Friday, March 22, 2013

Kirk-Farrington House, San Jose, March 21, 2013

The first full day of Spring found a score of eager plein air painters swarming around the Kirk-Farrington house and gardens.     Although only a few of the over 160 herbaceous and tree peonies for which the garden is famous were in bloom, many of us were drawn to them -- just as they drew the native bees living in the garden.     Other equally attractive subjects were the 1878 house itself, a wisteria covered gazebo, and the formal rose garden with a gazing globe.   Too much to paint in one session!

For information about the house and gardens, see:

Note:  The peonies should be in full bloom starting in a week or so followed by the roses --- well worth a look-see if you're in the neighborhood.

Leslie Grimm 
This giant bloom grew on a 70 year old Chinese Tree Peony plant.  With the perfect weather today I thought there'd be no problems painting it in plein air, only to discover that the blossom opened up more as the sun shown, changing the shapes and lighting before my eyes!   Leslie

Laurie Barna
 It was great to see such a large crowd at our paintsite today--lovely weather, and nature's "aromatherapy" and mellow honeybees set the mood.     Laurie

Anna Jacke

Liz Siegel (watercolor pencil)

Caroline Garbarino
I painted the doorway because I wanted Dorothy Farrington to come out and invite us in for tea. (My only excuse is too much "Downton Abbey.")  This wonderful adventure was all too short.  Thanks again, Caroline

Mary Paquet
I was drawn to the front of the house where two stately Magnolia's welcomed visitors who entered the gate and approached the front door.    Mary

Brad Santos

Even partially hidden from the street behind two huge ancient Magnolias, the perfect proportions of the house are evident.   It's only when one gets closer that the wonderful detail and craftsmanship can be appreciated.   Brad

Sylvia Waddell
This was a lovely painting experience with a great turnout - 20 painters! The house and garden were just a feast for the senses.  Sylvia

Jenny Tero
A perfect day for painting outdoors, sunny but not at all hot.  The garden held lots of promise for glorious blooms later in the season, but the wisteria was ahead of them all. Jenny

Marilyn Perry
What a gorgeous garden!  I allowed time to just sit in the gazebo and appreciate the beauty. Marilyn

1 comment:

  1. This was the perfect day for an artist - sunshine, fellow artists, and a beautiful setting. I loved the history of the place and the opportunity to talk with the director who told some of us about Mrs. Farrington.