DaGroup paint-outs are every Sunday (or sometimes Saturday). 

Painting times are generally from 11am to 3pm ... refer to schedule below. Critiques will be at the end time, at locations deemed best at the time. Paintout locations are subject to change due to current events and/or weather ... Check this schedule a couple of days before to verify location and obtain more details, such as directions.  Bring a bag lunch. Come and enjoy the day.

Rain cancels

Details are below.


2017 (schedule subject to change; check website before you head out)

Aug 20 - Pt. Richmond Miller/Knox Park


Park info and map: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/miller_knox

To Reach The Park

From I-580 West in Richmond, exit at Canal Boulevard. Turn left (south) at the light onto Canal Boulevard and proceed for about 0.75 miles to Seacliff Drive. Turn right onto Seacliff Drive and proceed about 1.44 miles (Seacliff Drive becomes Brickyard Cove Road) to Dornan Drive. Turn right onto Dornan Drive. The park entrance is less than 0.5 miles ahead on the left.

Aug 27 - Fort Baker

Directions from Benicia (bridge tolls): West on hwy 780; south on hwy 80 (15m); take exit 14Bfor Carlson Blvd and turn right onto Carlson Blvd (0.4m); use the middle land to turn left onto Bayview Ave (0.1m), and take a sharp right to merge onto hwy 580 west toward San Rafael (bridge toll) (9.5m); take exit 2A for Sir Francis Drake Blvd and continue onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd (1.5m); use the 2 left lanes to merge onto hwy 101 south via ramp to SF (8.4m); take exit 442 toward Sausalito and take a sharp right onto Alexander Ave (signs for Sausalito) (0.3m); take a slight left onto Danes Dr. (0.1m); turn right onto Bunker Rd (0.6m); turn right onto Murray circle rd; keep right to go on Moore Rd; take a left onto Sommerville Road; go up to dirt road and turn right onto New Breitung Rd; right onto Marina Rd which circles you around Presidio Yacht Club to a big dirt parking lot at the point … this gives views of the bridge, marina, bay, SF skyline, and Sausalito. (if you stay on Moore Rd to the end parking lot, you will be at the foot of the bridge)

Directions from Benicia (no toll): East on hwy 780; north on hwy 80; west on hwy 37; south on hwy 101; take exit 422 toward Sausalito; sharp right onto Alexander Ave (signs for Sausalito) 0.3m; sharp left onto Danes Dr (0.1m); turn right onto Bunker Rd 0.6m; turn right onto Murray Circle 0.1m; turn left onto Sommerville Rd 0.2m … go along shore then up between small buildings then right onto Marina Rd which takes you to the overlook of the marina and view of Golden Gate Bridge.

Sept 3 - Olsen Road off of hwy 12 Wind Turbines

Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 680 north (12.8m); take hwy I-80 east toward Fairfield/Sacramento (1.7m); use two right lanes to take exit 43 for hwy 12 east toward Rio Vista (about 15m); turn right onto Olson Road (there is a sign for Olson Rd … after turning off hwy 12, stay straight onto gravel road) … Paint anywhere along Olson Road. Three favorite spots are the wides spots along the first straight stretch of Olson Road just before a dip; another just past when Olson Road takes a sharp right; and another a little before Olsen Road hits Shiloh/Collinsville Road by the farm.

Sept 9-16 - Haypress Lake Camping Paintout Adventure


Sept 10 - GLEN COVE

Directions: West on Hwy 780; take Glen Cove Road exit and go left; continue onto Glen Cove Parkway (1.5m); turn left onto Glen Cove Marina Road and go to end of road and into marina parking lot. There are overview paint sites just before marina entrance as well.

Sept 17 - Big Break Regional Park, Antioch.

Part of east bay park system. Spectacular views and in a safe area. Fully staffed with an interpretive center and bathrooms. On the water overlooking the delta. Bring wheels to cart your stuff on good paths.

Directions (28 miles, 30 minutes): Take hwy 680 south; then take hwy 4 east (17.5m); take the CA-160 exit toward Stockton/Rio Vista (1.2m); take the hwy 4 exit toward Stockton/Oakley (0.3m); turn right onto Main St (1.1m); turn left onto Big Break Rd (0.3m) turn right, destination will be on the left. 

Sept 24 - Rodeo Beach. In the Golden Gate Recreation area.

Directions: (avoiding bridge tolls) West on hwy 780; east on hwy 80; west on hwy 37; south on hwy 101 (18.9m); take last exit before Golden Gate Bridge toward Sausalito; take a sharp right onto Alexander Ave (signs for Sausalito) 0.3m; slight left onto Danes Dr (0.1m); continue onto Bunker Rd (3.0m); slight left onto Mitchell Rd (0.5m); park in lot at end of road or on the left on the way in.

Oct 1 - MT. DIABLO STATE PARK, curry point/Rock city

        Directions: Take hwy 680 south (18.8m); take El Cerro Blvd exit and turn left onto El Cerro Blvd (0.9m); continue onto Diablo Road; Continue onto Blackhawk Road (240 ft); turn left onto Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd (1.1m); continue onto S Gate Road to Curry Point (about a mile past Rock City) (4.4m) ... watch for bicycles all the way up to and through park. $10 entrance fee.

Oct 8 - End of West H Street, Benicia

Directions: Take Benicia's E 2nd St exit from hwy 780; go towards water on E 2nd St; take a right onto Military E; take a left onto W 2nd St; take a right onto W H St; go to end. Enjoy the day.

Oct 15 - Green Valley Road and Mason Road (Green Valley Cellars winery)

Directions from Benicia: North on hwy 680; take exit toward Green Valley Rd/Cordelia; turn right onto Central Way (signs for Cordelia/Green Valley Road) (0.2m); turn right onto US 30/Cordelia Road (1.0m); take the 1st right onto Lopes Road (0.5m); continue onto Green Valley Road; turn left onto Mason Road and drive towards GV Winery. Paint anywhere along the way.

Oct 22 - Old Lakeville Road No. 3

Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 780 west; then north onto hwy 80; then west onto hwy 37 (15.5m); turn right at 2nd light onto Lakeville Hwy (2.2m); turn right (signed) at Old Lakeville No 3 Road. Paint anywhere along road.

Oct 29 - Port Costa

Directions: Take hwy 780 west; take hwy 80 south; take Pomona St exit toward Crockett; turn left onto Pomona St (1.3m); Pomona St turns slightly left and becomes Carquinez Scenic Dr (or George Miller Trail) (1.6m); turn left onto Canyon Lake Drive; go to end where there is a parking lot. Explore the town and find a site.

Nov 5 (daylight savings) - SUISUN CITY

Directions: Take hwy 680 north; take hwy 12 East toward Suisun City/Rio Vista; take the Civic Center Blvd exit toward Suisun City/Main Street; turn right onto Lotz Way (signs for Business District/Main Street); turn left onto Main St; go down main street and then take any left to the Marina - explore. Also can go to end of Kellogg St to view of marshes.

Nov 12 - Napa Valley Marina, 1200 Milton Rd

Directions: go west on Hwy 780, then east on hwy 80 (2.8m), go west on hwy 37 (1.4m), take CA-29 exit and turn right onto CA-29 north (9.5m), use 2 lanes to turn left onto CA-12W/CA-121 (1.4m), turn left onto Cuttings Wharf Rd (1.8m), slight right onto Las Amigas Rd (0.3m), turn left to stay on Las Amigas Rd (0.3m), Continue straight onto Milton Rd (0.8m). Paint at Marina for water and boat scenes, or along the way in for vineyard and countryside scenes.

Nov 19 - Lafayette Reservoir


Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 780 West; then hwy 80 South; take University Ave (exit 11) exit; turn left onto University Ave; go all the way down to the end and turn right onto Seawall Drive; go to end of Seawall Drive and turn left into HS Lordships parking lot, then circle back to the cove end of the parking lot … benches by the cove. Or paint on the other side of Seawall Dr and look toward SF. If windy drive back around the marina to find sheltered spots (the other side of Seawall Drive).

Dec 3 - Sonoma Town Square


Directions from Benicia: West on hwy 780; south on hwy 80; take Pomona Street exit toward Crockett (first exit over bridge); left onto Pomona; left onto Port Street and continue on Dowrelio Drive to end parking lot.

Dec 17 - GRIZZLY PEAK ROAD (overlooking Oakland)

Directions from Benicia: Take hwy 680 South; take hwy 24 west; take Fish Ranch Road exit (last exit before tunnel) and go right; take left at stop sign onto Grizzly Peak Road; go about a mile to wide pull off spot on right with gorgeous view ... paint anywhere along Grizzly Peak Road.


Directions: Take East 5th street exit off of hwy 780 in Benicia; go down towards water until the end of the street, then turn right into big long parking area.

Dec 31 - Benicia/Straits Overlook  (Benicia view above Marshall’s home)

Directions: Take East 2nd St. exit off of hwy 780; go down the hill towards the water on East 2nd St; turn right on East N St (before the traffic light); park around the first stop sign … the little park is on the left. One can also drive to the end of East N St. and then go into the church parking lot (if not full from a Sunday service) and paint at the lower end of the parking lot for more views (or park on the street and walk your painting stuff up there.