Winter at the National Arboretum
For a sketchbook artist, silhouettes are the subjects of winter. With two months to go before bloom, the curved and twisted branches of this weeping cherry tree make their own pattern against the pale winter sky:
At the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., the winter landscape has a subtle beauty. I found the weeping cherry there yesterday and, with my mittens on, drew three of the U.S. capitol's 20 original columns, perched in the meadow and waiting to surround a new building:
-- Sue Fierston paints and teaches just outside of Washington, D.C. in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As a painter, she works in acrylics and watercolor and is in the middle of a series called "100 Flowers." As a teaching artist, she works with teachers to bring art into their classrooms in grades 4-8. Her posts focus on her nature-themed art collaborations. For a look at her paintings or more about her teaching, check out her website at suzannefierston.com.