outdoor painting

Plein Air at Aquatic Park South, Berkeley

About Aquatic Park South
The south end of Aquatic Park is closest to Emeryville. It is delimited by Bolivar Dr,  highway 80, and the end of some Emeryville streets, not all of which lead to Aquatic Park. There is actually only one route to our meeting point. The vast expanse of this shallow lake becomes orange during the summer, as toxic algae blooms float on its surface. There is a porta-potty and plenty of shade but no running water. Parking becomes more limited after 1:00 pm, so arrive early if you need to park close to our painting spot.

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 roundabout is known as Aquatic Park South lot. We will meet there.

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. Or look at the 2nd page of this Tilden Park map. 

Come early. It might take you longer to get there. If you are late, cross the green flat area next to the parking lot and go towards the levee. We will be at the other side of the levee.

If coming from Richmond, el Cerrito, Berkeley or Albany:
Tell your Google to take you to 600 Parkside Ct. This private home is located next to the  Canon Dr’s entrance, which is off the Grissly Peak and Spruce intersection. We’ll use it as a way to tell your phone to get you to Canon Dr. Descend on Canon Dr into Tilden Park until you see a Lake Anza sign pointing to your left. After that many of you will lose your cell phone’s reception so follow these directions. The road to your left is Central Park Drive, but there might not be a sign. Make a left on Central Park Drive. You’ll see a succession of signs naming picnic areas and trailheads. They are (in this order): Big Leaf, Lone Oak, Meadows, Stream, Fern. Pass the Merry-Go-Round sign. Turn left on Lake Anza. Once you are on Lake Anza Rd, pass Buckeye and Brook to get to the Lake Anza parking lot at the very end of the road.

If coming from Emeryville, Oakland, Lafayette:

The Shasta Rd entrance at 1180 Park Hills Rd, Berkeley is your best bet. There is a map here. Go north on Grizzly Peak, then turn right on Shasta Rd. Make an immediate left on Park Hills Rd. Stay to the left at the fork on Park Hills Rd. Continue on Park Hills Rd, then cross Wildcat Canyon by making a right and an immediate left onto Central Park Dr. There may not be a sign. Go left until you get to the multiple intersection. Make an extreme right on Lake Anza Rd and pass Buckeye and Brook signs. We’ll meet at the Lake Anza parking lot at the very end of the road.

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 bathrooms are located at Shimada Park, five minutes away via Bay Trail.