I did a little research about SKOL2015 and the Chinese Gardens, so I had my hashtag and mental preparation. When I sat down to sketch, however, I forgot all about the landscape aspect and just honed in on the main gate to the courtyard.
It was a lovely day and the shadows were strong, nice for value range and strong contrasts. My first piece started as a thumbnail, but I just don't have the hang of simple thumbnails.
The few peonies that were still in bloom were lovely. Would love to see the whole garden in bloom.
My last piece I used a bamboo pen -- pretty much the same as using a twig. I thought it fit the subject matter.