Saturday, May 20, 2017

Arizona Cactus Garden, Stanford University, May 18, 2017

The Arizona Cactus Garden is a hidden gem within the Arboretum on the Stanford Campus. The garden contains approximately 500 cacti and succulents, some of which were in glorious colorful bloom, appreciated by artists, photographers, and hummingbirds alike. The garden was designed for the Stanford family in the 1880s, and many of the plants are originals from that time. They have grown large enough to provide very welcome shade which was enjoyed by the 15 watercolor artists. The garden was neglected from 1927 - 1997, but now is beautifully maintained by volunteers.

Jane's painting buddy visited many times.
She captured this stop action photo of the hummingbird

Jane's painting of the hummingbird's favorite cactus

Jane's painting of a succulent

Helen's yellow flower opened while she was painting

Helen's painting of flowering cactus

Ji-eun's painting of flowering cactus  

Iris had shade in the garden

Iris's painting of flowering cactus

Broncha sat in the shade of the arboretum while painting the garden

Cindy sitting in the garden

Cindy's painting of a flowering succulent

Annie sketching in the garden

Lorraine sitting in the shade of the enormous tree

Lorraine's first cactus painting

Lorraine's second cactus painting

Paula is painting succulents

 Liz with flowering pricky pear in the background

Liz's painting of a trio of cacti/succulents

Shakun lives in Minnesota but still paints with us from time to time.  
Her sister Amita is visiting from India.
Shakun's colorful painting of flowering barrel cacti

Shao Wei gets a good view of cactus garden while sitting in the shade of the arboretum

Shao Wei's painting of the Cactus Garden

Mary had a shady spot in the garden

Mary's painting of the garden

Mary's painting of a succulent

Marilyn liked the red-orange flowers of the barrel cactus so much 
that she sketched them three times.

Marilyn's third sketch of flowering barrel cactus

We ate our lunch and shared our artwork in the shade of an enormous tree

A posed group photo of some of the artists

Monday, May 15, 2017

Skyline Open Space Preserve, Hike and Sketch May 11 2017 Russian Ridge, Santa Cruz Mountains

Our hike took us on the Ipiwa and Sunny Jim loop trail system, a distance of about 2.5 miles. We began at the nature center on a tranquil pond and from there we traveled along the ridge trails with expansive views of meadows and the Pacific coast. We finished in the shade of magnificent California oaks and bays. It’s been an amazing year for spring flowers. We are approaching the end of the wildflower season, yet there were many striking examples to see on the Ipiwa and Sunny Jim Trails. For more information on the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve please check out the Midpeninsula Open Space District’s website: Link        Wildflowers

Lisha painting on the Ipiwa trail




Helen, Marilyn, Lisha


Group Shot on the Ipiwa Trail

Group shot under oak on the Sunny Jim Trail

Dick and Salinda

Keep moving!

Still pond

Spotting wildflowers

Candy and her fan club


The Nature Center and artists across the pond
Owl’s clover

Checkerboard mallow

California Pitcher Sage / Monkeyflowers

These are the paintings by our plein-air hike and sketch artists.














Group photo - lunch near Horseshoe Lake