The Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma, WA proved to be a perfect match for our sketch needs on a sunny but cold winter day. The tropical plants needed the warmth and humidity and so did we. With so many exotic flowering plants to choose from, I’m not sure why I chose this wing of the conservatory with a whole wall of plants! There was something about the light filled opening into a different plane of existence (the gift shop) that beckoned mysteriously. To let my pen wander aimlessly from plant to plant, not naming or detailing or being precise and thorough. . .I had to give it a try!
The challenge always, with so much green, is to find the other colors to show contrast; the warm soil and dark mosses and blues and the burnt siennas with a touch of red. The fellow who was working there, planting and tending the bookstore, offered to help and found these lovely stamps for us to add the name in another artist’s rendering to our sketch pages.
If you’re in Tacoma, don’t miss the Botanical Conservatory in Wright park!