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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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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