Longwood Gardens may be one of my favorite places here in south eastern Pennsylvania, I never tire of visiting (and we go fairly frequently)! Matt and I have been members the past few years because its an ever changing landscape of inspiration. Truly.
We spent just a few hours a couple of weeks ago to soak in the new Orchid exhibit with our sketchbooks in tow. It’s kind of amazing to break out of my drawing routine… I rarely set aside time to draw from life! It’s an exciting challenge for me since I just don’t work that way anymore… Of course I use photo reference to help and inspire, but to closely examine your subject and know every detail helps to slow moments down. You begin to notice every fold and know exactly how many petals are on the flower because you are recording it.
Throughout the afternoon I filled four pages in my sketchbook and snapped a ton of photos that I may use as inspiration later. You may have seen snippets on Instagram… but here are a couple more of my favorites!
If you can believe it, our next trip to Longwood is already planned… I can’t wait to bring my trusty ink pen and sketchbook to doodle even more botanical goodness!!