Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, April 18, 2019

We are very grateful to SCVWS/Saratoga artist Kay Duffy for inviting us to paint at Hakone Gardens. At the grand age of 102 years, Hakone is one of the oldest authentic Japanese gardens in the Western Hemisphere and is on the National Register of Historic Places. We were there at the right time because the wisteria, cherry trees, and azaleas were all blooming and the weather was warm and sunny. You first enter the magnificent Mon (Main Gate) guarded by stone lanterns, then you see the beauty of  the main garden with the koi pond at its center surrounded by many flowering plants, shrubs, and trees, with the Moon Viewing House up the hill, waterfalls dropping into the pond, and the Moon Bridge crossing the pond.  If you venture father away you can find a traditional tea house, tea garden, dry garden,  bamboo garden and more in the 18 acre garden.

For more information about Hakone Gardens, visit their website:

Kay Duffy teaches a watercolor class at Hakone Gardens every 2nd and 4th Monday from 9:30 am - noon.  See http://www.kayduffywatercolors.com/ for details.

Upcoming Paintsites.  See the SCVWS website or the April/May Newsletters for details.
  • Thursday, April 25, change of plan, Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto
  • Thursday, May 2, Paintsite or Hike & Sketch at Skyline Ridge
  • Saturday, May 4, San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
  • Thursday, May 9, Nola's Iris Garden, San Jose, note change of date
  • Thursday, May 16, San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
  • Saturday, May 18, Calero County Park, new entrance at Rancho San Vicente
  • Thursday, May 23, Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills
  • Thursday, May 30, Duc Vien Buddhist Pagoda, San Jose

SCVWS Annual Exhibit

  • Exhibit Runs from February 28 - May 1, 2019 at the Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
  • Open Mon - Fri 5AM -10PM, Sat-Sun 7AM-7AM

Open Studios in May

Many of our paintsite regulars will be showing their work in their own studio or sharing a studio with other artists.  Open Studios takes place the first three weekends in May, 11am to 5 pm.  A booklet with locations and examples of work is available at most area art galleries and on line at www.svos.org

For more photos from our Hakone paintsite, see Edward's Flickr photo album:

Artists and their artwork:

Annie paints by the Moon Bridge with the Moon
Viewing House visible in the background.

Annie's painting of the Lower Wisteria Pavilion

Our hostess and watercolor teacher, Kay Duffy,
gives Shirley some pointers.

Shirley's painting of the garden and Moon Viewing House

Jayne and John enjoy the shade of the Lower Wisteria Pavilion

Jayne's two page journal spread
shows the garden and one of its lanterns

John's painting of the Moon Viewing House

Wanda and Edward

Wanda's pastel drawing of wisteria

Edward's painting of the Moon Bridge and koi pond
as seen from the Lower Wisteria Pavilion


Marilyn, paintsite co-coordinator

Marilyn's painting of the Moon Bridge and pond

We are very happy to have Claudia
painting with us for the first time.

Claudia included Moon Viewing House,
artists, garden and lantern

Lorraine beside a lantern

Lorraine's painting of Japanese maples reflected in the pond


Srivani's painting of Moon Viewing House and pond

Brad and Carol

Brad included some brilliantly blooming azaleas
in his painting of the Moon House

Carol's painting of the Japanese maples reflecting in the pond


Indira's painting of the pond and  Lower Wisteria Pavilion

Joe set up near the Main Gate

Joe's painting of flowering trees in the garden

Sham also set up near the Main Gate

Sham's painting of garden with lanterns

Tanvi's detail of the Main Gate


Elaine's painting of the Bamboo Garden

Matt's painting of the Bamboo Garden

One group of artists at lunch

Another group of artists at lunch

We are all admiring Srivani's painting during our sharing time

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