How to enjoy a moment of relaxation and fun at noon? I spent an hour today with the staff of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. First we sampled a delicious assortment of salads by artist and chef Nevin Bossart. Then we experimented with printmaking. I brought the paints and colored papers, as well as a collection of leaves and flowers — maple, sweetgum, peony, yarrow and lavender. Part of the fun was seeing all the amazing creations. I met nurses, chaplains, interns and clinicians, and we chatted about art, color, techniques, day-to-day activities and the scrumptious food! Everyone celebrated with cake and bid farewell to a staff member who is moving overseas. The event, a monthly feature of “Caring for the Caregivers, ” is sponsored by Lombardi’s Arts and Humanities Program under the direction of Nancy Morgan.
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.
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.
Yellow, pink and blue irises bloomed near my door this month!
I’m starting to paint again.
Also, I’m updating my web site at www.lizmacklin.com
Five inches of snow, snapping power lines, glistening in the moonlight.
Stay warm, everyone.
When all my friends seem tired of the snow, I still love winter.
What would fall be without beautiful trees and hikes through the Blue Ridge? On the way home from Sky Meadows Park, we stopped at a vineyard to sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
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