In the Japanese Garden at Cheekwood. 62 degrees, cloudy, around 3 pm. A Thursday, so almost no visitors.
The entrance gate.
In progress –
This wasn’t enough. I wanted to sketch the stone lantern. There is a memorial bench nearby. Generally, in a Japanese Garden, a bench is placed to remind you to stop here. There is a view that you need to see.
This is a Kasuga-style lantern. Stone lanterns, “ishidoro”, before use in the tea gardens, were used along the approaches to or within the grounds of temples and shrines.
A scan of this, with a leaf of a Japanese maple taken from brunch at First Watch earlier. The same colors were in this garden. The scan has made this much darker.
In progress –
There were very few people in the garden today. It was a Thursday and very overcast. However, this is perfect for taking photographs or sketching. Another lady came by and sat in the covered area – also to sketch. We acknowledged each other’s presence but stayed respectfully silent. Even when my husband came to sit next to me, we whispered. It is a sacred place.
To my eyes, there appeared to be a cherry tree in bloom to the far left. That normally happens in April. Magic.
A scan of this –
I may add more color to this later, using the photos I’ve taken for reference.
Because the garden was so “busy” with color and plantings, I decided to sketch it quickly with just dark grey. I like how it looks like Japanese calligraphy – that words are pictures, and pictures are words.
The bottom of the sketch is a quick view inside the tatami room at the Japanese restaurant where we went for supper. Normally for a large group – you can get it if there is just a couple of you if you ask and nobody else has reserved it.
Here are quick sketches of our food and a corner of the room with one of the legless chairs. These are dry – no water added.
The colors are better in real life – but so is everything, after all.