plein air

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 ...[Read More]

Plein Air at Fleming Point, Albany

About Fleming Point Unobstructed views of Albany Bulb and of Albany hill to the north, and of the Golden Gate Fields racetrack’s hill to the south. To the west you’ll be able to see San Francisco, Marin County and Tiburon. A great place to paint the beach, the bay, and sweeping views of Albany itself. There are no bathrooms and there is no shade at this beach, so be sure to bring something for shade that can withstand the wind at this location. If setting your easel at the beach itself, note that the ground is uneven. Wear closed, sturdy shoes to protect your feet from sharp objects. Fleming Point has an interesting history as the site of the garbage wars of the turn of the century. Avoid the Buchanan Route The map displayed on this page only shows the closest address, which is...[Read More]

Plein Air at Crest Avenue, Richmond

About Crest Ave The Crest Avenue trailhead is located in Point Richmond, midway up a gorgeous hill that affords a 360 degree view of the industrial parts of Richmond, Miller Knox Park, Ferry Point, Albany, Berkeley and the bay. The trailhead curves as it goes up and there are paintable views all long. You will be able to park pretty close to the trailhead, but there is room for about ten cars. Please be mindful of this and park close to the others. It is a breezy to windy location. Please come dressed with this in mind and bring bungee cords and stakes if you have them. Alternatively, you may bring plastic bags to tie to your easel to hold it down. Directions to Crest Ave From Berkeley, take 580 towards Marin and get off at Gerrard. Get off on Castro St exit and make a left on Castro Stree...[Read More]

Plein Air at Miller Knox Park

Topic  Editing Elements out of your painting to improve your composition. About Miller Knox Regional Park The west section is dominated by a lagoon, and borders San Francisco Bay. The fenced Santa Fe Railroad tracks keep you away from the shoreline. A 1-mile paved walking trail  winds through a manicured park with attractive shade trees, picnic tables, a playground and placid Canada geese. The area near the lagoon looks out on San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and Angel Island. There are bathrooms at this park and water. There is shade under the many trees and ample parking. You’ll want a backpack or a cart with wheels to traverse the grassy expanse. Directions On 580 go in the direction of San Rafael but get of at the Point Richmond Exit. Take the lane fartherst left on the ramp a...[Read More]

Plein Air at the Blake Garden

Topics Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. How to find a good spot and begin a plein air painting. 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 Av...[Read More]

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