Santa Clara Valley Watercolor plein air group visited the Kirk Farrington House in San Jose today. We were particularly excited to paint the tree peonies in the garden. I love the architecture of these old houses, with their tall windows, columns and balustrades. I don't have the patience to paint it all though, so I wanted to do a bit of a "peep through the foliage" view! I also wanted some suggestion of peonies in the foreground. This sketch came out ok, needs some stronger darks I think, so I may work from it and do another version. The peony below was drawn and then largely painted from memory as I had to move into the shade.
This Saturday, March 21st, I will be at the Saratoga Blossom Festival, 9:30 - 4 pm. Stop by my table in the Heritage Orchard and say hi!