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Teahouse of the February Morning – TEA for Illo Friday

February 28th, 2006


A watercolor sketch of the teahouse at Descanso Gardens. Kind of. Sort of. I took a lot of liberties with it, as I understand a painter has a right, maybe even an obligation to do.
I might make a painting of this someday. For now, it’s just a study for practice. Did you know that a pivotal scene from Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed here? I didn’t – until a few days ago. Can you spot the koi in the water?

I am also going to call this my first “local landmark” for the Everyday Matters “draw a local landmark” challenge. I have a few others I think I will do also.

Arty notes: 9 x 9 Super Deluxe Aquabee sketchbook, watercolor and some colored pencil for enhancement.

15 Comments »

  1. I can see the Koi ! That’s such a delicate touch. Those gardens look beautiful. I’ve never tried sketching with watercolour without drawing first.
    I like the way you have caught the light in the top right corner as well.

    Comment by carole — February 17, 2006 @ 2:04 am
  2. What a beautiful painting! I felt really calmed as I was gazing at the water (with the Koi!) and the flowers. This is absolutely one of my favourite pieces you have done. Brava!

    Comment by Bonny in BC — February 17, 2006 @ 2:26 am
  3. How lovely, Karen— what a wonderful place to be able to visit and sketch and relax!!!

    Comment by Lin — February 17, 2006 @ 4:28 am
  4. Karen, this is so beautiful and serene.

    Comment by TeriC — February 17, 2006 @ 8:20 am
  5. Wow, this is beautiful! Makes me long for summertime and painting out in the open…

    Comment by Nina J — February 17, 2006 @ 8:49 am
  6. Karen you get such amazing watercolor effects on this paper. I love the subtle koi and the lovely washes in the sky. Lovely !

    Comment by Lindsay — February 17, 2006 @ 9:25 am
  7. Thanks, all.
    Lindsay, the paper really isn’t all that good for watercolor compared to good watercolor paper – it’s only #93, pretty lightweight and it buckles a lot. But it’s pretty good for doing studies in my sketchbook – and it’s cheap, so I don’t feel bad if I mess it up.

    Comment by Karen — February 17, 2006 @ 11:19 am
  8. Hi – I’ve really been enjoying your blog the last couple of days. I love this latest – I wish I could do “sketches” like this! :) And yes, I see the Koi – lovely!

    Comment by Jenna — February 17, 2006 @ 5:49 pm
  9. Mmmm, lovely Karen! I can almost smell the cherry blossoms!

    Comment by Malinda — February 17, 2006 @ 6:44 pm
  10. Such intricate reflections on the water. Very impressive “sketch.” You do beautiful work.

    Comment by Roz Foster — February 28, 2006 @ 12:38 pm
  11. beautiful work… nice sense of atmosphere and drama… beautiful…

    Comment by james palmer — February 28, 2006 @ 2:02 pm
  12. Karen – this transports me! The colors, the gentle dabs that create the blossoms, and yes…the koi. It’s beautiful!

    Comment by carla — February 28, 2006 @ 5:08 pm
  13. Oh! Memoirs of A Geisha was filmed here? I read the book. Some people told me that the movie is not as good as the book.
    Have yet to watch it though.

    Comment by coffee — February 28, 2006 @ 8:56 pm
  14. Roslyn (coffee) … yes, you are right, the book is better and so much richer in detail. But the funny thing is, the movie “looked” exactly as I envisioned it as I read the book. I mean, right down to some of the camera angles and lighting and the floor plans of the sets. Eerie! So in that way, it was quite faithful to it.

    Comment by Karen — February 28, 2006 @ 9:09 pm
  15. So beautiful and peaceful. You captured two of my favorite qualities of japanese gardens.

    Comment by Jennafer — March 1, 2006 @ 6:47 am

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