Prudhomme’s Paintworthy Places Within 3 Hours of Redding: McCloud Lake

Please join me in welcoming a new feature to A News Cafe.com: Artist Chuck Prudhomme's art column about some of the north state's most beautiful natural settings. Thank you, Chuck.

Normally I travel around the North State and the North Coast in search of that special spot that catches my eye for a painting that I paint on location, or later in my studio.

During these jaunts I have discovered numerous beautiful spots, all within a three-hour drive of Redding, which to me makes a very nice day trip to include time for a nice picnic, a short hike, or perhaps just sitting there and soaking up the moment, which is a rare commodity in this busy world of ours.

In sharing these gems I hope to give you a glimpse into the beauty of our little corner of the world around Redding. You may be familiar with many of them but perhaps it will give you the urge to step away from the virtual world into the natural world if even for a moment. Enjoy!

McCloud Lake

McCloud Lake: 1.5 hours Northeast of Redding : I-5 to Hwy 89 to McCloud, South on Squaw Creek road about 6 miles.

Chuck Prudhomme
Chuck Prudhomme retired after 35 years of flying helicopters at a myriad of locations around the world to include Vietnam, Antarctica, Greenland, and South America. He also flew for the Coast Guard, various hospitals around the country and Cal Fire. After retiring in 2002 he took up art full time. He enjoys painting on location throughout the West. He is an oil painter who enjoys a representational impressionistic style of painting with a thick application of paint and tactile brush strokes. He is represented by 4 galleries throughout California to include the James Harold Gallery in Lake Tahoe. Chuck is also a featured artist, painting teacher at co-curator at O Street Gallery in Redding.
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16 Responses

  1. Chuck, I’m so excited about your feature. Thank you for sharing some of the north state’s most beautiful places.

  2. Debra Atlas says:

    Welcome to the aNewsCafe family, Chuck. Really enjoyed this and look forward to many more.

  3. Frank Tona says:

    Not to mention great photo opportunities as well!

  4. Shelly Shively says:

    Proud to know Chuck, as O Street Gallery artist and painting instructor.  His hundreds of paintings attest to the endless North State back roads in quest of ideal plein air location.  Thanks, Chuck, for sharing your expertise as painter and naturalist.

  5. Peggy Elwood says:

    Looks like a painting possibility to me!!

    • Yes, it IS a painting (or photography, as Frank points out) opportunity. Look for Chuck’s future columns where he will post his paintings of these nature art scapes.

      Thank you, Chuck. This is such a cool feature.

  6. Jon Lewis says:

    Thanks for sharing, Chuck. A beautiful spot AND one of my favorite fishin’ holes. It’s popular with osprey and bald eagles too. Heading up to McCloud also is a good excuse to visit the White Mountain Cafe for breakfast or lunch and/or to stop in and visit the nice couple who run Siskiyou Brew Works in the Red Barn across from the Chevron station.

  7. Shelly Shively says:

    Jon, your suggestions are the perfect accompaniment to Chuck’s feature!

  8. Grammy says:

    Sunday went up to Mt. Shasta for the day.  BEAUTIFUL!  Mt. Shasta was like a shinnying jewel.  The air was clean and had a pine smell to it.  A lot of people were out like us just enjoying the day.

  9. Richard says:

    McCloud Reservoir…..great to see it get a little press…..and just below the Reservoir is the Pacific Crest Trail that cuts through on its way down south…..beautiful there!

    The water there is a unique Aqua/Emerald Green……clean….refreshing…..

  10. Sally says:

    Chuck – What a great addition to anewscafe.com!  Your initial photo is extraordinary.  Thank you.

  11. A. Jacoby says:

    Ahhhhh . . . just took a deep breath and I SWEAR I could smell the pine scent in the air and feel the breeze ruffle my hair!.

    Welcome to our nescafe family!

  12. Congrats on the new writing gig, Chuck.  If anybody knows the beauty of California and beyond, it is you.  Really happy to see you doing this.  🙂

  13. H.A. Silliman H.A. Silliman says:

    Looking forward to other great spots, Chuck!

  14. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    What a great idea for a column! Thanks, Chuck.

  15. Ginny says:

    Years ago, my mother and her husband use to drive from San Jose for a fishing vacation at the lake.  Thanks for the reminder how beautiful the North County is, if we needed a reminder.  Thank you……

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