Peninsula Outdoor Painters  

9: 30 Tuesdays.  Bring a bag lunch.  Come and Enjoy the day.

We have a large group, so this year we are spreading out.   

On some of the dates there are also alternate locations to choose from.  

If you have a digital camera, take photos of your groups paintings. Email the photos to Sue Wilson <pleinairlinks@mac.com> and we will post the photos on the website.

Rules for the Open Space Preserves.....and actually, any or our sites.

Yield to equestrians.

Avoid blocking the trails.

Stay on designated trails....that is a little tricky for us, since we cannot block the paths....use your common sense and set up off to the side if it is a narrow path.

Do not dump any dirty paint water or solvents.

Leave your painting area spotless.

Peninsula Outdoor Painters

We are scheduling only one site for every two weeks this year with few exceptions. We are encouraging artists to use the whole day.  

Too tired to paint all day....then paint in the morning and stay for lunch, or come for lunch and an afternoon painting session.  We are hoping more people will be painting in the afternoons, so that when you come in the afternoon, you can expect to see other artists.  A WINTER PLUS....IT WILL BE WARMER IN THE AFTERNOONS!

Dear POPs Artists, 

We are pleased to provide you with the POPs painting sites for Jan. - June 2020. We hope that you will be able to join us for painting adventures in 2020!

Best, Sue M, Steffani P, Rita B and Inge K

POPS SCHEDULE – JAN. – JUNE 2020 Cancelled until further notice due to COVID19 - send in Art-at-Home painting photo once a week here.

Jan. – Mar. - Sue M, Steffani P

Jan. 7, Jan. 14 -- COYOTE POINT, 1701 Coyote Point Dr. Recreation Area, San Mateo, http://parks.smcgov.org/coyote-point-recreation-area

Free for seniors.

Travel around on Coyote Point Dr. to the marina with views of boats, golf course, eucalyptus trees.

Directions: South from SF. Take Hwy. 101 South. Take the Poplar Avenue exit. Turn right onto Humboldt until Peninsula Avenue. Turn right onto Peninsula Avenue. Go over the freeway, and then circle around and into the Park.

North from Los Altos. Take Hwy. 101 North. Take the Peninsula Avenue exit. Turn right onto Airport Blvd. Turn left onto Coyote Point Drive to the park.

Jan. 21, Jan. 28 – PESCADERO STATE BEACH, southern-most entrance at the intersection of Highway 1 and Pescadero Creek Road (which takes you to the village of Pescadero), https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=522

Meet for lunch at the picnic table. State park bathrooms.

Directions: From Peninsula, Hwy 92 West: Head South on Highway 1 for 14 miles and the southern entrance will be on your right. 

From San Francisco, South on Highway 1. Continue on Hwy 1 past Half Moon Bay. It is about 14 miles from HMB to the Beach. The southern entrance will be on your right. 

Feb. 4, Feb. 11 -- SHELLDANCE ORCHID GARDENS, 2000 Coast Highway, Pacifica; www.shelldance.com

Orchids, bromeliads and lots of unusual plants in greenhouses. Hanging mosses, ferns, palms, etc. create a wonderful indoor rainforest. Views of coast. See the website for their very interesting history.



           From the Peninsula, (Hwy. 280 North): take Hwy. 92 (West) exit to Hwy. 1 (North). Continue North through the Tunnel to Pacifica. Shelldance is just past the 4th traffic light at Reina del Mar. Continue on Hwy.1, past the gas station and police station then make a right at the Orchid sign. Continue driving up the winding road to the top where there is a large parking lot.

           Alternative from Peninsula, take Hwy. 280 (North) to Hwy. 35: Continue on Skyline. Turn left at Sharp Park. Turn right on Francisco for short block. Merge onto Hwy. 1. Make a U turn at Reina del Mar, drive 0.3 miles up the hill then make a right turn at the Orchard Gardens sign.

           From San Francisco, (Hwy.1 South): to Reina Del Mar, Pacifica, make a U-turn and continue 0.3 miles then make a right turn at the Orchid Gardens sign.


Parking available; restroom inside. Lunch inside or outside depending upon weather.


Feb. 18, Feb. 25 – MCCLELLAN RANCH PERSERVE, 22221 McClellan Rd., Cupertino; https://www.cupertino.org/our-city/departments/parks-recreation/outdoor-activities/mcclellan-ranch-preserve  

Preserve includes the original ranch house, milk barn, livestock barn, a replica of Baer's Blacksmith Shop and the old water tower from Parish Ranch. There is also a community garden, nature museum and hiking trails along creek. There is a covered porch in case of rain.

Directions: From North or South. From I-280, take the Foothill Expressway exit toward Grant Road. Keep right at the folk. Follow the signs for Foothill Blvd. and merge onto Foothill Blvd. Turn left onto McClellan Rd. Turn right to stay on McClellan Rd. At bottom of hill there is a large sign for the Ranch. Turn left into parking lot.

Mar. 3, Mar. 10 – PRESIDEO MAIN PARADE GROUND, https://www.presidio.gov/places/main-parade-ground

The Main Parade Ground is located in the heart of the Presidio between Montgomery, Lincoln, Graham, and Sheridan Streets, just a short walk from the Presidio Visitor Center. Framed by rows of historic buildings and magnificent San Francisco Bay views, the Main Parade is the perfect green space for enjoying a relaxing moment in the outdoors.


Directions:  Take Hwy. 280 N. to SF, continue along 19th Ave., enter GG Park (get in right lane), as you exit GG Park, continue straight on Park Presidio Blvd., turn right onto California St., turn left onto Arguello Blvd., follow Arguello Blvd. and enter the Presidio at the Arguello Gate, continue down Arguello Blvd., to the fourth stop sign, turn right onto Sheridan St., turn left at Anza St.  Parking lots will be across the lawn from the Disney Museum, parking fee:  $1.50/hr.


Mar. 17, Mar. 24 -- TWIN PINES PARK, Belmont, 1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont,


Small scale, but lots of interesting little vignettes: tree specimens, creek, nature trails, mansion that is now an art center.



           From North or South via 101: Take the Ralston Ave exit, West. Follow Ralston less than a mile to the park, on your left, shortly after you cross El Camino Real.

           From North or South via 280: Take 92 East to Ralston Ave and follow it down 3.2 miles to the park, on your right. 


Parking and bathrooms and eating spots nearby. Do get there early, as parking can get full quickly. (You can also park in the adjacent city lots and along Ralston Ave.)


For lunch meet at the Meadow picnic area.


Mar. 31 (One Visit Only) – BEAN HOLLOW STATE BEACH, https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=527

Directions: From Peninsula, Hwy 92 West: Head South on Highway 1, 17.5 miles past Half Moon Bay; 3 miles past Pescadero.   

From San Francisco, South on Highway 1. Continue on Hwy 1 past Half Moon Bay. 17.5 miles past Half Moon Bay; 3 miles past Pescadero.

April – June 2020, Inge K, Rita B


April 7 – (One Visit Only) Burleigh H. Murray Ranch, https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=535

Purchased by the State of California in 1983, this historic ranch property is hidden in a pristine valley south of Half Moon Bay. The area offers solitude, groves of mature eucalyptus and a rich assortment of wildlife. With the addition of Rancho Raymundo at the east boundary, park property extends from Higgins Purisima Road in the west to Skyline Blvd. in the east.

NOTE: Bring plenty of water, since there is none on the property.

Directions: The park is on the San Mateo Coast near Half Moon Bay, just over a mile south of the intersection of Highways 1 and 92.

Turn east off Highway 1 onto Higgins-Purisima Road. Drive past the Johnstone House and proceed about 1-1/2 miles to the park. A small graveled parking area is set aside for visitors just inside the park gate.



Directions: From the South. Entering the park from 19th Ave. At the first traffic light turn left, the very next crossing turn right, very short perhaps 100 feet, drive on a block, to your left you see the blooming trees, lots of parking. A foot path leads down the short hill with blooming trees and the lake in the background and other trees, absolutely beautiful.

April 28, May 5 -- ARASTRADERO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE, 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/parks/preserves/arastradero/

Directions: From 280 take the Page Mill Road exit (right after the Alpine exit if you are traveling south). Stay on Page Mill for a short distance and turn right onto Arastradero Rd. Go 1/2 mile to preserve parking lot on the right side of the road.  


From Menlo Park, go out Alpine Rd and watch for Arastradero Rd. after you pass Ladera Shopping Center. Arastradero Rd will be on your left. Watch for parking lot on your left. We usually paint from the parking lot.  


May 12, May 19 -- DUTCH WINDMILL, WILHELMINA, 1691 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Golden Gate Park. 1st and 2d visits, http://www.golden-gate-park.com/windmills.html

Directions: From the South, Alternative 1. Take 280 N. to 19th Avenue (Highway#1 North).  Stay on 19th Ave., which becomes Park Presidio. When you enter Golden Gate Park, stay in the left lane and exit on 25th Ave/Crossover Dr. Turn left on Geary Boulevard. Go west on Geary Boulevard. Turn left on 47th and right on John F. Kennedy Dr. The windmill will be on your right.

Alternative 2. Take 280 N. to Exit 47. Merge onto CA-1 S toward Pacifica. Take exit 508B for CA-35 N toward Skyline Blvd N. Merge onto Ca-35/Skyline Blvd. and follow it until the left turn onto the Great Hwy. Take the Great Hwy to John F. Kennedy Dr.  Turn left. The windmill will be a short way in on your left. There is ample parking.

It is hard to predict, but the tulips may be in bloom.

May 26, June 2 – MIRAMAR BEACH, Half Moon Bay, https://www.californiabeaches.com/beach/miramar-beach-half-moon-bay/

Directions: From South. From 280, take Hwy. 92 to Half Moon Bay. Turn right at Hwy 1 and take Hwy 1 North to Magellan Ave (3.3 miles), left to Miramar Beach.


From North. Take Hwy. 1 to Medio Ave. Turn right onto Medio Ave. Turn left onto Mirada Rd.

June 9, June 16 -- LAND’S END, 680 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco


Lookout, Visitor Center, Café,

Directions: From South: Take the Great Highway past the Cliff House and Louis 
Restaurant. On the left there is a large parking lot is by the visitor center. At the end of the parking lot there are views of Sutro Bath ruins, Seal Rock, trees, ocean and beach.

From San Francisco: Take Geary Blvd, right on 48th and left on Point Lobos Ave.

June 23, June 30 – PILLAR POINT HARBOR, Princeton https://www.smharbor.com/pillar-point-harbor-650-726-4382

Directions: From South. From 280, take Hwy. 92 to Half Moon Bay. Turn right at Hwy. 1 and take Hwy. 1 North to Capistrano Rd (4.6 miles). Turn left onto Capistrano. Turn left onto Pillar Point Harbor Blvd. 


From North. Take Hwy. 1 to Capistrano Rd. Turn right onto Capistrano. Turn left onto Pillar Point Harbor Blvd.