Lotus pond at Japanese garden.
There are main and rear entrances to the Chinese garden. We have been using the rear one to sketch for a couple of times now. I so like it because it is closer to where I live and I don’t have to walk that far. Today sketch is of two red column pavilions. They are just a few steps from where the white bridge is (previous sketch).
I am so happy that we have a mentor now. He comes to the garden daily to exercise and promises to teach us how to sketch. We’ve been told when sketching we need to pay attention to the composition. The subject of what we are going to sketch must be visible in shapes and shades. The rest can be blurred. Our mentor also told us not to sketch exactly what we see. But draw what we think it should look like. It is alright to add and omit things that we see does/not look nice in the composition. Those big trees, boulders and a person were there because I placed them there. Is this what you call improvise? Happy Saturday and take care.
We still sketch at the same park for now. There are so many things we can draw. The white bridge is one of them. While we were drawing last Tuesday, we met an old retiree art teacher. I know him when we all went for karaoke two years ago. He gave us some pointers to what we ought to do when to do plein air. Hopefully my next drawing will improve. This is my last post this year and I will see you again in 2016. Happy New Year!!! Take care.
For a longest time, I wanted to catch the lotus blooming at the Chinese/Jap garden across my apartment. It bloomed a few months ago while this choking haze blanketed the sky and I missed them again. Last weekend, we had a clear day, so I grabbed my camera and went to the garden hoping there were flowers left. To my disappointment, the big pond had been cleared but fortunately the small pond still had some flowers.
There is a Chinese/Japanese garden across from my apartment but I have never been there in the morning. Last Sunday just before seven, I was there to try out my camera and took some pictures. It was a cloudy morning. The place was quiet and empty at that time. Only few people could be seen doing morning walk and exercising. Once in a while, I could hear birds’ chirping happily somewhere throughout the garden. Such a beautiful morning without people and noise. Below are pictures from the garden. Enjoy and Happy Saturday!