Sunday Snow

Smithsonian Castle
Smithsonian Castle | watercolor | copyright Liz Macklin 2012

Snow’s on its way — at least if you believe the weather report. On a snowy day several years  ago, I hopped on the subway and rode to the Smithsonian Castle. My friends and I wandered through gardens laced with frost and then toured exhibits of masks and elaborate figures made of wood, horn, beads and ceramics at the National Museum of African Art.

Just about any time, it’s easy to spend hours browsing the Smithsonian web site. If you’re feeling adventurous, don’t let the snow keep you inside. Grab mittens and a hat and take a trip to your favorite museum.

Persephone and the Pomegranate

pomegranate
Pomegranate | watercolor | copyright Liz Macklin 2011

Preparing for a funeral …

I stepped into a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and paused to read about a  Greek marble relief showing Persephone and Demeter. You might remember the myth as I do. Persephone is kidnapped by Hades and tricked into remaining in the underworld for several months each year. He tempts her with the divinely ripe red seeds of the pomegranate.

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

Spring Festival at Potomac Overlook

Autumn at Potomac Overlook
Autumn at Potomac Overlook | watercolor | copyright Liz Macklin 2010

Live music, games, food, a juggler, community exhibits, art and the annual Taylor Elementary School maypole dance — all at Potomac Overlook Park’s spring open house! Special exhibits this year focus on energy, the environment and electric vehicles.

Sunday, May 2, 1:00 to 4:00

Here’s an autumn view from the nature center.

Radishes, Rise Up!

Radishes
Radishes | watercolor | 10 " by 11" | copyright Liz Macklin 2010

After months of neglect and three feet of February snow, my garden’s a maze of sticks, weeds and whatever else fell from the sky. A few  shoots of parsley and a bed of lemon thyme are springing back to life. Time to break out the rakes, trowel and garden gloves.

I usually plant tomatoes, peppers and squash, but maybe I should try a few new vegetables this year. Radishes? What else would be tasty? Any ideas?

I’ve found useful advice from Tony Maniezzo, food garden horticulturalist at the Botanical Garden of the University of British Columbia.

Raptors, Energy and “Sunday at the Park”

Potomac Overlook | watercolor sketch | 4" by 3" | copyright Liz Macklin 2009
Potomac Overlook Park | watercolor sketch | 4" by 3" | copyright Liz Macklin 2009

On October 11, 2009, join me for Sunday at the Park! I’ll be sketching hawks, owls and other birds of prey at Pot0mac Overlook Park in Arlington, Virginia.

While you are there, tour the “Energerium” – a new exhibit that examines nature through the lens of energy.  Activities for all ages continue from 1:30 to 3:30 pm!

For directions to the park, check the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority web site.