Saturday, April 25, 2009

Chinese Garden

My sketch group went to the Chinese Garden this week for a bit of long awaited sunshine and outdoor sketching.  The Chinese Garden sits surrounded by high rises in the heart of Portland.  You walk into the courtyard and are greeted by a calm peacefulness.  At first it looks almost a little barren, but the beauty is in all the quiet details:

This month they have an exhibit of Chinese kites which caught my attention for sketching:

I was thinking this week about how important my sketch group has been for keeping me going with regular sketching.  I always enjoy sketching once I start, but as well-intentioned as I might be, I seldom find the discipline to sketch at home.

1 comment:

Paula McNamee said...

The patterns in your photos offer lots of inspiration for future work and the Chinese kite sketches capture the imagination.