Coronado, the place to be and eat!

Susan and Archie
Barb L
Gordies friend Sharon from Sandusky, OH








Weds. Painters:

May 3. Annual party at Gordies house. 12263 Rue Sienne Nord. SD 92131 Direct to follow (RSVP)

From 163 exit at Pomerado/Miramar and go East on Pomerado
In about 3 miles (several traffic lights) turn right on Fairbrook.  There is a traffic light there.  It is the Street after Avenida Magnificat
3 stop signs up Fairbrook turn right on Chantamar
Next right is my street and I am on the corner

May 10. Pt Loma Lifeguard Station. Was rained out so we will try again

May 17. Old Town area. Museum at top of the hill over looking Rt 8 and old town.

May24 Kate Se

ssions Park up from Garnett in PB

Ann, Charlotte and I ate lunch at the Pizza place in the middle of the ferry landing stores and reminisced about the good old days.

May 31. Arboretum in Balboa Park

Spring sprung- so we shall too 

SPRING Extra special paintout- these photos are from a few years ago when Chuck introduced us to this special garden spot!

Saturday, April 29!  We will be at the
Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden during the Spring Garden Festival and the Butterfly Festival, providing us countless ideas for painting.    The garden has gotten better every year as the water wise plants and flowers flourish.  The rains we had this year also had a major effect on all that blooms.   As a special treat the garden plans on a butterfly release during the day to float color in the sky!  Bring your lunch and plan to spend the day painting and enjoying the festival.  Invite your artist friends too as it’s a lot of fun and a great way to spend a San Diego Spring day!  We will be at the NEW Gazebo located near the front entrance.
Popular demo artist, Chuck McPherson returns after a long hiatus.  Chuck graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Graphic Communication and a minor in Journalism.  He then went on to Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. Chuck is an artist’s artist, sharing what he knows to inspire fellow artists on their journey in watercolor and art.  Teaching confidence is his goal and he has endless information about painting secrets PLUS what is required for a great framing presentation, marketing, and pricing artwork. His demos are very entertaining and loaded with useful information. Chuck has signature status in NWS, WFWS and SDWS!  To find out more about Chuck McPherson just Google his name.
Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive, in El Cajon.
Directions:  From 94 East exit Jamacha Road, Left on Jamacha Road, Left on Cuyamaca College Drive.  From 8 East exit onto Second Street and go Right, Second Street will change into Jamacha, travel several miles and make a Right onto Cuyamaca College Drive.  Ask the volunteers for directions to the NEW Gazebo and for help with your supplies if needed. You can drop your supplies at the front entrance and then park your car and walk in. The painting location is a new one this year so ask the volunteers for directions!  We will be close to the main entrance and to the left at the New Gazebo!  It can be warm out there so come prepared.  There are food and drinks available for purchase at the garden.


Weds. painters:

April 26 Coronado Ferry Landing

Sat April 29 Demo with Chuck McPherson.  Should be “Wet and Wild!!”

The opera gives artists a rehearsal



Sketches at the San Diego Opera last night: LA TRAVIATA, Joyce, Minnie and Keiko put these up on facebook so enjoy and next time there is an opportunity to go sketch at their rehearsal, get your brushes and pencils over there.




Weds. painters:

April 26 Coronado Ferry Landing

Sat April 29

Demo Paintout with Chuck McPherson at the Water Gardens.

BlogChallenge: umbrellas

Enter now for big shows

The San Diego Watercolor Society
37th International Exhibition 2017

October 1-31, 2017
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 105
San  Diego, CA  92106

Online Entry Deadline May 5, 2017

European Confederation of Watercolour Societies (ECWS)
Exhibition and Symposia

September 27 – October 27, 2017
Spanish Watercolor Society,
Salamanca, Spain

Online Entry March 16 – April 24, 2017

Join the world of watercolor and send your best art to vacation in Europe this year for an international exhibition in Salamanca, Spain.  For more information click here.


The entry registration deadline for the 2017 Exhibition of Fine Art Show is only

Deadline: Friday, April 21 @ 11:59pm (PST)

For complete information and to register:

Included are two attachments to help assist in registration and uploading images of your artwork. If you have any questions or need assistance entering, the Entry Office is available by phone Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm at (858) 792-4207 or e-mail anytime


Weds. paintouts
BlogChallenge this month “Umbrellas”

Apr 19. Coronado Park under the bridge. Coronado side not Chicano park

Apr 26. Ferry landing in Coronado

Drop Off next Show April 29

Saturday Demo Paintouts:

 Saturday April 29 at the Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden with world famous demo artist Chuck McPherson!

 FirstFriday May 5

Twice the fun, double opportunities to paint

No traffic jams here to see the spring flowers.  Huntington Manor is ablaze with flowers galore thanks to all the rain we have had this winter.  The Manor is nestled within oak and olive trees. Huntington Manor is a beautiful place with waterfalls, flowers, chickens, koi fish and wonderful people.  The main house is a favorite subject for painting along with the various sitting areas.  The place is SPRINGTIME HEAVEN!!  The wisteria is going crazy!!   Our wonderful host Philip Butzen welcomes us back to have our demo paintout in honor of Mike Shirk, watercolor artist and life member of SDWS.  As he always does, Philip Butzen treats us with hot coffee, tea, juice and pastries to get our early morning creative juices going!
The paintout will feature award winning artist CRAIG ANDERSON!!  Craig was born and raised in upstate New York before moving to San Diego in 1988.  He works exclusively in transparent watercolor.  The trademark of his paintings is the vibrant use of color and BOLD value patterns.  He takes local color that is present in the subject and goes to the extreme to display colors that you may not notice at first glance.  Craig finds the city streets amazing due to the changing light yielding endless painting subjects in all directions.  Craig is captivated by how the California sun brings subjects to life in his other favorite subjects that are landscapes and seascapes. Wait until you see him put the shadows in a painting: it’s magic! Craig is a member of SDWS and is represented by private and corporate collections nationwide.  To find out more about Craig Anderson please visit his website, ;
Directions to Huntington Manor:  14755 Budwin Lane, Poway  858-748-3381.  From 8 take 15 North and exit Poway Rd.  Right on Poway Rd. Left on Community Road, Right on Twin Peaks Rd. Left on Budwin Lane.  From East county take 67 North, Left on Poway Rd., Right on Espola Rd., Left on Twin Peaks Rd., Right on Budwin Lane.  Please park down below where my sign will be as there is limited parking up by the house.  If you want to drive up and drop your things off that is ok.

April brings lots of opportunities to get out and paint

The Alcazar Gardens are in full bloom, we had a great time there last week.


Weds. Painters

Apr 5. Point Loma Light house (use your National Parks card to get in free)

Apr 12. Hotel Del South side entrance. Park on street or in lot across street at the Old Chart house Restaurant

Apr 19. Coronado Park under the bridge. Coronado side not Chicano park

Apr 26. Ferry landing in Coronado

FirstFriday April 7

Drop Off next Show April 29

Saturday Demo Paintouts:

Mark your calendars we have TWO paintouts in April.  

The first one is the MIKE SHIRK MEMORIAL PAINTOUT on Saturday April 8 at Huntington Manor in Poway!  

The second one is Saturday April 29 at the Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden with world famous demo artist Chuck McPherson!

BlogChallenge for April- umbrellas (rainy weather ones or restaurant patio covers)

Alcazar Gardens put us in the Pink

Last Wednesday in March brought some newbies and some Northerners. Pat and sister Barb are on their way back to Minnesota and Carolyn, came from the Northern county and joined us, I have not seen her in years! So welcome back. The gardens were calming and Gordie, Lena, Joyce, Mike, Elvern, Mary Jo, and even our favorite pooch came with Mama.



 Apr 5. Point Loma Light house (use your National Parks card to get in free)

First Friday April 7