Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hakone Gardens Thursday April 13, 2017

The morning started out wet but we braved the intermittent showers and were rewarded with clear skies and sun as the morning progressed. Several artists gathered under the entrance shelter while others ventured out to the beautiful grounds made lush by winter and spring rains.

We are grateful to SCVWS/Saratoga artist Kay Duffy for inviting us to paint at Hakone Gardens. At the grand age of 100 years, it is one of the oldest authentic Japanese gardens in the Western Hemisphere and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located a short distance from downtown Saratoga this enchanting garden hosts many delights. Of note is the winding path that takes you around the koi pond, past the waterfall and over the moon bridge. The pond is surrounded by many blossoming shrubs including azaleas and cascades of wisteria in full bloom. Other features include traditional Japanese tea houses, stone lanterns and a bamboo garden.

Katherine sketching under the wisteria arbor

View of koi pond and wisteria arbor

Turtles soaking up the sun



Lois’s painting 

A pencil sketch by Lois’s friend Iris from the UK

Iris under the Wisteria arbor

Iris’s painting

Iris’s second painting


Lisha’s painting


Lorraine’s painting


Liz's painting


Helen’s painting

Helen’s second painting

Grace’s pen and watercolor

Katherine’s painting


Cindy's painting in her folding sketchbook

Cindy's second painting

John and Jenny
Jenny's first painting

Jenny's second painting

Jane under her new ‘samurai sword’ umbrella

Jane’s watercolor (with some pastel) of the falls

Jane painting by the moon bridge


Cathy’s sketchbook page from Friday’s visit

Dick's first painting
Dick's turtle and koi


Salinda's painting

Kay's painting of wisteria with bird

Marilyn's painting of wisteria arbor

Art show and critique

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Tulip Garden, Golden Gate Park San Francisco April 6, 2017

How was it?
Oh, it was great!
Really? The weatherman said it was raining in the City.
And windy.
And cold.
We are plein-air artists. We're used to it.
Were there a lot of tulips?
We saw a few.
How many artists were there?
I don't know, we were scattered all over the place.
How was the traffic? 
No problem, students and teachers were on spring break, but we got lost.
Lost? How can you get lost with a GPS?
Dick was driving.
How was the museum?
Those who went said it was exceptional and moving.
How was lunch?
Did you have a nice day?
It was great!

Link to Golden Gate Park
Link to the Palace of the Legion of Honor

The tulip garden

The tulips were mostly gone, but there were many beautiful flowers

The windmill

Cindy sketching under the windmill

Cindy's first painting

Cindy's second painting


Lisha's painting

Lisha's pen and ink sketch

Salinda painting the garden

Salinda's painting
Dick's pen and ink with watercolor wash
Not many tulips on this wet day but a beautiful pink bush caught Jane's eye.

It was windy
More photos from Marilyn

Beautiful artwork was painted inside these mobile art studios

Liz's painting of windmill

Joy's painting of windmill

Marilyn's painting of windmill

Mary's painting of tulips

Liz and Joy with sketchpads, ready to go inside Legion of Honor to sketch and to view "Monet: The Early Years"

Marilyn's pencil sketch of Spreckels Gallery inside Legion of Honor
Marilyn with Nude by Liz