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What if you haven't got a garden of your own? What a great reason to head for the hills or the botanical garden, or even the "ritzy" section of town. Pack up your drawing supplies in the trunk. For drawing al fresco, you may want to add the following to your drawing kit as well:

A stool, for sitting

An easel or drawing board, for setting your pad on Clips, to hold your sketchbook in place An umbrella or hat, for shade

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No matter what the weather, make your garden subject as special as it is through all the seasons.

Whether you're drawing in your garden or someone else's, be aware of place. A sense of place is a strong element in garden drawing, whatever the view. Consider the following before you set up your stool and easel:

1. Make sure it is clear where you are. Light and shade are as important to a drawing as the objects themselves.

2. How does it feel?

> What is the light like? What time of day is it?

Do you feel the warmth of the sun or a cool breeze, welcome shade on a hot day, or the briskness of fall?

Try to capture the feel of the weather and the season, as well as the day itself, in your drawing. Atmosphere!

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