Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Travels Part 1

Last Friday I flew to Baltimore with several friends, then met up with two more near DC, to attend a wedding of another friend's daughter in Roanoke, Virginia. The ride from the DC area to our destination was about four hours, and we had a great time catching up on all the news and drama of our lives.

The wedding itself was at a mountain top facility. We were chaufeured there in several school busses on a steep, winding dirt road that made for a hair-raising adventure. I was thankful the transmission held up, and hoped the brakes would also, for the ride down. The weather was perfect and the wedding was lovely.

The view from the venue.

Thirty-four years since college and we're still hanging out together!

Before heading back home, we managed a bonus day sightseeing in Washington DC. I hadn't been there in a long time, so it was a pleasure to visit the monuments and museums.

 Lincoln Memorial
 Washington Monument
World War II Memorial

We also visited the Museum of American History, the National Gallery of Art, and had lunch at the restaurant on the top of the Hotel Washington. The White House can be seen clearly from the restaurant. We didn't see any famous politicians during lunch, so hopefully they are doing something useful (or are on vacation)! 

This was a great exhibition!

 Andy Warhol "Marilyn" silkscreen

George Bellows "A Stag At Sharkey's" 1917, lithograph

 Martin Lewis, "Stoops in Snow" 1930  dry point etching

 Claus Oldenburg sculpture

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Illustration Friday "Tornado"


I couldn't think of a humorous take on this week's Illustration Friday's prompt, but I could envision the hope of finding what can't be replaced.

Summer Time!!

We are having a lovely stretch of summer weather that's in synch with my first week of school vacation! Enjoyed a pleasant day working on a project in my "summer studio." The yard is looking great, thanks to my husband's hard work maintaining the perennial gardens!

My sister had a young fawn resting in her yard last week, and I will include its picture just because it is so cute. The mother was nearby, and watching out for her baby. They even got to see the fawn nursing before the pair headed off again!

Enjoy the longest days of sunlight as we approach the Solstice! It makes up for those short, dark days of Winter!