Nature Drawing and Painting

Daffodils | watercolor | 7" by 8" | copyright Liz Macklin 2010

It’s time to draw and paint outdoors! Join me and more than 40 other artists at the spring art festival at Fort C. F. Smith Park.

We’ll celebrate with an opening reception and exhibit on Friday, March 19th from 6 to 8 pm. Drawings, paintings, ceramics and glass will be on view all week in the historic Hendry House at 2411 N. 24th Street in Arlington.

There will be workshops, lectures and concerts — all free and open to the public. For anyone interested in sketching outdoors, Jocelyn Hunn and and I will lead  nature drawing from noon to 2 pm on Saturday, March 20th. We’ll sketch flora and fauna throughout the park using easy techniques. All ages and abilities are welcome. Children under 12 must be  accompanied by an adult.

For information about the full week of programs, see the Arlington Artists Alliance website. To register for workshops, e-mail

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock | watercolor | copyright Liz Macklin 2005

At my house it’s been the coldest January since 1994. I wake up to the glow of streetlights on what remains of the December snow. Last week I saw a fox run run down the street in the moonlight. Even a sly hunter might find it hard to catch a midnight snack when ice coats the hedges and all the squirrels have hidden in hollow trees.

This month my illustration Hickory Dickory Dock is on display at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.  The exhibit includes work by artists who teach and volunteer with the Arts and Humanities Program at the hospital.

You probably remember the nursery rhyme:

Hicklory dickory dock
the mouse ran up the clock
the clock struck one
the mouse ran down
hickory dickory dock


Entry at Gyeonggijeon
Entrance at Gyeonggijeon | watercolor | 30" by 38" | copyright Liz Macklin 2009

While traveling in Korea, I spent a day exploring the Hanok Village in Jeonju. It was an autumn afternoon and the sky and trees were the colors of painted silks. My daughter and I visited shops brimming with handmade papers, fabrics and ceramics. We wandered through the site of the historic hall at Gyeonggijeon. A scene at the gate inspired this watercolor.

This painting and others will be on display at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. until November 30.

Art and The Reading Connection

Lilies on Blue Cloth | watercolor | copyright Liz Macklin 2009
Lilies on Blue Cloth | watercolor | copyright Liz Macklin 2009

Help bring books to children in housing crisis.

I’ve donated this watercolor to the fall fundraiser for The Reading Connection! The art is ready to hang in your home or office — framed (11″ x 14″)

Everyone is invited. Please tell your friends.

The Art of Reading
Saturday, September 19, 2009

From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., celebrate with Kids at Pyramid Atlantic. There will be three read-alouds led by celebrity readers (at 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15), each followed by an art project inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

From 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., join the festivities at an Art & Wine Reception. Artists will display their creations and a portion of sales will benefit TRC.

Location: ArtSpring Store, 8519 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. See for more information on TRC programs.


Strawberries | watercolor | 6" by 6"
Strawberries | watercolor | 6" by 6"

Strawberries. You can grow them in pots on a deck. Just find a sunny space, fill your containers with soil or growing medium, add your plants and then water. Don’t forget the TLC.

I have a small garden plot outside my kitchen door. We pick berries for breakfast!

For more information on growing strawberries in containers, read the advice in the How to Garden Guide.