I sketched at the Sakura (Japanese: cherry blossom) Festival at van Dusen Gardens today. As is traditional, it was cold, and it progressed from damp to very damp to downright wet. I tried Don McNulty's blue-sky trick: paint a blue sky, and suddenly the sky becomes blue. I'm still waiting. But there were displays of ikebana and bonsai under shelter, and any number of people with purple or pink hair, so that was all worthwhile.