Thursday, May 7, 2015

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, San Jose. Thursday, May 7, 2015

Were we ever in for a surprise:   Anticipating a glorious May day in America's Best Rose Garden (really) and more or less seasonally attired, we got the beautiful roses we hoped for but also got sprinkles (not the kind we all like on cupcakes), then drizzle, then showers, then rain and persistent cold that would have discouraged less hardy artists than the Paintsites regulars.   But not us.   We painted on!    (Tho', I confess, we didn't stay as long as we normally would --- we're tough & determined, but we're not stupid.) 

For more information about the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden (voted America's Best Rose Garden in 2010), see the official website:   and the Friends of the Rose Garden website:

Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015: Stanford Arizona (Cactus) Garden, Stanford
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015: Stanford Arizona (Cactus) Garden, Stanford  (1st 2015 Weekend Paint Site)
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015: Sunset Magazine Gardens, Menlo Park
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015: Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose - short Hike & Sketch or Sit & Paint
(Note:   We didn't have an opportunity to photograph all of the paintings so visit later and hopefully we'll have the completed paintings posted.)




Brad's painting

John - his sun umbrella doing double duty as a rain umbrella.

John's unfinished painting of the central fountain
Lisha, Helen and Iris

Lisha's sketch

Lisha's unfinished painting of the fountain

Iris' painting of a lovely yellow rose.

Helen's sketch of a rose and the young duckling that followed her around

Helen's unfinished painting of rose beds and rose arch.  That's Rich under the umbrella --- eventually even that wasn't enough to keep the rain off his paper and he retreated along with the rest of us under the magnificent antique Cecile Brunner Arbor.

This is the orange rose arch by Rich while he was set-up under the red and white umbrella (see Helen's painting above).

Single rose by Rich.

Painting under the Cecile Brunner arbor - cold but at least dry.
Iris, Helen and Lisha in their close to primary color jackets. (photo by Rich)

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