I arrived and it was the same weather that I had further north where I live. It was humid and muggy but I was hoping that I would get a few hours in before it started to rain. I had even packed myself a lunch in the hopes of spending the majority of the day there. I ended up with just under two hours before some big drops of rain started to fall on me. Luckily, I wasn't too far from the parking lot when it started.
The botanical garden was pretty busy for a weekday morning. I was really surprised at that. I thought for sure it would be empty. My only issue with the people was that some of them stopped to watch me sketch and that made me really uncomfortable. My goal for this visit was to sketch fast and get as much down as I could in the sketchbook so that I had a variety of things in it. The last time I went on location to sketch, I came away with only one sketch after 4 hours. I didn't want to have the same experience. So when these people stopped to look, I felt as if I was being judged. I was trying to get the form to be a representation of what I was drawing, I wasn't going for a complete detailed replica. Because of this, I felt like they must have thought I was a terrible artist. Of course, no one said anything. In fact, I didn't even look up because I was so uncomfortable with them watching. Now that I think about it as I write this, they probably thought I was rude for not acknowledging their presence. Oops!
In the end, I think it was my own projections of insecurity in what I was doing that made me feel uncomfortable. Overall, I enjoyed myself even though it was too brief and I look forward to sketching on location again soon.