Paint Outs

A Paint-out is also known as painting en plein air, or "in the open air." ​Valle del Sur's paint-outs are open to all adults wanting to join at scheduled locations for a day of creating art in nature.

  • Paint-outs usually begin at 9 am and we usually paint until noon.
  • We usually paint on a Thursday. Special Paint-outs will be announced from time to time.​

Our theme for 2018 will be:

  • Foothills
    We have so many beautiful vistas of our local hills. We will visit many sites this year to capture a small segment of them.

Locations and dates to be determined. The tentative schedule is:


March 22 2018 -  Harvey Bear County Park

Paint some foothills near around this old homestead, now a park in San Martin. See for some photos of common wildflowers at the ranch. Park at the entrance at the east End of San Martin Avenue.

Harvey Bear Park WebSite 

Harvey Bear Ranch-Coyote Lake Park Map

Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park is located at:  10840 Coyote Reservoir Rd Gilroy, CA 95020.
Bear Ranch - from U.S. Highway 101 in San Martin, take the San Martin Ave exit. Proceed east on San Martin Ave for 2 miles. The entrance to the park is on the left, 0.25 mile east of Foothill Avenue.


5 April 2018 - Saint Francis Retreat Center, San Juan Bautista

Beautiful Oaks and long vistas over the plain.

549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045


23-27 April - Paint Away - Point Reyes - Tomales Bay

See 2018 Paint Away for details


3 May 2018 - -- Henry Coe State Park Bell station entrance

Paint foothills and Lover's Leap from the picnic tables near the gate at the back entrance to Henry Coe Park.

Take 152 east to Bell Station, turn left just before Bell Station. Follow the gravel road behind the Restaurant that leads to the back entrance to Coe Park.

near Bell Station Restaurant at 15110 Pacheco Pass Highway, Gilroy CA


17 May 2018 - Santa Teresa County Park

Paint the rolling hills and oaks of Santa Teresa Park. Take Bernal Road west into the park. Paint from Pueblo Day Use Area.

Santa Teresa Park Map 


14 June 2018 - Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

4289 Casa Loma Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.
From Morgan Hill take, Edmundson, Llagas or Willow Springs west to Oak Glen Road. Travel north on Oak Glen, then north on McKean to Casa Loma Road. Drive to end of public access portion.
From Highway 101, turn west onto Bailey Avenue. At the intersection with McKean Road turn left. Where McKean Road becomes Uvas Road turn right onto Casa Loma Road. Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve is at the end of the public access portion of the road. Map to Rancho


19 July  2018 - Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Paint this newer 348 acre preserve.

Coyote Valley Open Space website

550 Palm Avenue. Take St. Teresa Avenue north. Turn left (west) onto Palm Avenue.


16 August 2018 - Guglielmo Winery

There is a fine view of the foothills looking south east. 1480 E. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037



13 September 2018-  Jackson Ranch

Views of the old ranch house and Anderson Lake. Note: The ranch house etc are off limits.

Take East Dunne avenue over the bridge and park at the sharp turn in the road near the old ranch house.


October 26 2018 - -- Henry Coe State Park Headquarters area

Paint the foothills from above.

Follow east Dunne to the park. Drive past the old ranch buildings to get a good vista.


8 November 2018 -  Late Afternoon at Clos -- Valley Oaks and Vines

2pm to Sunset. (Or Lunch at 1pm: bring a bag lunch to have with a glass of wine on the terrace before you start painting.)

1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin. CA 95036. Directions

2018 - Monday April 23 through Thursday April 27 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE!)

Location TBD

Painting Focus under discussion.

The new plan for this year will be a short commute location.

Our PaintOut Scouting Team will identify some great potential paint sites.

There is no firm schedule for the PaintAway and no instruction. Just Paint, sleep, Paint, eat, Paint and talk about Paint. Transportation and accommodations are your own responsibility. If you wish to stay at the target residence and share a room, please make your own arrangements with your fellow artists.


If you plan on joining the PaintAway, please let Mona Fusco (fuscofarm at verizon netknow so that we can be sure we sync up on site. 

Weather permitting the tentative schedule is:

Monday: travel, late afternoon sketches(or skip Monday paints)

Tuesday: paint location am tbd, pm perhaps sunset

Wednesday: paint location tbd, perhaps Moss Landing

Thursday: am quick paint near residence, travel home



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