San Francisco Bay area - February 2010

Heather Halpern
Coit Tower viewed from 884 Union St., San Francisco

Prabha Narayanan
 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA, United States
Watercolor painting,  paper size is 5 x 9 inches

Rebecca Watkins
278 Noe Street

Chelsea Bednar
China Street

Susan M. Moore
Coit Tower, San Francisco

Rock Kyndl
2727 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA

Judi Franzak

Rosa Phoenix
"View of San Francisco from Treasure Island"
Crayon and color pencil drawing

Diana K. Hansen
Philz's Coffee Shop, Mission District
3101 24 St., San Francisco, CA
 Watercolor and Ink

July Zino
Gorgas Avenue, watercolor

Nithya Swaminathan

Vic Lam
1259 Bay Street

365 Hyde & Pine, 6" x 5 3/4"
Pencil, Sharpie, and Derwent Watercolour Pencils on paper

Rebecca Wang
488 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Oil on 10 x 7 paper

Grant Thomas
Ferrari of San Francisco
595 Redwood Highway

Marsha Baker

Phil Holt
"Work in Progress"
976 Kearney Street
16 x 12, oil on canvas

Margaret Bednar
Monterey Blvd, San Francisco, CA

Chalk drawing
Beach off Grand Highway, San Francisco, CA

Margaret Parker
Wasteland on 1660 Haight St.
Charcoal on paper

Carol Adamec
View of the Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge seen from E Road, Sausalito, CA

Melissa Guensler
Hagiwara Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Kelly Benefield

Becky Drees
New Light Church
Martin Luther King Jr. Way / Parker Street
Berkeley, CA
6x6, oil on canvas

Sarah Scott
Marina Boulevard

Suzanne Queen
5th & H Streets, San Rafael, CA
7 in x 9 in Watercolor

Yevgenia Watts

Toni Henneman
San Francisco Church
5 x 7, Watercolor

Savvy's Child
"Javowitz St., San Francisco, CA"

Pat Koscienski
Mt. Hamilton Road, San Jose, CA

Julie Bloch
Sheridan Street, The Presidio California

Al Woodford
Telegraph Hill
 8 x 8 inches, ink & watercolor

Alissa Duke
Ghirardelli chocolate shop in Larkin Street, San Francisco

Melissa Guensler
"The Kibitzer"
704 Bridgeway, Sausalito

William Cook
Spring Valley Road
Acrylic, 6 x 12

Christin Watts
Before Lunch
Stinking Rose, San Francisco, CA

Jim Bumgarner

Jan Werdin
550 The Embarcadero
The Waterfront Restaurant & Cafe

Jeanne Bruneau
Olema-Bolinas Road, looking east over the lagoon
 Pastel on Richeson Premium paper, 8.5" x 11.5"

Chris Jones
102 Kent Road, Shelter Cove

Suzanne Queen
 Alexander Ave Bridge, Larkspur, CA
 9 in x 12 in Watercolor

Carolee Clark
"Working Man's Truck"
550 Berry St., San Francisco
10" x 10", acrylic on canvas

Robin Roberts

Lynn Babineau
Watercolor, 5" x 7"

Mary Sheehan Winn
Barbary Coast Road

Nancy Van Blaricom
48 6th Avenue, San Francisco, California

Noah Konsavage, age 12
"St. Francis Yacht Club Clock"

Carolyn Pappas
Shoreline Highway 1, Bolinas, CA
Mixed media

Angela Sullivan
2452 Bay Street, "The Willow"

Jana Bouc
Telegraph Avenue at Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Watercolor on Arches CP

Nancie Johnson
Lombard Street
Acrylic on canvas, 9x12

Sherry Massey

Palace of Fine Arts on Baker Street

Jeanne Bruneau
Cafe Zoetrope, in the Sentinel Building,
corner of Kearny & Columbus, San Francisco.
 Pastel on Richeson Premium paper, 8.5" x 11.5"

Murilo Romeiro
Black Pen Staedtler 0,8 mm over paper, 11" x 17"

Linnette Johnson
72 Anselmo Avenue, San Francisco Bay
 Acrylic, 10 x 14

Chris Gentes
Haight Ashbury
 6x9 watercolor

Marion Corbin Mayer
Near Half Moon Bay, CA

Carol Bonomo

William Cook
Marina Blvd.

William Cook
Spring Valley Rd.
Acrylic, 11 x 14

Helen Gutfreund
Palo Alto, CA: Baylands Park
9" x 7", oil on canvas

Sylvia J. Larsen
1506 Church Street, SFO
Watercolor, 5" x 7"

Alain J. Godbout
701 Filbert St. in San Francisco

Shanah Cole
Lombard Street with view of Coit Tower
12 x 16, acrylic on canvas sheet

Brandy Harrington
San Francisco suburban skyline
5 x 7 inches, acrylic on hardboard panel

Barbra Joan
San Francisco. -" Lincoln Blvd."

2352 30th Ave., San Francisco
Watercolor on 140# cp, approx. 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Scott Clugstone
Acrylic, ink, collage, and watercolor markers

Sherry Thurner
Sycamore Street, Mission District, San Francisco

Jeanne Bruneau
"Kiki Supermarket, 1178 Powell Street"
Pastel on Richeson Premium paper, 8" x 11"

Carol DeMumbrum
Masonic St., San Francisco
 6"x 6" oil on board

Bonnie McBride
1308 Van Ness Ave.
Watercolor and ink

Carolee Clark
"Florida & 22nd"
10" x 10", acrylic on canvas

Charlene Brown
Golden Gate Bridge

Teresa Houston
Market Street in San Francisco

Nancie Johnson
On the Corner of Haight & Ashbury
Acrylic on canvas, 9x12

Preston King
17" x 21", soft pastel on Uart p500 paper

Barbra Joan
The "Ribbon Tree", Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA

Jim Bumgarner
"The Hungry I Club on Broadway"
San Francisco

Joan Tavolott
"Steiner Street Charm"
7 x 10 watercolor and ink

Martine Pittet
Conzelman Road, Mill Valley, CA

Cathy Gatland
Beach Rd., Belvedere, CA
Watercolour, 297x210 mm

1122 Washington Street,  San Francisco, CA
oil on board,  12x9"

Carol Bonomo

Nancy Goldman
Lincoln Blvd, San Francisco

Noah Konsavage , age 12
"Pedestrian Way looking at Golden Gate"
Colored pencils

Claire Beadon Carnell
Hill Lane, Napa, California
 Oil   6 x 12

Gillian Mowbray
Barbary Coast Trail
Watercolour pencils

Denise Clardy
8 x 10, Watercolor and Ink
Ben & Jerry's at the corner of Haight & Ashbury

Justine Valla
Ocean View, Beach Park Blvd. and Marlin, Foster City, CA

Laura Starrett

Cathie Tonkins
Greenwich St. / Buchanan St., San Francisco, CA
Motel Capri, 8" x 10", acrylic

Bonnie McBride
Inktense pencils, 6x9 watercolor paper

Jeanne Grant
12046 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA
5" x 12"

Rosa Phoenix
"Victorian Jungle"
 Crayon and color pencil drawing

Sketch Gurl

Charlotte Tanner

Melissa Guensler
48 Grattan St., San Francisco -- Then and Now
(My husband, his two younger brothers,
their mother and grandmother on Easter Sunday 1952.)

Carolee Clark
"Mira Vista Ave."
582 Mira Vista Ave., Oakland, CA
10" x 10", acrylic on canvas

Suzanne Queen
Sir Francis Drake Statue
 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, California
 9 in x 12 in Gouache

Bill Guffey
"Escape", 22" x 28", oil on linen

Our February paintout is the
San Francisco Bay area, California.

Open for participation from
February 1st till February 28th.

View Larger Map

You'll find an interactive map of the San Francisco Bay area above, though you can't access the little yellow pegman from that map. Use the link below it "View Larger Map", and the map will appear on your monitor; drag the little Yellow Man onto the map, let go while he's over a blue area, and start exploring. Find an interesting subject/area. Change it all you want. Or paint it straight up as you see it. Instructions are in the sidebar to the right. Any questions, ask 'em in the comments or email me directly.

It's our birthday! 
February is our one year anniversary, which is why we are in the Bay area this month, in honor of Google Maps and their team. Without the Street View technology this little blog wouldn't be here.

After the island of Corsica this metropolitan area might be a culture shock to some, which is why we are including the entire SF Bay area, so that those who do not want to paint urban can still find ample opportunities for wonderful landscapes in the surrounding hills and beaches. The area is quite large, but still comparable to Corsica's length from north to south. Our borders are from Santa Rosa to the north, San Jose to the south, and Antioch to the east.

Thanks again to Google, as they have given their permission for artists to use Street View as a reference for paintings that can then be sold without fear of copyright infringement.

And thank you, artists, for participating.

Remember, participation is open to all levels of artistic ability.




Murilo S Romeiro said...

I wonder this will be a very pleasureful month , visiting SF with its interesting buildings and views.

Anonymous said...

Yay!!!!And the fog too, how fun to try and capture that! Happy Painting Everyone!

Nancy Goldman said...

San Francisco should be fun. Thanks Bill for all of the work you put into making this blog work. I really appreciate it.

Gillian Mowbray said...

Happy birthday to Virtual Paintout! I'm looking forward to San Francisco already. Thanks Bill.

Regina said...

Thanks for this inspiring project, Bill. Last month I "traveled" a bit of Corsica and even selected a shot, but ran out of time to paint for this venue. I'll still be giving it a try since its something I've wanted to paint, but had no reference for.
I really like your painting!

Anonymous said...

Oops my bad, Bill...this painting is so spot on that I just glanced at it thought it was a sample reference photo....this painting if fabuolous!!! love the mood you created in this piece.

Barbra Joan said...

I lived in the Bay area for a few years and loved every minute of it. so I'm looking forward to this one..It'll take me back, if only in my mind. Thanks Bill

Leslie Hawes said...

Happy Birthday Virtual Paintout, and big thanks to Google Maps Team and Pegman! ( I love Pegman)

Pat Koscienski said...

Happy Birthday, and many more. I also thought your painting was a photo. Very well painted.

Nancy Eaton said...

Oh Boy! I lived in San Francisco for 1 year back in the 80's - loved it! So, I took a trip back in time today, looking all over the map. Happy Birthday, Virtural Paintout! May you have many more!

Rosa Phoenix said...

Happy Birthday VP! Thank you Bill for doing this for 2 years now. I'm so glad you chose San Francisco for this month's challenge. My home!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bill, because of the great service you do for artist of all levels by running the VPI, I have awarded you the Blogging "Sunshine Award". Please stop by my blog to pick it up.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Fabulous paintings.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Bill, I have nominated you and the Virtual Paintout Blog for the Sunshine award for creativity and positivity in blogging. Please stop by my blog to pick up your award! What you have done here is amazing, and so appreciated by many of us. Thank you!

Margaret said...

I am a "beginning" artist and this is truly a fun and unique blog. Not only has it inspired my daughter and me to create a San Francisco scene, we now want to travel there and visit! Thank you for all your efforts in keeping this blog going. We look forward to viewing and participating every month.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on 1 year!! Amazing project. I just did my first sketch today of stravanger. Maybe I'll be sharing sometime in the future. It's so fun to see everyone's work and the tremendous variation. Thanks for your hard work, Bill.

inger said...

As a former art teacher, I always felt a bit trapped by the classroom walls, recognizing so much inspiration just outside the school doors. Thank you for blowing those doors wide open. Love this concept!! Happy 1st birthday and many more. Love visiting Stavanger, Norway

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