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Plein Air at Point Molate Beach Park

Topic  Selecting pigments for a Bay Area landscape. Limited palettes. About Point Molate Beach Park Beautiful Point Molate Beach Park features a closeup view of the San Rafael Bridge and the small islands closer to shore. The beach is serene, surrounded by Monterrey pines and bare hills of undeveloped Point Molate. It was recently restored by the City of Richmond. There is lots of shade and ample parking, but no bathrooms and no running water. If you really need to pee, there are secluded areas. BYO TP. Directions to Point Molate Beach Park Take 580 towards San Rafael but get off at the last exit before the bridge on Stenmark Dr. Proceed through Stenmark Dr being careful to stay left of a fork you will soon run into after the ramp. After that you will pass a large brick building to your le...[Read More]

Plein Air at the Blake Garden

Topics Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. Aspect ratios. How to use a viewfinder. How to Get To The Blake Garden at 70 Rincon Rd, Kensington, CA and Avoid the Very Steep Streets Leading Directly To It: From Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, SF and San Leandro: Take 80 and get off on Buchanan, which turns into Marin. Cross San Pablo Ave and continue going up until you hit The Fountain at The Circle. Go around and enter Arlington Blvd. Once you pass Kenyon Ave, watch for the Kensington Public Library to your right. Make a left on Rincon and go all the way, almost to the end where you will see a wall with the very discrete garden’s entrance.   From Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole El Sobrante: Get to San Pablo Ave at Barrett. Go...[Read More]

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 7

Topic Foreground, middle ground, background. Aerial perspective. This magic lake features dozens of shaded “nooks” for curious painters to discover. A cart or a backpack will be necessary, to traverse the five minutes of stairs, paved and dirt paths to the lake’s edge. There are bathrooms and a drinking water fountain close by. Most cell phones do not get good reception. If you have never been, print the 2nd page of this paper map and bring it with you at Tilden Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park. The exact GPS Coordinates are  37.89700°N / 122.25359°W The lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd, at the very last Lake Anza parking lot. In fact this particular Lake Anza parking lot is the only thing that shows on a Google map. O...[Read More]

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 5

Topic Determining a focal point for your composition. Directions To Meeker Slough Take 580 towards the San Rafael Bridge. Get off on Marina Bay Parkway. Cross Regatta Blvd and continue through the Marina Bay development. Turn left onto Bayside Dr. Our meeting location is the round end of Bayside Dr, where there are approximately ten parking spaces for visitors of the Marina Bay development. Park there, or if this small lot is full, park along Bayside. We will walk together to Meeker Slough. Important Note Please keep in mind that the address is for the house closest to the parking lot where we will meet and that GPS will take you elsewhere if you follow the GPS alone. Follow the written instructions once you get to Richmond, and you will find the parking lot very easily. The closest bathro...[Read More]

Plein Air Fridays Session 10

Topic Avoiding the dangers of overpainting Directions From San Francisco or Oakland Take 80 north and get off on Ashby. Make a right on 7th Street, and another right on Folger Ave. Make a left on Hollis, and a right on 67th Street. Make a right on Shellmound St. In rapid succession, Shellmound turn into Bay St, which turns into  turns into Bolivar Dr. You may not see signs of this, but watch for a roundabout. That roundabout is known as Aquatic Park South lot. We will meet there. Directions from Berkeley, El Cerrito or Albany Take San Pablo Avenue and turn west on 67th Street. Go all the way until the end. Make a right on Shellmound St. In rapid succession, Shellmound turn into Bay St, which turns into  turns into Bolivar Dr. You may not see signs of this, but watch for a roundabout. That ...[Read More]