Egyptian Inspiration

Bird
Bird | embroidered and hand dyed silk inspired by Egyptian jewelry | copyright Liz Macklin 2011

Shops open in Cairo today. May peace, religious freedom and respect for individual rights prevail in Egypt, in the United States and throughout the world!

Who can resist browsing through galleries with elaborately decorated coffins, mummified ibis, bronze cobras, linen baboons  and gold amulets inlaid with stones in brilliant blues?  Egypt, your antiquities provided inspiration for me time and time again.

I send my gratitude to  the young people standing  guard at the Egyptian Museum. When its website reopens, visit the collection. Until then, take a virtual tour of the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Two of my  favorite books for children include

ABC: Egyptian Art from The Brooklyn Museum by Florence Cassen Mayers, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1988

Aida, the story of an Ethiopian princess who falls in love with an Egyptian warrior, as told in the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, retold by Leontyne Price and illustrated by the award winning artists, Leo and Diane Dillon, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1990

Wings, Woodlands and Watercolor

Korean Garden (detail) | watercolor | 3.5″ by 5.5″ | copyright Liz Macklin 2010

Sunday afternoon at the park. Enjoy the  animals — owls, hawks, tortoises, snakes. Drop by to watch and talk or bring your sketchbook and your paints.

Students from HB Woodlawn school will host activities for kids and demonstrate a variety of art techniques.

I’ll be painting, and I’ll be eager to discuss  gardens, nature drawing, book design, popups and inspiration from the far east, especially Korean kimonos and embroidery.

Stop by and say hello!

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, — Marcey Road off Military Road, Arlington, Virginia

Sunday, June 6 — 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Books. Discoveries. Fun.

Pink and Yellow Lilies
Pink and Yellow Lilies | watercolor | 7" by 7" | copyright Liz Macklin 2010

Revelations. Power. New friends. Browsing through the library to find new books for children and teens by Virginia authors…

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White tells  the story of a teenage girl who, after the death of her mother, enters boarding school and discovers her unique ability to create bouquets that bring to life the language of flowers. There’s more than just a splash of scent and color in that long-stemmed rose. White says her favorite flower is the lily, associated with beauty, elegance and sweetness. Read with your own floral bouquet in mind.

Mockingbird by Kathy Erskine also relates a young girl’s quest for friendship and acceptance, as well as  the healing potential of a shared project, as she tries to cope with the death of her brother. Gentle humor marks her conversations with classmates, teachers and her dad as she describes the world through the lens of Asperger’s syndrome.

Boys join in and Saturday Night Live take note! Bo, the lively main character in Sara Lewis HolmesOperation Yes, learns to love improv. Can he also raise his academic standing at his school on an Air Force base and then mend a rift with his dad that seems as persistent as an F-16 jet racing down  the runway? Theater might be fun, but it has nothing to do with deployment and war — or does it? Bo and friends emerge as an ensemble cast as the plot takes a couple surprising twists!

And for those looking for fun with young readers…

Jackie Jules has a new series. The first book is out now, Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off.  A pair of purple sneakers catapults young Freddie across the school yard and straight toward adventure.

Two whimsical picture books recently released in paperback are Alphie the Apostrophe and Penny and the Punctuation Bee by Moira Donohue. Who knew that commas, periods and apostrophes have personalities?  In Donohue’s world, punctuation marks lead cheers, tell riddles and perform magic tricks.

Happy reading!