An inspiring day in San Francisco

Our members' plein air outing this month was a Bart trip across the bay to the San Francisco Ferry Building.  It was just a small group which included Carol Husslein, her husband Don, and Pat Strout.

It was a glorious day! Carol and Pat found a comfortable spot on the back side of the ferry building to sit and they ended up enjoying a long conversation - they had tea and talked for hours. How often do artists get to do that together?

They moved inside and shared cheese, meats, bread, olives and wine at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant...then chocolate! Neither artist actually made a mark on their paper all day, but they took plenty of reference photos to use later. 

Sometimes our plein air excursions are about socializing with fellow artists, sometimes it's all about getting in some quality painting time - but either way it's sure to be a lovely day in a location brimming with creative inspiration. Join us next month for a trip north to Cline Cellars in Sonoma - visit our Activities page for details.


August Sketch Night

Lynda Helen Weir
A small group of artists enjoyed a self-guided walking tour of historic homes in downtown Concord (click here for the map). Lots of sketchworthy architecture among these residential and commercial gems! Many thanks to CAA member Lynda for these photos.


Member Art Show at Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek

Each year, several CAA members hang their work in the Aspen Surgery Center in Walnut Creek, which is part of John Muir Hospital. These paintings bring lots of color and happiness to the center's long hallway between the waiting room and the surgical suites.

Our show this year will be on display from August 8th through September 16th. The center is also accessible to the general public during their regular business hours - Monday through Friday, 7am - 6pm. The address is 133 La Casa Via, Suite 150, Walnut Creek. Parking is available in the adjacent garage.

The surgery staff, the patients and their families get so much pleasure from viewing the art - we're delighted to bring a little extra joy to people who are likely feeling anxious or stressed. Here are the featured artists:

  • Bobbe Anderson
  • Carol Husslein
  • Cathy McNutt
  • Claudia Bubeck
  • Jeslyn Cantrell
  • Julie Limberg
  • Kathleen Robinson
  • Mary Frances Crabtree
  • Michelle Cicala
  • Mike Kunka
  • MJ Coleman
  • Monica Meza
  • Pat Strout
  • Phyllis Brady
  • Sharon Petersen


Plein air painting at Port Costa

Betsy painted a sidewalk scene

Port Costa is small historic town nestled in the hills beside the Carquinez Shoreline with fewer than 200 residents, but it's filled with lots of local charm for artists!

Carol worked on painting the bull and the archway


Sketch night at Salvio Pacheco Square

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Our members had fun drawing and painting in Salvio Pacheco Square for our July sketch night. The fountain, planters and arches give way to relaxation and creativity. There was a vintage car show in Todos Santos Plaza, too. Thanks to Lynda, Sandy and Jan for providing these photos!

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By Jan MacKenzie

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Mary Frances
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By Jan MacKenzie

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By Lynda Helen Weir

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M J Coleman

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Fourth of July Festival

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Several CAA members joined with CCofA members to show and sell their wares in the Art & Craft Pavilion at Concord's 3rd Annual Fourth of July Festival. Bringing art and creativity to the community - that's the way we like it!


June sketch night

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Denise - sketching the neighbors

We took our pencils and paper to Todos Santos Park during a Music & Market night and drew whatever was in front of us, as we listened to live music and enjoyed the friendly hustle and bustle of our community.

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Julie - figure drawing

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Lisa - playing with pastel pencils

We also took a walk down to the aRt Cottage for an artists' reception. In addition to all the wonderful art, we got our flower fix in with a tour of the owner's lovely garden behind the gallery.

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Plein air painting at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Rocks at Ruth Bancroft Garden by Carol Husslein - watercolor

Several of our members enjoyed visiting The Ruth Bancroft Garden - always very inspiring with so many gorgeous settings to paint!

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Betsy Trtek

There's still time to enjoy the current sculpture exhibit in the garden for your own plein air excursion.


June mini art show

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1st place:  Discovery by Lou Ann Styles - watercolor

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2nd place (tied):  Waterfall by Cathy McNutt - acrylic

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2nd place (tied):  Mother and Child by Bobbe Anderson - acrylic

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3rd place:  Fields of Urubamba by Marie Tapia - mixed media

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Quiet in the Storm by Claudia Bubeck - acrylic

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Where To Now? by Betty McBride - watercolor


June Vega's art reception

CAA member June Vega recently hosted a reception for her art exhibit, which is on display through the end of June at the Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek.

This venue is part of our rotating gallery program - our members' artwork hangs above the books all year long!

We love artist receptions - and not just for the food and drink! It's a great time to get together with fellow artists and friends, and it's a wonderful opportunity to talk with the hosting artist about her work.

Many thanks to Annegret van Gemeren for sharing some photos of the reception!


Plein air painting at St. Mary's College

It was a lovely day for capturing the iconic mission-style chapel on canvas with a visit to the St. Mary's College campus.

Members get together monthly to visit beautiful paint-worthy spots all over the Bay Area. Even if you've never tried plein air painting before, our trips are the perfect way to give it a try. Paint, sketch or photograph an inspiring vista, outdoors in the fresh air - you'll love it!

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Printing with linocuts

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At our May meeting, we learned how to print with linocuts - loading the brayer with ink, inking the linocut (hand-carved linoleum), then pressing a sheet of paper on top to transfer the ink with a wood spoon or Japanese baren.

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Linocut on left, print(s) on right
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A tracing of a photo is transferred to linoleum for carving

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May sketch night

CAA sketch night

Our monthly sketch nights are a great way to unwind from the stress of the day, meet up with fellow artists, try out your new pencils or pens, and spend some quality time in search of artistic inspiration. In May, we hung out in the International Garden at the Markham Arboreteum - it was serene and gorgeous!

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Carol J.

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Sharon P.
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Catherine H.