Last weekend I went to the Sakura Matsuri festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens where all of the cherry trees are in full bloom. There were crowds of people (lots of them in extravagant anime costumes) and beautiful flowers everywhere. It was raining to begin with, which was actually sort of fun because everyone was walking around with their umbrellas out. It looked like a Japanese woodblock print. But then the sun came out for most of the day and it was absolutely beautiful. The colors, the smells, the sounds; it doesn't get much better than drawing all day outside under the cherry blossom trees.