Foster Goes Global

With visitors from France and Australia, today’s sketch gathering at Foster Botanical Gardens turned into an intercontinental spectacle and a worthy (if slightly smaller) follow-up event to last week’s Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago. Blue skies and plenty of shade under gargantuan trees made for perfect conditions to sketch buildings and plants across the 5-acre garden. A particular highlight (and, for some of us, probably a once-in-a-lifetime sight) was a huge Talipot Palm, in full bloom for the first and last time in its 25 years, but Cannonball Trees, Baobab, and other giants from the bombacacae family attracted admirers too. Although more traditional angles dominated, the sheer size of some specimens tempted quite a few of us to capture their towering heights from a right-up-the-trunk perspective – with exciting results!

After our traditional show-and-tell session, we mingled, shared stories, and agreed that we should have brought lunch so we could eat under one of the behemoth trees and continue sketching.

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

See you at our next event on August 27​ at UH Medical School!

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