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.|
- 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
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.|
|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.|