Walking Among Cherry Blossoms
We couldn’t have picked a better weekend to visit Washington D.C. I didn’t realize when we chose the date that it would coincide with the blooming of the city’s cherry trees. After two years of social isolation, families, friends, and lovers strolled among the trees around the Tidal Basin, drinking in the beauty of pink and white blossoms in the sun. In a world with so much division and strife, what a gift to find the promise of hope and renewal still within our reach.
The planting of cherry trees in Washington DC originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan, where the tradition of celebrating the blooming of cherry trees is centuries old. Learn more >
Tips and Techniques– I painted a background wash of quin rose, cobalt blue, and touch of aureolin yellow before heading out to paint the cherry blossoms. This base wash gave the page some life before I started drawing. Once I had sketched the major groupings of blossoms, I painted behind them with more rose and cobalt. Later, I added additional blooms to the page, along with the greens. The trick here is keeping the looseness of the initial wash, while defining the blossoms and adding enough darks to get them to stand out.
A spot has opened up for Sketching the Nature of Italy in Watercolor, May 2-9, 2022. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Italian countryside in Umbria, where nature and culture come together as your muse! Find details at Winslow Arts Center.