11" x 14" Watercolor
Kirk Farrington House
The real deal from a different perspective
9" x 7" watercolor
The model was in front of me
Artists at work
The Kirk Farrington House is a beautiful old Italianate-style Victorian house built in 1878. The last surviving Farrington put the home in trust for the use of the Junior League of San Jose, Inc., and it is run by the Farrington Historical Foundation. Today the site is reduced to 3 acres from a thousand acre farm on lovely Dry Creek Road, a meandering road that runs through the middle of San Jose and is an upscale neighborhood.
Our leaders got permission for us to paint there. We did not go inside the house, but we enjoyed the gardens and the beautiful landscaping. I first set up on the edge of the road and did a portion of the house. Two very large trees cover the front of much of the house from that perspective. About a half hour before we would break at 1 for lunch, I grabbed a few supplies and sat down in the peony garden. With so little time, I did a quick painting without drawing any lines.
The weather was gorgeous and the blooms have suddenly appeared all over the valley. We artists had a fine time together. As we sat munching our picnic lunches, we admired our output.