Thursday, May 24, 2018

June 2018 Paint-Outs

Hello painters!

May turned out to have quite a bit of precipitation!  I did hear that the Sand Harbor day was gorgeous and a good turn-out of painters.

Again, I'm sorry I may not be able to attend June paint-outs.  :-(  But I hope you will.

Monday, June 4 and Tuesday the 5th:  Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe
Monday, June 11 and Tuesday the 12th:  Evans Creek Trail, Reno
Monday, June 18 and Tuesday the 19th:  Hope Valley Pickett Junction
Monday, June 25 and Tuesday the 26th:  Eagle Falls near Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

For the new people:  go to the blogsite and enter the name of the location in the search box in the upper left corner.  It will take you to older posts in which details and pictures and directions are.

FYI:  If you are interested, North Tahoe Arts is sponsoring a plein air event in June.  See: Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open. A week-long gathering of plein air artists hosted by NTA June 12 - 16, 2018. ​. Click on the PDF button. to apply. ​. ​.
Also, if you are interested, Mendocino Art Center is sponsoring a plein air event in September.....and I am going and taking my travel trailer and camping in nearby Ft. Bragg. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Art Material Sale

Hi painters,

One of our members, Karen Mauer is having an art materials sale this weekend:

"I will have art supplies, easels, paintings, etc. etc. (including new canvases) at the Somersett neighborhood garage sale this Sat. May 5, 2018 from 7 am to noon.  Given my supply, I would also allow early birds -- anytime Friday.

9176 Kenton Trail, Reno, NV. is accessible from Exit 5, East Verdi, off I-80 (NOT GPS -- they've identified the wrong one! - go to Exit 5 instead!)
Anyone can contact me at 406-270-3854

Thank you,
Karen Maurer

Thursday, April 19, 2018

May 2018 Paint-Outs

Hi painters,

April was an iffy month weather-wise.  I don't think many people made it out to paint.  Maybe May will be better....

May 2018 Schedule:

Monday, April 30 and Tuesday May 1 - Davis Creek Park

Monday May 7 and Tuesday May 8 - Sand Harbor (if the Boat Launch parking is open, meet there.  Otherwise, park at the main parking for the park

Monday May 14 and Tuesday May 15 - Huffaker Hills Trailhead, Reno.  From Longley Lane one block from McCarran Boulevard, take Alexander Lake Road to trailhead parking. 

Monday May 21 and Tuesday May 22 - Tahoe Keys (see previous years posts for directions)

Monday May 28 (Memorial Day) and Tuesday May 29 - Tahoe Meadows (see previous posts for directions)  P.S.  you may want to avoid Memorial Day - it is up to you....

Note:  May can be a muddy month with snow melt at Tahoe Meadows, be prepared with appropriate boots....

Friday, March 30, 2018

April 2018 paint-outs

Happy Spring!

Hi painters, sorry I am so late in setting computer crashed and I just got a new one....starting over takes time....


Monday, April 2 and Tuesday April 3:  Galena Regional Park, Mt. Rose Hwy, at 10:00 am

Monday, April 9 and Tuesday April 10:  Rancho San Rafael Arboretum, Reno at 10:00 am

Monday, April 16 and Tuesday April 17:  River Fork Ranch Regional Park, Genoa, at 10:00 am

Monday April 23 and Tuesday April 24:  Evans Creek NatureTrail, Reno at 10:00 am

Monday April 30 and Tuesday May 1:  Davis Creek Regional Park, Washoe Valley, at the pond at 10:00 am

For directions, click at the top of the blog page in the search box and type in the park or trail you wish to see previous posts that include directions.

I hope to see you one of those days!

Happy Painting,

Sunday, January 28, 2018

February 2018 Paint-Out Schedule

Hi painters,

We are going to try something new - two paint-outs a week (same location) for Mondays and Tuesdays.  We believe there are enough painters that would attend either one.  For the real serious ones, going back to finish at the same location the next day might be advantageous (weather permitting of course).


Sun Valley Regional Park, Sparks
10:00 am if not too cold.  11:00 if you want to wait a bit

From the spagetti bowl (I-80 and 395):

  • Go north on 395
  • Take the 2nd exit - Clearacre Lane (exit 70B)
  • Go north-east on Clearacre Lane
  • It changes name  to NV 443 and also to Sun Valley Blvd which is now heading north
  • Turn Left on 7th Avenue
  • First Right turn onto Sidehill
  • Go to the end.  Bennett Elementary School is on the right, and the entrance to the park is on the left
  • Note:  you will pass through a run-down area, but the ranger tells me the park is very safe.  The people I saw there had nice cars and trucks and I felt completely safe


Riverfork Ranch, Genoa
10:00 (or 11:00 if very cold)
River Fork Ranch is located at 381 Genoa Lane, Minden, NV 89423 near the historic town of Genoa in the Carson Valley.
Directions from Carson City:  Drive south on 395 for 8.7 miles
Turn Right onto SR 206/Genoa Lane and continue for 2.4 miles
The preserve and parking area will be on your left and is well marked with a sign.

More info: River Fork Ranch:


Washoe Lake - North entrance - dunes view
10:00 (or 11:00 if very cold)

From Reno Downtown 80/395/580:  Take 580 south, Exit 47B for old 395 South/Virginia Street.  Continue on old 395 going south (Virginia Street) (don't go to Virginia City)about 6.8 miles.  At the top of a hill, get in the left-turning lane.  Turn Left on East Lake Boulevard.  Go about 2.1 miles and turn right on Lakeshore Drive.  If you miss this turn, just turn at any other street and it will take you the same road - Lakeshore Drive - which follows the edge of the lake.  Continue about 1.8 miles until you see the sign (pictured above) and turn right.  Go to the end and meet in the parking lot.



Carson River Park, Carson City
Address5013 Carson River Rd, Carson City, NV 89701
10:00 (or 11:00 if very cold)

Friday, December 22, 2017

January 2018 Paint-Out Schedule

As always, if weather permits.....

Date:     Monday, January 1, 2018
Time:     11:00
Place:     Washoe Lake Wetlands
 - at the very south end of Washoe Lake
Parking:      Free and plenty of parking

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)


Date:    Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time:    11:00
Place:     Sand Harbor Boat Launch Parkinglot
Be aware they say the fee is year-round

Directions:  From Reno, take Mt Rose Hwy (431) to Incline
Left on Country Club Drive
Left on Lakeshore Blvd.  Go about 2 miles
Right into Sand Harbor Boat Launch parking lot

Date:    Tuesday, January 16
Time:    11:00
Place:    Hope Valley at Pickett Junction
(intersection of 88 and 89 after you pass Sorensens

Note:  No cell service.  Food, drink and bathroom at Sorensens and Hope Valley Cafe
Directions from Reno:  Take 395 (580) South to Minden, turn right on Highway 88, pass Sorensens, turn right at the junction of 89 and park on side.  Approximately 1 hour 15 min. to Pickett's Junction from central Reno.

Date:    Tuesday, January 23
Time:    11:00
Place:    Silver Saddle Ranch
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

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tips for painting outdoors in winter in snow country

January is here!  If the weather permits, and you dress warmly, paint-outs in January can be special.

Here are some tips for painting in snow country:

  • If there is snow and it is a sunny day ---- don't go snow-blind!!!!  It may alter your color sense, but do wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.  Peak now and then to check your colors and values.
  • Get a large board and place it behind your art panel to screen out the light coming around edges
  • Bring a black trash bag, an old blanket or tarp and place it in front of your easel so you don't get bounced light from the ground up into your eyes while you paint.
  • sorry - watercolor painting and acrylic painting may freeze.... try another medium, take photos or sketch
  • Wool socks, turtlenecks, wool sweater, fingerless gloves, wool hats, thermal underwear, handwarmer pouches, a thermos of hot drink, parka or wind-breaking jacket, heavy waterproof boots.... if you think you need them, bring them!
  • Oil painters - keep your tubes in the house the night before instead of your car.  Unstick any stubborn tube tops before you leave home.  Oil paints can get cold and hard to get out of the tube and also hard to paint with.  Medium helps to make paint spread easier when cold.
  • If you like to combine snowshoeing with your painting excursion, you can pull a plastic sled with you with your gear on it.  If you set up in soft snow, your tripod will sink down in the snow and might be too low.  The sled can also act as a support for your tripod and you stand in your snowshoes.
  • Painting snow:  Snow has colors in it.  Note the best snow paintings you have seen - if you held a white piece of paper up to the painting - you would find the snow was not painted with pure white out of the tube!  Another tip is to have both warm and cool colors in your snow - the warm colors will be where the sun has lit the snow, and the cool is where it falls away and is in shadow.