Sunday, February 19, 2017

Maryknoll Retirement Residence, Los Altos Thursday, February 16, 2017

Maryknoll is a magnificent building easily visible from I-280 just north of the Foothill Expressway Exit.  It was built in 1926 as a Catholic seminary for students preparing to enter the Maryknoll order.  In the mid 1970’s it was converted to a residence for retired Brothers.  The architecture contains Spanish mission, Baroque, and Oriental influences.  For more information see

At a typical paintsite we would have had to cancel due to rain on a rainy morning like Feb 16.  But Maryknoll is an exceptional site with a cloister walk where, despite the rain, we could sit and paint in dry and comfort with a view of the bell tower, chapel, and part of the residence.  As the day went on, misty skies turned to bright blue skies, and some of us painted another painting or two with bright sunshine and sharp shadows. 

It is lightly raining outside but artists (l. to r.) Helen, Lisha, Jane, Joe, and Liz are dry and comfortable in the cloister walk.

Helen’s painting of chapel

Lisha’s painting of bell tower
Joe’s painting of bell tower and chapel through arched colonnade of the cloister walk

Marilyn’s painting of the same

Lorraine sitting and painting in the cloister walk

Lorraine’s painting of bell tower, chapel, and courtyard

 Joy’s painting of chapel

 Anu’s painting of cloister walk
Mary R's misty painting of the bell tower (painted in a light rain)

Kaaren’s painting of cloister walk showing Lisha painting
and Jane S. chatting with one of the Maryknoll brothers
Kaaren’s painting of Rancho San Antonio CP and hills

By noon the rain was over and the sun was shining brightly.
Here is Anu in the sunny courtyard.
Anu’s sunny painting of Buddhist temple bell and Rancho San Antonio CP beyond

Anu’s sunny painting of bell tower and chapel

Jenny’s painting of bell tower and chapel

Jenny’s sunny painting of cloister walk

Jenny’s painting of Maryknoll grounds

Lisha’s sunny painting of Maryknoll residence

The artists are admiring their work at the critique.
The shadows are sharp because the sun is shining brightly.

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