Wednesday, July 22, 2020

SATURDAY: Sketch the World's Great Gardens

Sketching Gardens 
a Virtual Event 
Hosted by Lois Bender

for Saturday, July 25, 2020

We can all love gardens. And they are a sanctuary to escape to in times of Pandemic. Some of us work and cultivate them for aesthetic beauty or as Victory Gardens for food or just look and enjoy and paint them!  Gardens are restorative. Voltaire’s Candide witnesses all the cruelties of mankind and the disasters of nature in all his world travels and finally sums up Voltaire's philosophy in the famous quote: “Let us Cultivate our Garden.”  Just tend your own small garden to make the world a better place. So I say  “Let us paint our Gardens!” 

 Here’s Several Beautiful Gardens to Paint!
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Hidcote Manor Garden, a Cotswolds English Cottage Garden in the British “Arts & Crafts” style featuring hedges with doorways, outdoor rooms with dazzling flower beds, unique plantings and on and on!    


Monet’s Garden at Giverny, no introduction needed! The flower gardens are in the English cottage garden style and of course the famous water garden is Japanese-inspired….   


Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, the 1619 “Formal French Style” design by Boyceau commissioned by (Queen) Marie de Medici and inspired by the Boboli Gardens of Florence, her birthplace.…. with expansive lawns, terraces with balustrades, parterres, colorful flowers beds, urns of geraniums, stately chestnuts, statuary including the Queens of France, octagonal sailing boat pond, the Medici Fountain with a grotto and many panoramic vistas! A Gem developed over 400 years with expansive harmony, geometric balance and spaciousness! Proven by its popularity with Parisians and everyone else! Perfect for promenading and painting!  I’ve painted here many times and love it.   


The magnificent Majorelle Gardens of Marrakesh, Morocco….“It’s Blue!!!,”Contemporary, Mediterranean, Moroccan, French.    

A Cubist Villa & Truly An Artist’s Garden! Jacques Majorelle, Yves St. Laurent & Pierre Bergé

To Register for this Event, Click Here:
  • The virtual event starts at 10 AM EDT,
  • The afternoon event (different activities) starts at 1 PM EDT.
  • Registration closes on Friday at noon.

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