Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hakone Gardens Thursday April 13, 2017

The morning started out wet but we braved the intermittent showers and were rewarded with clear skies and sun as the morning progressed. Several artists gathered under the entrance shelter while others ventured out to the beautiful grounds made lush by winter and spring rains.

We are grateful to SCVWS/Saratoga artist Kay Duffy for inviting us to paint at Hakone Gardens. At the grand age of 100 years, it is one of the oldest authentic Japanese gardens in the Western Hemisphere and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located a short distance from downtown Saratoga this enchanting garden hosts many delights. Of note is the winding path that takes you around the koi pond, past the waterfall and over the moon bridge. The pond is surrounded by many blossoming shrubs including azaleas and cascades of wisteria in full bloom. Other features include traditional Japanese tea houses, stone lanterns and a bamboo garden.

Katherine sketching under the wisteria arbor

View of koi pond and wisteria arbor

Turtles soaking up the sun



Lois’s painting 

A pencil sketch by Lois’s friend Iris from the UK

Iris under the Wisteria arbor

Iris’s painting

Iris’s second painting


Lisha’s painting


Lorraine’s painting


Liz's painting


Helen’s painting

Helen’s second painting

Grace’s pen and watercolor

Katherine’s painting


Cindy's painting in her folding sketchbook

Cindy's second painting

John and Jenny
Jenny's first painting

Jenny's second painting

Jane under her new ‘samurai sword’ umbrella

Jane’s watercolor (with some pastel) of the falls

Jane painting by the moon bridge


Cathy’s sketchbook page from Friday’s visit

Dick's first painting
Dick's turtle and koi


Salinda's painting

Kay's painting of wisteria with bird

Marilyn's painting of wisteria arbor

Art show and critique

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