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A Day At The Krohn Conservatory

Ken Swinson at the Applied Imagination train exhibit

The other day, I went to Cincinnati to see the holiday train display at the Krohn Conservatory. all the buildings are made from natural materials. they are clever beautifully crafted, and some of my friends make up the team that build it an ‘Applied Imagination’. it was wonderful!

photo of the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, Cincinnati, Oh

if you want to learn more about ‘Applied Imagination’ their inspirational story, I highly recommend you watch ‘Tracks Of The Imagination”: the Emmy winning documentary by Frank Simkonis. it is available to watch online at:


cactus tree

while at the Conservatory, I did a few sketches in the desert/cactus display.

agave plants

I love the variety of shapes and colors of desert plants.

cactus sketch
I learned a lot while sketching the cactus.

cactus sketch

I learn a lot about a subject when I draw it because I concentrate and focus on the plant.

cactus sketch

Even if you aren’t an ¬†artist, drawing could help them memorize the details of different plants.

cactus sketch

This was a fun winter activity, I’m looking forward to returning and doing more sketches soon. Let me know if this is something you are interested in. We can meet up and sketch together!