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.