Happy Arbor Day!

For anyone arriving by car, finding parking posed a bit of a challenge this morning; a testament to the popularity of the Arbor Day Honolulu Festival – now in its 2nd year – at Foster Botanical Garden. Educational booths and workshops, kids activities, and of the course the annual tree giveaway attracted crowds and created boundless sketching opportunities. The extensive garden grounds also offered ample refuge for sketchers longing for less fast moving scenery. Show-and-tell illustrated our preferences, from exotic flowers, through giant trees, to sweeping depictions of the crowds with their botanical loot from the day. Chatting and socializing followed, as we succumbed to the lure of the pleasant setting and ample shade trees.

Thank you to the Arbor Day team for hosting our sketchers during the festival!

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

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!

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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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