This week for class, we were able to go inside the Japanese Garden at CSULB. When you first walk into the garden, you kind of notice how big it is. I did not expect it to be as big as it was, and there was a lot of different things you could look at as you walked around. There is just a lot of nature in the area. There are numerous trees, ponds, and there’s even a waterfall in a little corner. Everything in the garden felt very serene and relaxing. It is a place that I would like to be even if it wasn’t for a class assignment. For the assignment though, we had to draw abstract and representative sketches of scenes in the garden. For my representative sketches, I tried to draw scenes exactly and found myself looking down at my sketchbook a lot.
For the abstract drawings, I tried to view the scenery more and draw without looking at my sketchbook. This was a lot harder in my opinion, and I think that my representative sketches ended up looking better. Many of my abstract drawings look very simple and I drew them very freely without having to draw perfect lines or shapes.
Overall, I found this activity very enjoyable. I don’t consider myself good at drawing, but I am actually pretty proud of some of the ones I drew. I would definitely love to go back to the Japanese Gardens just to relax. Coming back to sketch would also be fun as well because there is just a lot to look at. The feel of the garden is very inviting and warm, and I hope to be back there again someday.