Next Monthly Sketch Outing

May 21 Chinese Garden
6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle WA 98106

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See Monthly Outing page for details.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Japanese Gardens

Yesterday I joined Beth and the Seattle Plein Air group at the Japanese Gardens. What a great way to spend a sunny afternoon -- the sketching was good, but even better was getting lost in the beauty of the trees and the fragrant blossoms. I have to say that the infinite shades of green were a little overwhelming, and the heat didn't help as I encountered challenges with my watercolor washes, but I found that focusing on a single bloom or intriguing color combination was a great way to engage without (too much) frustration. Anyway, I made a few studies, including the above pencil sketch, and really enjoyed the scenery. 


  1. this is beautiful Joanna! i failed to email Beth back saying i wouldn't be able to make it but i'm really glad you guys went!

  2. Really lovely! You've caught just how peaceful the gardens feel -- in the shade!

  3. Thanks Gabi & Beth! We missed you there, Gabi, but we'll be sure to let everyone know about the next outing too.