In Quebec City we have to use our imagination to identify places where we can sketch on location. I don’t have any of that imagination stuff but I have friends who do and they came up with the idea of sketching in garden centers. We’ve done it a number of times and it’s lots of fun.
Sadly, even as we entered May it was still too cold to sketch outdoors so we headed to the garden center. I didn’t create any masterpieces this day (never do) but I sure had fun. It was the first time I’d sat on my tripod stool in a long time. That was something of a challenge as my knee becomes very unstable when I try to get my butt low enough to find the seat. Getting up is a similar challenge. I’ll have to do something about that. I did get to try a taller stool (20″ WalkStool) and I may buy one as that made this simple task much easier.
Anyways, I started with a simple, and quick sketch of a garden gargoyle. He (she?) was about a foot tall and without much detail but very proud.
I spent a lot of time wandering around the garden center, looking at the plants, the bright flashes of color and I even spent time looking at garden tools, bird feeders, etc. The koi pond required that I watch the fish going round and round too. Eventually, though, I got back to drawing and I immersed myself in a cloud of leaves that most would call a bonsai. If I were a real artist I would have gotten out a brush and just indicated all those leaves but I’m in love with fountain pens and the lines they make so there I was, drawing leaves… lots of leaves. I love the feeling of coming out of the meditative stupor induced by this sort of drawing. It makes me want to do it again.