Guys, let me tell you just how much of an amazing place the Japanese Garden at CSULB is. It’s super fucking amazing!!! I’m no stranger to the Earl Burns Japanese garden, but I swear every time I go there, it’s like the first time. I never get tired of it. I usually come into the garden whenever I’m stressed out or when I want to feed the fish. This past week though, Glenn made us go do sketching there. Why I had not thought about sketching there before I don’t know! There’s so much to draw at the garden!
The art experience for this week involved doing ten 30 second sketches and two 5 minute sketches. I hate being time for art, but it’s an evil necessity that sometimes has to happen. I find it that when you start drawing, you often spend to much time putting in too much detail to one area and then the painting might never get done because you spend to much time on it. Having a time limit on how much you can draw can really challenge you to draw what needs to be drawn, not all the details. Who cares if you don’t get it right the first time?!
If I remember correctly, that might be the reason Glenn gave us a time limit, but I think it was also because he wanted us to draw the impressions of the things we saw. Which, I f I think about it, might be what I was trying to say before anyways.
My sketches might not all look good. In fact, most f them aren’t even finished, but I guess you could say that I got the central idea of what some them should have been. My favorites are the flower, the leaves, and this makeshift bush. the rest, I think are just crap, but I’m ok with it. We can still go back and fix them some other time. I think I was drawn to the flower the most because it still looks like a flower but in a more abstract type of way. Frankly, I could pass them all off as abstract, but that would be a disgrace to actual abstract art. the five-minute sketches were a bit better, but there is some fine tuning that can be made done.
You see the thing is, I kinda wish we could have erased. I was telling my friend Van, and Jacob that I really wish Gleann would let us erase because I just could deal with imperfect lines. However, in some strange way, that was Glenn’s idea, to make us love our lines and accept the way they come out. And I guess that to some degree I do.
Check out the Japanese garden website at http://web.csulb.edu/~jgarden/