Return to the teahouse

I am visiting Descanso Gardens several times a week now, weather permitting, just to capture the changing beauty of the season. Day by day the garden seems to change. The rain that nourishes some buds to open washes away others in full flower. It reminds me that beauty is very fleeting and that the time to appreciate it is NOW, not someday. A trip to the garden in May will let me paint sunflowers but not cherry blossoms.

This garden area incorporates the Japanese landscaping principle of “hide and reveal.” You enter the garden through several gates, and as you follow several meandering paths, new vistas appear before you. If you stroll by the garden from the outside, you may glimpse a different view through the camellia shrub hedge, such as this one.

If you were to move yourself 90 degrees to the left, you would see this view – that flowering tree is the same. (Oh, and Go Bruins … onward to the Final Four!)


  1. Lin
    March 26, 2006

    BEAUTIFUL, Karen! Isn’t it fun to go to the same place and continue to know it better and better through sketching?!!!

  2. Lucille
    March 26, 2006

    Lovely paintings, nicely done. Lucille

  3. Jean Mikulla
    March 26, 2006

    Karen, your garden scene are all so beautiful. I was wondering if you are using the entire page, or if you mark a space on your page with tape. The paintings have such straight edges, and I know that defining the edge of the painting is useful. Jean

  4. Linda
    March 26, 2006

    Karen, these are just beautiful. The reflections in the water in the bottom painting are perfectly done!
    (And congrats to the Bruins — I wasn’t sure how it would go there at about the last 2 minutes …)

  5. TeriC
    March 26, 2006

    Each tea house sketch is more beautiful than the last one! I feel like I need to go visit there. Soon. And bring my ‘stuff’ to sketch.

  6. melissa w
    March 26, 2006

    What fun. I really enjoyed the composition of the smaller sketch on the bottom, although both are lovely.

  7. Toni
    March 26, 2006

    I have been enjoying your garden sketches and stories. Can you see me green with envy here in the cold north. I can hardly wait for nice weather. Soon I hope

  8. nirmala
    March 27, 2006

    Beautiful paintings

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