Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jane Kwant's Springtime Garden, San Jose. Wednesday, March 23, 2016

We tried something a little different with this paintout:  In order to meet the Newsletter deadline, we typically schedule Paintsites up to 7 or 8 weeks in advance which makes timing for garden sites a hit or miss proposition and we sometimes hear the old refrain:  "you should have been here last week" or "next week the garden will be even better".    Jane volunteered a couple of months ago to host Paintsites but, with the weather so unpredictable, we didn't want to commit to a specific date.   Paintsites coordinators Marilyn and Jane S. came up with the idea of a 'flash' paintout whereby Jane K. would tell us when her garden would be at its best and then Marilyn would send Paintsites e-notifications three days before the paintout.   So that's what we did and, considering the very short notice and a different day of the week (Wednesday), it couldn't have worked out better --- an excellent turnout for a special day in a special place.  Couldn't have been any better last week.   Won't be any better next week. 

As to the garden:  Many of us know Jane as a  marvelous watercolor artist but may not realize she's also an artist in the garden.  As a watercolorist, she's adept at avoiding "mud" - as a gardener, she revels in it.    Her gardening technique is very loose - an interesting collaboration between Jane and her plants -  she does the basic design and then lets the plants take over, freely naturalizing until every square foot is perfectly coordinated color & texture wise with shadows and shady spots providing strong contrasts.

Jane in her front yard.
 Upcoming Paintsites:
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016:  Santa Clara Mission, Santa Clara.
  • Thursday, March 31, 2016:   Wunderlich Park, Woodside.
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016:   Southern San Mateo County - site to be determined depending on where wildflowers are in bloom.
  •  Thursday, April 14, 2016:  Nola's Iris Garden, San Jose.
  •  Thursday, April 21, 2016:  Gamble Garden, Palo Alto
  •  Thursday, April 28, 2016:  San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
For details, see the SCVWS website and the March & April Newsletters.   And please remember, check your e-mail or the SCVWS website Home Page for cancellation notices.

Some of us focused on a single blossom, a stem with multiple blossoms, or an individual plant ....
Carol up close and personal with her subject ...

... this lovely Dutch Iris.

Paintsites co-coordinator Marilyn

Marilyn's painting of a trio of tulips in the style of Birgit O'Connor.

Pat also worked in the style of Birgit O'Connor.

Kaaren was in an adventurous mood and worked on slick Bristol sheets.

Kaaren's first painting of a Bearded Iris ...

... and her second Bearded Iris (with some small white flowers to keep it company).

Sylvia's portrait of an iris.

Lois'  journal entry of a clump of Dutch Iris.

Painting from the sidewalk in front of Jane's house were, left to right, Candy, Helen, Lisha and Annie.

Candy's study of two Dutch Iris.

Candy's second painting of the Dutch Iris.   This time there's three of them - My! Jane's garden does grow fast!
Candy's painting of potted cyclamens.
Candy's painting of a hanging geranium.
Candy's sketches of an assortment of blossoms.
Helen's sketch of a yellow Bearded Iris.

Her finished painting of same.
Annie liked the look of this clump of California Poppies.    And captured it perfectly.

And some of us wanted more than a single plant or blossom but not the whole garden ... 

Joy assembled this lovely bouquet of iris, poppies, and tulips.
Another of Kaaren's fine paintings on Bristol paper

And Kaarens' final painting of the day.

Berni's painting of Joy at work

Berni's painting of  "The Lady in the Pink Hat" - she's everywhere!

Lois' journal entry of a bed of iris and poppies.

Lisha's painting of a Bearded Iris and it supporting cast.

Sylvia's second painting - this of a varied planting including, I think, the only one any of us did of a Foxglove.
 And some of us wanted to capture the overall feeling of the garden ...

Jayne's unfinished journal entry - note the chickens peeking out of their hen-house "playhouse" (or is it a playhouse "hen-house"?)


Kay's unfinished painting.  That's Marilyn in the pink hat blending in perfectly with the flowers.

Uma spent her lunch break with us -- just enough time to create two wonderful paintings ...

Uma's quick sketch.

Uma's second, more detailed, painting.
Brad's painting of artists (including Marilyn of course) in Jane's spectacular garden.

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