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 9am and we usually paint until noon.
  • We will paint on the 4th Thursday. Special Paint-outs will be announced from time to time.​

We will have two themes for 2017.

  • Wildflowers
    Because of the abundance of rain, the wildflowers in our local parks should be spectacular but their season will be short. We will have a special series of paints to paint wildflowers from late March thru mid May.
  • Modern Morgan Hill 
    Our monthly paintouts will then focus on a loose theme of contemporary local scenes of Morgan Hill activities and life.
    Subject matter can be anything in contemporary Morgan Hill. It can include the newer city buildings and sites and "modern" downtown. Please do not try to create Architectural Renderings of buildings, but rather interpret parts of the buildings and local activities that reflect our modern lives. Paint sites have been chosen which provide a variety of vistas, activities and subject matter.


March 23 2017 -  Wildflowers in Harvey Bear County Park

Paint some wildflowers 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.


6 April 2016 - Wildflowers along Coyote Creek Trail

Capture the wildflowers in Coyote Valley near the Creek Trail.

CHANGE: The bridge has washed out. so we will access in another location.

NEW DIRECTIONS: take highway 101 to Cochrane and head east toward the dam. Turn left on Malaguerra Ave.  You will pass about 3 streets on your left and the parking lot is after that. Meet in the parking lot at 9. Please let Mona know if you are coming so we can wait for you.


From Monterey Road, take Barnhart Road east along the way to Skypark, Morgan Hill.

Coyote Creek Trail Map 



April 20 2017 - Wildflowers at 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


April 27 2017 - Morgan Hill Panorama View of Anderson Dam from Cochrane Commons

Before they build more shops and houses, lets capture this beautiful view of Anderson Dam and the surrounding foothills.

Park and paint from the paved area to the east of the Red Robin Restaurant (1045 Cochrane Rd).


11 May 2017 - Wildflowers in Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Paint the wildflowers in this newer 348 acre preserve.

Coyote Valley Open Space website

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


May 25 2017 - Morgan Hill, Community Cultural Center

Capture some of the charm of our town's cultural center. Paint the restored Community Playhouse, the Rose Terrace, the open air Auditorium or a quiet niche inside or out.

Monterey Road at Dunne Avenue. Parking accessible from Dunne at Church.


June 22 2017 - Morgan Hill, Justice Building / South County Courthouse

301 Diana avenue at Butterfield. Park in the back (west) side near the railroad tracks for interesting vistas.


July 27 2017 - Morgan Hill, Centennial Recreation Center/Llagas Trail/Edmunson Park

Paint a part the of modern center, Evelyn's Bobcat sculpture, the Llagas Creek Trail, the Skatepark or even a Edmundson Park vista during this PaintOut.

171 Edmundson Avenue. Parking accessible from Edmunson Avenue.


August 24 2017 - Morgan Hill, Library and City Hall

Paint the grounds, the statues, the park or the vistas or the library patrons.

Anderson Park Map Parking the lot along Cochrane Road.


September 21 2017 -  Morgan Hill -- 2nd and Monterey

This intersection has much potential subject matter: old buildings, the Granada marquee, sidewalk dining, views to El Toro, kiddie park with a huge chair.

(Note: the date is the 3rd Thursday instead of the 4rd to avoid any potential conflict with Taste of Morgan Hill activities in the downtown area.)


October 3-5 2017 - Paint Away in Carmel-by-the-Sea-- stay at Carmel Town  House Lodge

See 2017 Paint Away for details. Paint Point Lobos, Carmel Beach, Tour Galleries with fellow artists.


October 26 2017 - Morgan Hill, Depot at Third

Paint the Train Station, Statue of H. Morgan Hill and Family, new parking structure, or views to El Toro.


November 9 2017 -  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

2017  - Tuesday October 3 through Friday October 6

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Painting Focus will be Ocean Vistas. Late afternoons will be gallery walks.

Our target accommodations will be Carmel Town House Lodge at 5th and San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921. ( or use a booking website, check-in time is 3pm, checkout 11am).  If you plan on going, get your room booked soon in case somebody else schedules a wedding or other event that would take the rooms.

Commute time from Morgan Hill is 1 hour depending on traffic.  Some may wish to just join for the daytime activities.


Our PaintOut Scouting Team has identified some great potential paint sites. And for post paint times, the Town Lodge is within easy walking distance of the downtown galleries and restaurants.


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 Lodge 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 net) and me (kgarne at yahoo com) know so that we can be sure we sync up on site. 

Weather permitting the following will be possible paint locations:

Wednesday , Oct 4: 9am Point Lobos, China Cove, 2pm Whalers Cove

Thursday, Oct 5: 9am Carmel, Ocean at 13th, 2pm: Carmel Mission

Friday, Oct 6: tbd by group

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