Spring Fever and Cherry Blossom Time

Jefferson Memorial       

Cherry Blossom Time in DCI’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…………

DonnaandColleen

It was a week of fun, experimenting, working hard, and many painting successes. Here are a few paintings from the workshop:

          CarolynWright             HyacinthDavis

              Carolyn                                                                        Hyacinth

CarolBouville  JaniceBurns    

Carol                                                                                          Janice

MarilynMilici         DeborahConn2

Marilyn                                                                                        Debby

CathyHammack CathyHammack2

                                                            Cathy

GwenBragg           BettyCarney

Gwen                                                                                      Betty

ColleenSabo2   BrendaBarthell

 

 

Colleen                                                                         Brenda

EmilyMcBride2  VitaSims2

Emilie                                                                           Vita

 TerriRea    MargittaHanff2                                                                 

  Terri                                                                                    Margitta 

JeanneUlrich   MegMackenzie                                                                          

 Jeanne                                                                             Meg 

PeterUlrich    PeterUlrich2

                                                                 Peter

Thanks, Debby and Vita for sending me these great workshop photos!

Happy Painting!