Cynthia got lost on her way to our sketch outing at Luscher Farm a couple weeks ago and stumbled onto Hughes Water Gardens in the process. None of us had ever been there, so we gave it a try this week. We were all awestruck at the beauty of the place--large koi ponds, lily pad pools that looked prehistoric, fountains and garden art everywhere. Once again it was in our backyards, and we didn't even know it.
It had been a busy week for me, so I stayed a little longer for some quiet time at the Koi pond.
The waterlily was done at Hughes, but the St. Francis was from the previous week's outing to the Grotto, a Catholic nunnery and garden. I didn't attempt to sketch the giant, 3-foot-wide lily pads. They didn't even look real in life, so I knew they would be unconvincing in a sketch.