It was a busy day at the garden. Thanks to the park’s catch-and-release fishing program, crowds filed toward the pond with white bread and bamboo fishing poles. They made wonderful sketching targets to complement the views of the garden and the towering cliffs of the Koʻolau Mountains in the background. The visitor center and the campsite restroom added architectural elements to include. A range of subjects and sketching styles were admired at show-and-tell, with Kevin (on island just for a brief visit) attracting particular attention with a foray into miniature two-point perspective.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

See you at our next event on March 25 at Kailua Beach Park!

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Botanical Bonanza and a Klamoring Kitty

This morning we ventured into Koko Crater Botanical Garden, a place most of us had not visited in a decade, if at all. Beyond the beautiful plumeria grove that many of us remembered, the garden offers views of American Southwest, Hawaiian, and African flora. It was not all rosy though: the expanse of the grounds all but swallowed some of our sketchers in search of the ideal scene.

Appreciating the shade provided by the many stately trees on a hot day, sketchers used gouache and other color media to capture the garden’s rich hues and wildlife (birds, stray cats, and chickens), as well as pencil and pen to exhibit the stark contrasts created by the late-morning sun. Digital media did not make an appearance this time, but Ivan pointed us to magazine cover art by Jorge Colombo that nicely demonstrates digital finger painting.

Stay tuned for our next event – to be announced soon!

(For those interested, next weekend brings us the Prince Lot Hula Festival in Moanalua Valley. Let us know if you will be there too and would like to connect.)

And, as always, do not forget to check out the day’s sketches on Flickr – and upload yours!

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