Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 30, 2015 (Monday) Repeat paint-out at Sun Valley Regional Park

Sun Rock Trail is easy and only .5 miles
Last Monday three of us went here despite the wind.  Two of us huddled in the shelter of the rock formations on the leeward side and did sketches or watercolor, and one sketched the rocks from her car. I sketched the puffy clouds for study. This place has a lot of fun things to paint on a good (non-windy) day, so I am repeating this location since the forecast looks great - 70 degrees or so!  Maybe some clouds.  Hopefully no winds....

Date:          March 30, 2015 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:        Sun Valley Regional Park (free)
Meet:          Parking area at the end, near covered picnic pavilions
Amenities:   bathrooms, picnic tables, lots of bench seats and various view spots and boulder stacks, easy trails near parking lot

What you can paint:  This is a great place to practice rocks!  There are interesting rock formations everywhere - even one right in front of your car.  Also trees, hills and views.  If there are clouds this day - it is high up and should have great views of clouds.

What to bring:

  • art gear
  • camera
  • cell phone (service is great)
  • art umbrella
  • appropriate clothing (check forecast)
  • bag to put rocks in to weigh your tripod down in case of wind
  • good walking shoes
  • food and drink

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

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