Saturday, June 23, 2018

Gamble Garden, Palo Alto, June 21, 2018

Gamble Garden is a beautiful historical house and garden where there is always something new blooming.  We were rained out when we scheduled paintsites here in March, but we had very pleasant sunny weather this day.  The gorgeous sights of the garden were enhanced by the lovely sounds of many birds singing sweetly in the trees.

Elizabeth Frances Gamble, granddaughter of the co-founder of Procter & Gamble, had lived in the Gamble House most of her life, and at her death in 1981 at age ninety-two she left her house and garden to the City of Palo Alto.  The house had been built in 1902 and the formal gardens designed in 1908.  Elizabeth F Gamble's gardens became known throughout the community and she shared them generously.   Now open free to the public every day during daylight hours, the garden is run by a non-profit organization and a host of volunteers.

For more information about the gardens please visit the following link:

June and July paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the June and July newsletters for details.
  • Thursday, June 28: Hike and Sketch or Sit & Paint  - Uvas Canyon CP, Morgan Hill
  • Thursday, July 5: Rengstorff House, Shoreline Park, Mountain View
  • Thursday, July 12: Maison du Lac, Summit Rd, Los Gatos
  • Thursday, July 19: East Bay Location, to be announced
  • Thursday, July 26: Senior Safari Walkabout, Happy Hollow Zoo, San Jose

Not to be missed Shows & Exhibits by Paintsites Regulars:
  • Tanvi Buch currently has a one woman show on the second floor of the Red Berry Coffee Bar, 145 Main St., Los Altos.  Do go see Tanvi's artwork and buy a cup of coffee to support a local business that supports local artists.
  • Annie Haines was awarded an Associate Artist Award by the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the California Art Club for her "Point Reyes Lighthouse" watercolor.   The painting is currently on exhibit in the CAC "Art Between the Lines" show at the Peninsula Museum of Art.   The Museum is located at 1777 California Dr., Burlingame.   The show runs thru July 8, 2018.   Annie's painting is also featured in the May-June issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.
  • Candy Yu and another artist have an exhibit of pet paintings at the VCA  Crocker Animal Hospital, 475 N. Jackson Ave., San Jose.  The show contains 18 of Candy’s watercolor pet paintings and most paintings will be replaced on July 1, 2018 with new paintings.
  • Jane Saltman and Tanvi Buch will be exhibiting their watercolors at the Los Altos History Museum's Paint the Town ll: Echoes of the Past exhibit, July 5 to October 7, 2018.
Edward Rooks, a knowledgeable naturalist, a fabulous photographer as well as accomplished artist, has created a Flickr photo album for all to enjoy.  Thank you, Edward, for providing many photos for this blog.  For more of today's Paintsite photos see:

Artists and their work

Edward captured the gazebo, scarecrow, garden beds, and trees.

Edward at work in the garden

Edward used a "No. 1 Conte Extra Fine Drawing Pencil"
to quickly get down the darks in his very small value sketch

Susan B-G

Susan B-G's painting captures the serenity of the garden


Mary captured the magnificent smoke tree along the northwest fence

Lorraine found some white flowers (Photo by Edward Rooks)

Lorraine's painting of the white flowers

Annie titled her painting "Reaching for Sunshine".

Broncha's painting of the gazebo

Cindy beside the flower beds

Cindy's painting shows the brilliance of colors.

Cindy's painting of the Gamble Garden sign

Dick and Salinda

Dick's painting of very colorful flowers

Salinda's painting of very colorful flowers

Salinda's painting of  more subtly colored flowers


Iris (Photo by Edward Rooks)

We welcome Janet and thank Tanvi for inviting her to join us.
(Photo by Edward Rooks)

Janet's painting of  blue salvia from Mexico

Janet's second painting


Leslie's very bright painting of scarecrow

Leslie's tombow sketch of potted plant
Marilyn found a spiky dahlia. (Photo by Edward Rooks)

Marilyn's painting of the dahlia


Suzie's painting of magenta flowers

Suzie's painting captured the ambience of the garden.

Tanvi with her new easel

Tanvi's painting of purple iris

Tanvi's painting of gazebo

Tanvi's painting of whimsical frog fountain.  The frog is smoking a cigar.

Toni's painting of purple flowers

Everyone is admiring Leslie's painting as paintsite co-coordinator Marilyn is highlighting it. (Photo by Edward Rooks)

Artists are admiring another painting.  (Photo by Edward Rooks)

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