camera!!!
Link:  http://renotahoe.about.com/od/hikingtrails/a/Hiking-Deadmans-Creek-Trail.htm

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 31, 2016 Oxbow Nature Area Paint-Out

This was winter or fall 
HOST:  Emma Auriemma-McKay
             I will be on this deck area.  From the 
             parking lot walk west on the trail closest              to river.

Date:           October, 2016 (Monday)
Time:           9:00 am
Place:          Oxbow Nature Study Area, Reno
Parking:       Yes
Meeting Place:    Parking Lot
Amenities:    Restrooms (open?), Cafe
                     nearby

At this time of year there are probably singing birds,leaf colors on the 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.
What to bring (same as always):·                  camera
·                  cell phone
·                  drinking water and snack or lunch
·                  painting gear
·                  carts work on boardwalks and paths
·                  hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
·                  art umbrella?
·                  check weather for appropriate layers of clothing
Links:
http://backyardtraveler.blogspot.com/2006/12/renos-oxbow-nature-study-area.html