Reflection on the Arboretum

The weather was absolutely gorgeous for spending a Sunday afternoon at the National Arboretum. The azaleas and rhodos were in full bloom and everyone and their neighbor seemed to be there enjoying their beauty. This is that annual time of year to make the journey to witness Spring in its full splendor. The only unfortunate thing was that we decided too late in the day to do this and didn’t have enough time to explore. At least for now, we can always go back.

Here are a few pictures I took:

Herb Garden @ The National Arboretum by C. Ashley Spencer

Peony @ The National Arboretum Asian Garden by C. Ashley Spencer

Ellen @ Peonies at National Arboretum by C. Ashley SpencerEllen and Koi @ National Arboretum by C. Ashley SpencerKoi @ National Arboretum by C. Ashley Spencer

I came across this YouTube video of Japanese style sumi-e painting of a koi and I thought it was pretty fascinating to watch the process; although, it does take about 10 minutes because it’s done in real time.

Upon further reflection on our visit to the Arboretum. I found this interesting flower attached to this leaf and several petals on the ground and I was able to do a quick sketch later before they all dried up the next day.

Interpretive Flower Sketch by C. Ashley Spencer

I can’t think of anything more perfect than pretty flowers to share for this 100th year of celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday. Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers out there. This day should be celebrated daily.


Spring Break

While on spring break, my boys and I took an outing to one of my favorite spots to view nature and get inspiration for drawing, River Farm Park, which is also the headquarters to the American Horticultural Society.River Farm, American Horticultural Headquarters by Piers Spencer

I drew an invitation to one of their galas, which can be seen here on my website. Anyway, we had been coming here for years so I thought it would be a good break from being indoors. It was a beautiful day, and although the weather was generally still cold, this was an exceptional summer-like, warm day in March. As we all branched out to do our thing, my 15 year old went exploring, I went to draw and little did I know that my oldest was spying on me, taking some beautiful photos for this blog:

New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, photo by Piers SpencerRiver Farm, HaHa Wall. Photo by Piers SpencerRiver Farm Big Tree. Photo by Piers SpencerSleeping Under Big Tree, River Farm. Photo by Piers SpencerTree Branch/Clouds @ River Farm. Photo by Piers Spencer

River Farm, Drawing Place. Photo by Piers Spencer

And this is what I was drawing:

River Farm Sketch Reference. Photo by C. Ashley SpencerRiver Farm Sketch. Sketch and Photo by C. Ashley Spencer