Soos Creek Botanical Garden

I sketched at this delightful local garden last fall.  With the coming of spring and so many new blooms, I thought I would go out to see it again.  I got there late, an hour before closing, so I didn’t walk the entire garden.  I already knew I wanted to sketch in the heritage garden with its iron work gazibo:

I also tried a new paper.  I bought one sheet on the recommendation of Daniel Smith staff.  It is Richeson Alpha Cellulose Watercolor Paper 250lb Cold Press.  It costs $2.50 per 22×30 sheet.  I think I like it alright.  But one sketch is not a good test.

I also photographed my kit set up today.  I sketched standing so it helped to clip everything to a board:

Paper in a small 3 ring binder which is clipped to a larger board.  On the board is clipped a magnetic sheet to which sticks the metal palette box.  Also clipped to the board is a little cup into which perfectly fits a medicine bottle for water.

I did take a couple photos of this beautiful bush and it’s flowers:


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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5 Responses to Soos Creek Botanical Garden

  1. Steven says:

    I love that, brings energy to the serenity of it all. Brill!

  2. miatagrrl says:

    Nice sketch and beautiful flower photos. If you haven’t tired of sketching here, maybe it would make a nice ad hoc some summer Friday…? Looks delightful!

    • redharparts says:

      Thanks, Tina. I’d thought of that, or even suggesting it for a Seattle USK Sunday outing, if people are willing to drive south. There’s quite a bit of parking. It’s a good sized garden, with many different habitats, “rooms” and a demonstration vegetable garden with a cool old orange tractor!

  3. Thanks for sharing your technical expertise. I’m going to get brave and bring my gear with my hiking group, because the hike they have chosen will be too demanding on my knees. This will be my first time sketching in public.

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