Taking advantage of yet another sunny autumn day, the Whidbey Island Sketchers descended on City Hall in mid-October to draw food and flowers growing in downtown Langley. Check out my earlier posts on the Langley Main Street Garden Initiative if you'd like to learn more about this sweet little garden on 2nd Street, where tourists and locals alike have been snacking, hanging out, and photographing all summer long.
The Whidbey Island Sketchers spent an afternoon drawing the garden at its peak - the scarlet runner beans were still producing, the pole apples coloring up, and while many tomatoes have already been picked, there are still plenty on the vines. Nasturtiums are tumbling out of the feed troughs, dahlias and kale are still going strong. Some sketchers set up chairs across the street in front of the post office and drew from a distance so they could include the building, others gathered on the garden bench and, submerged in the garden, drew all that surrounded them.
Here's a quote and scarlet runner bean drawing from sketcher Sue Van Etten."My views from the bench in Langley City Hall's Edible Garden, where passersby are welcome to graze on the fruit and veggies as long as they leave something for the next guy. The garden is a volunteer-driven labor of love......Several local sculptors have work displayed in the garden... All the plants are donated. Just one more example of why we love living in Langley."
Such an inspiring confluence of art and plants, love and labor, creativity on the page and in the dirt....the sketchers at work in the garden...