I’ve had the opportunity to escort several garden tours over the last 15 years. Usually most people accompanying me experience them similarly, taking photos and and asking questions. It is quite a visual approach to the experience. That is not always how people see gardens though, some artists look at things differently than most of us.
I have had the chance to travel with one particular individual three time, Charleston/Savannah, England and more recently the garden of the Seattle area. Judy walks into a garden and gets a feel for it and makes a sketch of something that appeals to her by which to remember it. She sometimes also makes small notes of something she cares to remember. She usually does a quick sketch than in the evening finishes it with water colors.
I thought this was a very unique way to travel so asked her if I could share some of her sketches of the recent Seattle tour. Besides being a cleaver artist, she brings a lot of positive energy to all the tours I have been on with her and hope that I get to travel again with her in the coming years.
I love that the world is made up of diverse and wonderful people that keep expanding my horizons and get me to look at the world a little differently.