Sue Smith's blog about sketching, drawing and painting, art and artists, exhibitions, and occasional reviews of books, materials and equipment.
Monday, 27 April 2015
Botanic Garden Sketches and Jade Vine
View of the hot houses
Last week I spent a couple of days sketching in the Cambridge University Gardens. The first day I didn't take my folding stool so had to wait for a seat to be vacated! When I started sketching I was in the shade but as the sun moved round I was getting hotter and hotter.
I returned the following day armed with my stool and settled down to draw 1 Brookside, just inside the entrance, but although the sun was shining it was distinctly cooler and I soon retreated to the Garden Cafe. I will finish both sketches in the comfort of my studio desk in the corner of the living room!
I can never visit the Gardens without going in the hot houses and this time I was rewarded with the magnificent Jade Vine in bloom.