Category Archives: Walnut Creek

Shadelands Ranch Museum Sketches

While I was in Walnut Creek to take photos of an industrial park for a painting commission I stopped at the Shadelands Ranch Museum to sketch. They were hosting a ladies’ tea that afternoon in the downstairs drawing rooms that … Continue reading

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Ruth Bancroft Gardens: Beyond the “Private, No Entry” Signs

My plein air group was given the great privilege of being able to go beyond the chained off, “Private Property. No Entrance” signs to explore the property where Mrs. Bancroft and other family members still live. There are old barns … Continue reading

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Bad Mood Cloudy Day at Borges Ranch That Ended Well

My mind was as cloudy as the skies when my plein air group visited Borges Ranch for a Saturday paint out. I was mad because a beautiful bookcase promised to me on Craigslist sold to someone else. I needed it badly. … Continue reading

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Landscape Painting with Coyote Soundtrack

Last Saturday my plein air group met at Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek’s Shell Ridge Open Space. It’s a beautiful place that feels far away out in the country, and is surrounded by strange, tall hills covered in a hundred shades … Continue reading

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Borges Ranch Painted 3 Times in 3 Years: Seeing Progress

It’s springtime in California and those famous “golden rolling hills” are actually a million shades of green right now, thanks to all the rain (which we probably won’t see again until next winter).  When my plein air group went to … Continue reading

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Borges Ranch, Walnut Creek

After waking up way too early and having loads of extra time before I needed to leave for my plain air painting session today, I somehow managed to get late anyway. When I finally got to our meeting place—Borges Ranch … Continue reading

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