Monday, July 29, 2013

August 5, 2013 (Monday) Hope Valley Paint-Out

Date:                    August 5, 2013 (Monday)
Time:                    10:00 am - meet at Sorensen's
Painting Place:       Hope Valley, CA - along Hwy 88/89
Amenities:             There is a restroom in the vicinity.  I don't remember any drinking water.  There is no gas stations up there, and no cell!
Travel time:           One hour, 15 min. from Reno
Meeting Place:      Sorensen's Resort on Hwy 88/89
Map and Link:
Directions:           From Reno, take 580 south, through Carson City and on towards Minden.  Just before you get into town of Minden, turn Right on Hwy 88.  Continue to Woodfords, and then stay straight and continue up the hill about 10 minutes.  Sorensen's Resort and Cabins will be on your left.  The restaurant is right there and gravel parking.

Have a cup of coffee if you arrive early at the Sorensen Cafe.  Check out their gift shop and selection of maps.  Look for my car, a red Subaru Outback, in the parking lot.  We can discuss where we want to paint.  From there, we will drive further up the road.  First shoulder on the right is where you can park and walk down to the beautiful creek among aspen trees as shown above.

If you want open vistas, we will continue further a little ways.  At the junction where 89 goes off to the right, there is a public restroom on the corner.  Parking is limited, but there is also the shoulder of the road at the beginning of the fork on 89.  The picture above is taken from this area looking west.

If you want the view from the very top picture of the river, I can show you where you park on the shoulder and that view is right there - you can paint from the side of the road or walk down a little slope to get to the spot where I took the photo.  Locals call this area "at the bridge".

Of course, if you know the area, you can paint anywhere you want.  As you folks would know - the entire region is gorgeous and there is lots to choose from.  This paint-out is geared for the first-timers - Kathy and Charleen and anyone else.

What to bring:

  • plenty of gas 
  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water
  • bug spray
  • hat/sunscreen/sunglasses
  • jacket if cool
  • Hiking shoes or good tennis shoes with tread advised
  • Carts may not work in many places.  Backpack or shoulder bags probably better.
  • You can paint from where your car is, but the traffic noise can be bothersome
  • lunch or money to buy lunch at Sorensens
  • cell phone, however, it won't work up there....

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 29, 2013 (Monday) Mt. Rose Meadows Paint-Out

Date:          July 29, 2013 (Monday
Time:          9:00 am
Place:          Mt. Rose Meadows (actually the name is Tahoe Meadows, but it is on Mt. Rose!)
Parking:       Parking lot on the south side of Mt. Rose Highway
Amenities:    Bathroom

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • cart or backpack if you wish to hike the interpretive loop trail for more distant spot
  • cell phone
Yes, back by popular demand!  We went there last Monday and it was so cool and comfortable compared to Reno.  It is close, it is quiet, it is beautiful.  The interpretive loop trail is level and easy to pull a cart.  There are many different subjects to choose from to paint at this time:  small waterways, wildflowers including lupin, meadow views, mountain views, forest trees....  If you want to see the large patch of lupins - they are in full bloom right now.  They are on the eastern end of the interpretive loop trail.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 22, 2014 (Monday) Mt. Rose Meadows Paint-Out

Date:          July 22, 2014 (Monday
Time:          9:30 am
Place:          Mt. Rose Meadows  at the top of Mt. Rose Highway
Park:           Parking lot is on the north side of the road and goes down to the meadow edge.
Amenities:    Bathroom, trail around the edge of the meadow is level and easy

What to bring:

  • Camera
  • Painting Gear
  • Drinking Water
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Rolling carts work here!
What you can paint:  mountains, meadow, trees, wildflowers

Yep!  We are going back to the cool meadows at the top of Mt. Rose to escape the heat in Reno!  Although we are meeting at the parking lot - feel free to check out the other side of the highway for views ---- you just need to carry your gear - probably in a backpack and wear hiking boots.  There are also trails nearby - the Tahoe Rim Trail goes through here.  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

July 16, 2013 (Tues) Rancho San Rafael Paint-Out

Date:          July 16, 2013 (Tues)
Time:          9:30 am
Place:         Rancho San Rafael Park, Sierra Street, Reno
Parking:  Park at the Arboretum parking lot
Amenities:  drinking water, bathrooms, paved walkways through the arboretum, picnic tables

What to bring:
§ camera
§ painting gear
§ walking shoes
§ hat, plein air umbrella if you have one, sunscreen
§ A backpack or cart (if you have one) to tote your art gear down the path to the creek if you wish to go there
What you will see from this location to paint:  the arboretum is in summer colors now, and the flower gardens may may have flowers of the summer season.  Take a walk around to scope out what you'd like to paint before bringing your gear out of the car.

Directions - entrance is on Sierra Street, not far from the intersection of McCarran Blvd.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 15, 2013 (Monday) East Shore Lake Tahoe Paint-Out

Date:          July 15, 2013
Time:          11:30 am
Meeting:      Scenic Overlook parking lot on 28 just south of Incline, NV before you get to Sand Harbor
Follow lead driver to:  about 4.5 miles south on 28 - to a trailhead parking on the road very near to Thunderbird Lodge but not on their property
Hike:          About one-half mile down the trail to a beautiful and quiet cove.  Must be fit enough to hike back uphill when done painting!

Amenities:     None, but the bathroom is at the Scenic Overlook parking lot you just left

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water and lunch
  • sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • backpack or something to carry your gear down and back
  • cell phone
  • Dip in the Lake!  Bring or wear your swimsuit and towel!