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- Thursday, March 31, 2016: Wunderlich Park, Woodside.
- Thursday, April 7, 2016: Southern San Mateo County - site to be determined -- where the wildflowers are in bloom, that's where we'll be.
- 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
Working from the north side of the main entrance mall, close to the De Saisset Museum, more or less looking south, with a wide angle view were ...
|Helen's painting captured all of the main structural elements.|
|As did Candy's first painting of the day.|
|Dick & Salinda on the side entrance steps to the De Saisset Museum with a good view of the Mission Church.|
|Salinda's painting of the Mission Church|
|Rich's painting from a slightly more acute angle than the others.|
|Liz working on her preliminary sketch|
More focused were ....
|Joe --- back on campus for the first time since receiving his law degree from SCU ....|
|... this time as an artist: Joe's painting of the entrance to the Mission Cemetery.|
|Anna's painting of a secondary entrance to the Mission Church. Behind the low wall to the right is the Mission Cemetery ...|
|...where Sylvia captured the essence of an appropriately named old "Angel Trumpet" tree.|
|Sylvia's second painting of the north side of the Mission Church and the big square tower in the back.|
And with an almost head-on perspective were ...
|Mary --- painting the Mission Church from up-close.|
|and Brad --- painting from the formal fountain on the entrance mall from a long ways away.|
The Mission Gardens to the south of the Church with its long wisteria arbor, the bell tower and remnants of the old convent / padres quarters were popular set-up spots ...
|Candy in the Mission Gardens|
|Candy's finished painting from the Mission Gardens.|
|Annie's painting with just a slice of the bell tower showing.|
|Joy's painting of the bell tower and old convent / padre's quarters.|
|Lisha's painting focused on the bell tower ...|
|... as did Leslie's ...|
|... as did Alex, (Leslie's handsome and talented young grandson, who was visiting the Bay Area on his Spring Break) ...|
|... and Marilyn ....|
|.... and as did Iris.|
|That's Mary enjoying the glory and fragrance of the wisteria while she paints.|
|Mary's unfinished painting of the wisteria.|
|Leslie's painting of the wisteria in the Mission Gardens.|
Seems like there's never enough time to finish a painting in a place like this but one works up a real appetite painting plein air so we stopped for lunch and our show-and-share critique ....
|Lunch first (well fed artists tend to be less 'critical'), then our 'critique'. (photo by Rich)|