Monday, October 28, 2013

Recent Paint-Outs September to October 2013

Here is a collection of pictures from paint-outs we enjoyed:
Fallen Leaf Lake:

Emma looks perplexed

Too windy to paint by the lake this day
We moved into the shelter of the trees

Lonnalee at work
Monika in the aspens
Ray at work at the edge of the meadow
Sky Tavern:
Aspens at Sky Tavern
Emma at work
Monika and Garrett
Lonnalee's view
Moxie waiting for Mom to finish painting
Mayberry Park:

Emma and Jack
Thomas Creek:
Brrrr!  Last night blew the leaves away and left snow!
Only die-hards Monika and I showed up - we had to paint fast!!!!!   Cold!!!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October 28, 2013 Thomas Creek Trailhead Paint-Out

Taken this year - the trees are all gold!

Date:          October 28, 2013 (Monday)
Time:          9:30 am
Place:          Thomas Creek Trailhead located at the end of Timberline Road, Reno, NV.
Meet:          The picture taken above is the dirt parking area you will see when you go about 500 yards on the dirt road at the end of Timberline Road.  Meet here.  If you have never been here, we will show you where you can walk or drive from here.  The aspen trees you see here run along both sides of Thomas Creek.  There is a wooden bridge in the gap of the trees, and you can drive over it to get to other parking areas.
Amenities:     Pit toilet at the farther parking area that is paved where it says "Equestrian Parking" - but you can park there as well.

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water, lunch or snack
  • TP in case pit toilet is out
  • carts will work OK here, but the dirt roads are bumpy and/or gravelly
  • cell phone - I believe they work here - we are close to a neighborhood

Directions:  From Reno, take 395 to Mount Rose Hwy exit.  Go up Mount Rose Hwy to Timberline Road.  Turn Right.  Go to the end.  It turns into a well-maintained dirt road that is only about .10 of a mile long.  Paved parking lot with pit toilet - continue straight ahead after crossing the bridge.  Dirt parking along the creek:  turn left after you cross the bridge.  Note:  Logan Meadows Road (the center of the fork) is closed from November 1 to May 1.

What you can paint near parking areas:  eastern vistas of Truckee Meadows, pine trees, aspen trees, and creek.  Thomas Creek Trail also goes east, following the creek near the bridge.  There are some nice aspen trees there too.  Basically - if you want to paint the view, park at the cement parking lot.  If you want to paint forests, creeks, aspens - park in the dirt parking area along the creek.  If you love hiking (and lugging your gear), the trails are wonderful - you can hike as far as you want.  The trail follows the creek toward Mount Rose....

People who use this trail:  hikers, dog-walkers, equestrians, mountain bike riders.

Important:  Do not set up easels on the foot trail.  This is a well-used trail.  Mountain bikes can whiz by without looking up.  Horses may be frightened by you and your easel and umbrella.  Try to be in an open area off the trail where the horses can see you but not be threatened.  I use this trail frequently and have never seen a rattle snake or mountain lion, but the trail signs say they do live there, so I feel obliged to note it here.
View from cement parking lot
The left fork where the dirt parking is along the creek

Bridge where the fork is (last year's pix)

A meadow between Logan Meadows Road and the creek - farther up  - parking for about 3 cars on Logan Meadows Road

Creek near the dirt parking area

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 21, 2013 (Mon.) Mayberry Park Paint Out

Mayberry Park  last year - but it is probably more yellow now
Date:     October 21, 2013 (Monday)
Time:     9:30 am
Place:     Mayberry Park, 121 Woodland Drive, Reno, NV
Parking:  plenty
Amenities:  No water, but there are porta-potties, picnic tables, paved jogging path along the river, more parking if you turn left and go down a gravel road to another grassy picnic area and porta-pottie down there too

What to bring:
  • camera
  • your painting gear
  • TP in case port-pottie is out
  • drinking water
  • hat - good weather in forecast
  • hiking or walking shoes
  • carts will work here - there is a paved walking path along the Truckee River
What you will see from this location to paint:
  • cottonwoods are golden, some still green
  • golden grasses and mute-colored rabbit brush
  • Truckee River and the shoreline and rocks
Directions:  From Reno at 395, take 80 to West McCarran, turn Left on McCarran, Turn Right on 4th Street.  Go about 1.9 miles, turn Left on Woodland, go to the end.

More pictures from last year

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 14, 2013 (Monday) Paint-Out at Sky Tavern

Date:          October 14, 2013 (Monday)
Time:          9:30 am
Place:          Sky Tavern on Mount Rose Hwy 431
Meeting Place:   Mountain Top Sports Rentals at Bum's Gulch Road.  From there we can drive around into the Sky Tavern Ski Area which is obviously closed!  There is plenty of parking in there and since some workers are doing maintenance, the bathrooms may be open (?) and drinking fountains (?)

Sorry the picture above was taken at 3:30 pm yesterday and the sun was in my eyes so the picture is not showing the true colors.  But as you can see there are willows and creek-run-off areas, Aspen trees in yellow and evergreen hills.

I'm also sorry this is such late notice - I just got back from a vacation.

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water
  • lunch or snacks
  • carts will work in a lot of the areas
  • cell phone - not sure they will work well here - maybe
  • jacket or windbreaker
*In case there is wind we will continue back down toward Reno and go to Thomas Creek (off of Timberline Road)

Directions:  From Reno - take Mount Rose Hwy 431 about 12 miles up the hill from the intersection of I-580.  Just past the old Tanenbaum area you will see a snow removal shed on the left and then a blue sign for Sky Tavern where the gate is closed.  Just past that on the right is the Mountain Top Sports Rentals in above picture and turn right there.  That little road is called Bum's Gulch Road.  We will meet in this wide paved area.