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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 8, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Fall colors at the Japanese Garden

This morning I visited the Japanese Garden inside Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum to enjoy the fall colors under the sun, which is supposed to keep shining through the weeked — or so they say.
While I sketched this lantern and bridge I had a good chat with Kathy Blanchard, the head gardener for the 3.5-acre park. She explained how Japanese gardens are more about the texture, simplicity and space and keeping a pleasing line of sight. “Japanese, for example, show a lot of respect for the rocks,” she said. I was glad I wasn’t sitting on one when she said that. Instead, I had brought my portable sketching chair.
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After the quick chat I continued down the path that loops around a lake. I looked for a good line of sight, to use Blanchard’s words, and, not a surprise, there were many of them. This is where I settled for my last sketch before I had to return to the newsroom for less sketchy assignments.
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11:28 a.m. [Click images to view larger]
The next couple of weeks are the best time of the year to view maple trees in all their splendor. The Japanese Garden hosts a special event on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information at the Seattle Parks and Recreations Department web page.
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