Tuesday, January 27, 2015

February 2, 2015 (Monday) Kings Beach/Lake Tahoe Paint-Out

Date:          February 2, 2015 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:          Kings Beach (the beach) at Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe
Host:          Pat Edwards
Meet:          At the beach across the street from Safeway
Parking:      Kings Beach has a parking lot, and also you can park in the Safeway parking lot across the street from the painting place.
Amenities:     bathrooms are at Safeway and Starbucks.  Spindleshanks restaurant is also in the area

There is a beautiful beach park and green lawn and down the short bluff to a sandy beach with panorama of Tahoe.

Location:  on Highway 28 almost at the intersection where 267 comes into Kings Beach from Truckee.

Directions:  please check out google maps and directions for the best route from where you live.

Links:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=511

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 26, 2015 (Monday) Oxbow Nature Area Paint-Out

Host:  Linda Santisteven

Date:          January 26, 2015 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:          Oxbow Nature Study Area, Reno
Parking:       Yes
Meeting Place:    Parking Lot
Amenities:           Restrooms (open), Cafe nearby

At this time of year there is interesting vistas, the river, cattails, grasses, a small lake/pond, cottonwood trees and maybe  some ice along the edges of the marshes.  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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January 22, 2015 (Thursday)Hope Valley Paint-Out


Another paint-out!  Host:  Carol G.

Date:          January 22, 2014 (Thursday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:          Hope Valley Area
Meeting Place:    Hope Valley Cafe (At Hope Valley Resort & Campground)
Painting Places:   4 to choose from, or go off on your own
Parking:          Variable - see notes on each painting location
Amenities:     Hope Valley Cafe, Sorensen's Resort, bathroom at Pickett Junction (88 at 89)

Last year we did this paint-out and it was fun and about 8 people were there.  If the weather permits, we will meet Carol G at Hope Valley Cafe.  I will not be able to attend due to being on crutches.  I copied last year's map and information of places we discussed painting last year for your reference.

to print:  R click on this map, it brings up blog post, R click again on map, it should blow up map only, Control P and it should just show map as an item to print.  Hope this works for you!
*  Meeting place:  Hope Valley Cafe & Market at Hope Valley Resort & Campground

A  Additional parking:  There is turn-off area on the left at Pickett Junction.  This is a large dirt staging area at the dirt road called Burnside Lake Road.  There is another off-highway turn-off when you first turn right on Highway 89 - parking headlight to taillight.

#1  Pull-out parking in dirt on the left before you get to Sorensen's.  Room for 3 or 4 small cars.  Short hike to Carson River.  Picture above is similar to this area.  Need hiking boots or boots with traction to walk down slope to River.  Link to Sorensens:  http://www.sorensensresort.com/

#2  Pull out parking in dirt on right just after you pass Sorensens.  Room for maybe 5 cars.  Short hike to Carson River banks.  Again, boots with traction recommended

#3  Restroom and parking lot at Pickett Junction.  Stay on 88 as you pass 89 turn-off at right.  Immediately after that there is a restroom and parking lot for about 6-7 cars.  Respect handicap parking spot please.  From here you can hike into meadow for a view, or, hike along a path to the river.

#4  Overlook Parking Area above Red Lake:  this is a few miles from Pickett Junction (my map is condensed).  Just before you get to Carson Pass, look for a sign saying something about Overlook of Red Lake (I don't remember the signage).  The paved parking area is on your LEFT.  Unless it is still has snow plow berms, this lot can hold a lot of cars - 15 or so.  The view is spectacular.
What to Bring:
  • Maps of the area if you have them
  • cell phones don't work here but a few random spots
  • camera
  • painting gear, painting umbrella?
  • something to carry your gear
  • hiking or snow boots as spares
  • drinking water
  • appropriate clothing - check forecast - remember we are higher up and it is colder unless there is an inversion
  • gloves? hat? sunscreen? sunglasses? ear warmers?
  • snacks/lunch/money for cafe or Sorensen's restaurant
Directions from Reno:  Take 395 (580) South to Minden, turn right on Highway 88.  Approximately 1 hour 15 min. to Pickett's Junction from central Reno.

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 19, 2015 (MONDAY) Twaddle Ranch Paint-Out

Hi Painters!  I will be having foot surgery this day so cannot be here.  Look for others or bring your friends!

Date:         January 19, 2015 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:          Historic Twaddle Ranch, Susan Lee Circle Road, Washoe Valley
Parking:       Side of the Road
Amenities:     Next to the property is a small park called "Wilson Commons Park" there is a portapottie

The Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch is a lovely, old property in Washoe Valley, just south of Bowers Mansion.  The ranch was purchased in 1869 for $5000 by John Twaddle.  A few of the original buildings still stand, including a large horse  barn, chicken house, and a beautiful stone dairy house.  The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. 

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water
  • lunch or snack
  • cell phone
  • artist umbrella, hat, sunglasses, hiking boots
  • carts might be a little awkward - this is old farm land we will be walking around weeds and irrigation ditches, totebags or backpacks might be easier.
  • Forecast calls for sunny day, highs in the high 60's.  
The mountains will have snow on them and the fields will be greening up.  

Directions:  From Incline:  
Take Mt Rose Hwy
Take 580 towards Carson City

Take Exit 50 for Bowers Mansion Road/Nev 429/Old US 395
Turn Right on Bowers Mansion Road/Alternate Old 395.  Go .4 of a mile
Turn Left on William Brendt.  Go .2mile
Left on to Susan Lee Circle Road.  The old ranch is next to Wilson Commons Park on your right.

Link to Map:


Monday, January 5, 2015

January 12, 2015 (MONDAY) Rancho San Rafael Paint-Out

Hi painters!  I will not be in attendance, but decided to post a paint-out for you folks.  Look for each other or bring your friends!

Date:          January 12, 2015 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:          May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno
Parking:       In front of the Arboretum
Meeting Place:     In the parking lot in front of the Arboretum - when you first drive into Rancho San Rafael Park, turn right into the first parking lot.
Amenities:       flush toilets, water, paved main trails and sandy arboretum trails, free parking

Here is a map of the arboretum trails.  You can also access the map via this link:

What to bring:
  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drink and snack or lunch
  • carts work here
  • folding chair if you want
  • cell phone
  • brim hat
  • appropriate clothing for the temperature
  • hiking boots if you want to go off trail
  • umbrella if the sun comes out
What you can see and paint:
  • arboretum trails have different kinds of plants and trees
  • creek with a tangle of cottonwoods
  • marshy areas of creek with cattails
  • groves of trees
  • arbors and gazebos covered with vines
  • May Museum buildings and outbuildings from former ranch
Other amenities:  Rancho San Rafael also has a dog park, a pond, an old ranch pastures.

San Rafael Regional Park is at 1595 N. Sierra Street. The main entrance from N. Sierra Street is west of the UNR campus and takes you onto San Rafael Drive, which runs along the south side of the park. From this street you can access the main features, such as the May Arboretum, May Museum, the playground, and various picnic areas. The park office phone number is (775) 785-4512.

Link to Arboretum Society:  http://www.mayarboretumsociety.org/

Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Paint-Out Schedule January to February 2015

Hi painters and Happy New Year!

I will be unable to attend some upcoming paint-outs - mostly due to foot surgery.  So I have made a schedule of paint-outs with no host, or another painter who has agreed to be host.  Please do not ask me to change this schedule or locations.  I have already prepared the posts and set them to publish the week before the event.  I will be on crutches and not able to drive for 3 weeks.

I hope you all get out and paint this winter!  See you when I see you!


Jan. 6, 2015 (TUESDAY) Washoe Lake Wetlands (I will be there)

Jan. 12, 2015 (MONDAY) Rancho San Rafael Park (no host)

January 19, 2015 (MONDAY) Twaddle Ranch (no host)

January 26, 2015 (MONDAY) Oxbow Nature Center (host: Linda Santiseven)

Feb. 2, 2015 (MONDAY) Somewhere at Lake Tahoe TBD (host: Pat Edwards)

January 6, 2015 (TUESDAY!) Washoe Lake Wetlands Paint-Out

Remember last year's paint-out?  

Happy New Year everyone!  Sorry for the lapse in paint-outs.  Between inclement weather, the holidays and being sick.... it just didn't happen....
This was taken a couple of years ago....

Date:          January 6, 2015 (This is a Tuesday this time!)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:          Washoe Lake Wetlands - at the very south end of Washoe Lake
Parking:      Free and plenty of parking

Forecast:  We will be having warmer weather - in the 30's to 40's!   Lots better than what we've been having.  Still, bring layers and gloves if you have sensitive hands!

What to bring:

  • painting gear
  • artist umbrella
  • camera
  • winter layers, warm hat or ear covers, gloves
  • waterproof boots in case snow or ice still on ground
  • sunglasses for glare if it is sunny
  • shade hat
  • cell phone
  • drink and food
  • carts work OK if no snow on the trail or boardwalk

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
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)