Paint Outs

VWS holds paint outs every month. Paint outs are open to members and non-members.

Upcoming Paint Outs:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:00 am:
Westlake Village Inn
31943 Agoura Rd,
Westlake Village, CA 91361

From their website: “The Westlake Village Inn’s lovely wrought iron fence is your gateway to a magical place. The view of lush, green landscapes that seem to be never-ending, the enchanting lake, cobblestone paths, vineyards and beautiful gardens with lovely gazebos and charming arbors are enough to leave you captivated. ”

Meet at near Inn side of the lake. Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm:
Peter Strauss Ranch
30000 Mulholland Highway
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301

Peter Strauss Ranch

From their website: “For nearly a century, people have enjoyed leisure and recreation at this site. Named for Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss, this park delights nature lovers and intrigues history buffs. Oak woodlands, a seasonal creek, easy trails, a lawn area, and an amphitheater provide a wonderful location or visitors of all ages to have fun outdoors. Near the main house, you will discover an Italian terrazzo tile concert area (1939) where country legends Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson performed in the 1950s. Also, you will see the relic of an enormous outdoor swimming pool with a small stage in the center.”

Contact Liz at if you need more information.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (or anytime in between)
Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301

Paramount Ranch

An afternoon Paint-out may be just the thing! The warm light will be more interesting with strong shadows and cooler temperatures. Paramount Ranch has a Western Town for a subject which should look great in afternoon light. Parking is free and there are washrooms.

Contact Lizblum [@] for more information.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 9:00 am
Leonis Adobe Museum
23537 Calabasas Rd.
Calabasas, CA 91302

From their website: “Welcome to the Leonis Adobe Museum website! As Los AngelesCity Cultural Monument #1, the Leonis Adobe Museum is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and sharing the last of the old west. Here, you can experience California ranch life of the late 1800s… visit a Victorian-style early Los Angeles home… see what a jail was like in the Wild West… enjoy a picnic in picturesque Calabasas Creek Park with its antique ironwork and lovely gardens.”

Dress western!

Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.

Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:00 am – ?
VWS Plein Air Trip to L.A. Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Valley Watercolor Society will be holding a large plein air free event at L.A. Union Station/Olvera Street for plein air artists from different areas and groups to connect with each other. As in the past we are inviting Ventura, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, El Monte Acton & other art groups. Please join us! All artists and friends are welcome to participate. There is no fee to attend, but you will provide your own transportation and lunch, and be ready for lots of walking.

This is a TOM FONG STYLE event with a demonstration by David Deyell (demonstration time & location to be selected in the morning) and free time to explore and paint throughout the day. Tom Fong was an inspirational artist, many VWS members painted with him. President of Watercolor West, he taught workshops in Yosemite and did great demonstrations for many art organizations. VWS did many Train Trip paint outs with Tom over the years. Prior to Tom Fong’s passing, he gave David one of his sketchbooks to use. David will discuss Tom’s influence as well as those of Ed Whitney, Tony Couch, Milford Zornes, Henry Fukuhara & Chris Van Winkle. David is a signature member of VWS and author of ART OF PLEIN AIR WATERCOLOR, available at the Autry Museum bookstore or from David on Amazon.

We will meet in the plaza across from L. A. Union Station, at the end of historic Olvera Street, between 9 & 10 AM. Some artists will start painting on the train on the way to the station! (see suggestions below) or you can drive (there is parking at Union Station for a fee.)

Aside from the demo, everyone is responsible for themselves and can select their activities. Wander about the station and Olvera street areas. Photograph and draw or paint in your sketchbook. Olvera Street & China Town also present abundant shopping opportunities.

Avoid carts and easels; keep one hand free for handrails. All art stuff should fit under your chair at lunch. Our usual choices for lunch include Philippe’s (deli style), Chinese Dim Sum & Olvera Street’s famous Mexican food.

Please email David & Liz and give us your cell number and names of individuals in your group. We will give you our cell numbers so you can contact us during the event.

Train suggestions for artists coming from Moorpark & Ventura:
Suggest taking the #106 MetroLink train which leaves Moorpark station at 7:14 AM. Allow at least 1/2 hour to park and purchase tickets from machine (credit cards & cash). The train makes multiple stops through Simi Valley & SFV and arrives at Union Station about 8:33 A M. Many artists will be on this train. There is another train (#110) which leaves Moorpark station at 8:30 AM and arrives 9:41 AM. Current round trip fare is $23.00 & $11.50 for seniors over 65. You cannot buy tickets on train. Everyone should verify schedules and costs right before the trip. Return train to Moorpark is train #115 which leaves Union Station at 3:37 PM arriving Moorpark 4:51 PM (last stop). Artists from Ventura might consider driving to Moorpark station for easier return trip. Later trains go through to Ventura.

Driving directions to Union Station from your location.
Driving directions to Moorpark Station from your location.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 9:00 am:
At the intersection of Via Goleta and Lynn Road
Newbury Park, CA, 91320

From their website: “Two threads of local history intertwine to establish the identity of Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa. Ranch structures and introduced grasses represent over a century of ranching, while native plants reflect an environment that Chumash Indians lived in for thousands of years. The gentle slopes yield trails that picnickers, hikers, bikers, and equestrians enjoy during every season. Big Sycamore Canyon Trail descends from Satwiwa to the Pacific Ocean along a historic Chumash trade route.”

Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Stagecoach Inn Museum
51 S Ventu Park Rd
Newbury Park, CA 91320From their website: “The Conejo Valley Historical Society was formed in 1965 to save the original Grand Union Hotel from demolition. With that success behind them, the Society developed a docent program and began leading tours of the Hotel (rebuilt in 1976 as the Stagecoach Inn). Fast forward to 2017, and the Stagecoach Inn Museum is a beloved member of the community, offering family-oriented special events, lectures, school programs, and a fun and friendly group of docents. Come visit the Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex and see what’s happening today!”

Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.

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September 5, 2018, 9:00 am:
Reyes Adobe Historical Site
30400 Rainbow Crest Dr
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

From their website: “Built in approximately 1850, Agoura Hills’ first home represents 150 years of exciting California history. This history includes the acquisition of the documented stories and artifacts from the families that have called the Reyes Adobe home over the years. The Reyes Adobe Historical Site has preserved their unique legacies to help visitors understand the political, social and economic changes that have shaped present day culture. ”

Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.