I’ve just returned from teaching a workshop for the Potomac Valley Watercolorists in Arlington, VA. What a wonderful wonderful week! Spring was in the air (also a chill!) and the trees were budding. A few hours before boarding my plane for home on Saturday morning, I was treated to a personally guided tour of our nation’s capital by our fantastic workshop coordinator, Marilyn Milici. It was the first day of the 16-day celebration of Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. Each year, the festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the Mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington and celebrates the lasting friendship between the US and Japan. The celebration this year is especially bittersweet because of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and it is hoped this year’s festival will act as a conduit to unite the millions of people who want to assist and express their support to the people of Japan. This was my first trip to DC and I was truly bowled over by the beauty of our nation’s capital, as well as the generosity of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. A special thanks to Marilyn and also to Terry Rea, Debby Conn, and Emilie McBride for treating me to another fabulous tour of the Phillips Collection.
Thanks Marilyn, for making it all so comfortable for us – it was greatly appreciated!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Colleen Sabo, one of the workshop participants who also had purchased one the paintings from my show last fall…………
It was a week of fun, experimenting, working hard, and many painting successes. Here are a few paintings from the workshop:
Thanks, Debby and Vita for sending me these great workshop photos!