Don’t get me wrong, I’m still thrilled to live and work in New York City. That said, cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C. IS hard to beat! This week the temps in the nation’s capital have gone from being in the mid-30s and 40s to a balmy 78 degrees today. Though the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin are still not sure if winter’s gone for good, I’m betting that they’ll overcome their shyness and burst into bloom over the next two days. (Fingers crossed!)
Here’s what’s blooming so far around the Foggy Bottom and Georgetown neighborhoods…
Every year spring comes without fail and yet I’m always surprised by how magical it all seems!
When I walked home through Central Park on Friday afternoon this is what I saw…
(P.S. The delicate aroma of the flowers throughout the park was pretty spectacular, too!)
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
I’m in Washington, D.C. on tour this week with the New York City Ballet at Kennedy Center. Although the weather was gorgeous the day we arrived, it’s turned cloudy and cold ever since…which is not so bad when you have to be indoors rehearsing, but puts a definite damper on sightseeing! After hibernating in the hotel room this morning, I finally got up the courage to pile on some layers and go for a brisk walk. And I was so glad I did. The grey skies were the perfect foil for the vibrant blossoms that are bursting forth on many of the trees.
There was a softness to the statues…
Historic hotels looked majestic…
And the crisp air was delicately perfumed.
Just a tad romantic? You bet!
I’m closing in on the finish line…only 3 1/2 more illustrations to go for the 2015 Joana Miranda Studio Calendar! (In case you’re wondering, I’m counting the illustration that is laid out in pencil on my drafting board – but not yet rendered – as the half.) The entire process of designing a calendar has been a thrill. The challenge of coming up with an image that fits the particular characteristics of a certain month is actually more liberating than I thought it would be. And I’ve found that thinking this way has also freed up my approach to creating backgrounds and scenes for my “fashionistas.”
Here are sneak peaks of portions of my most recently completed calendar illustrations. I’m not giving away the months they represent, but I think you’ll agree that these aren’t winter months…
With any luck, the 1/2 illustration on my drafting table will turn into a fully completed illustration by tomorrow. Stay tuned for a fun surprise (and thank you Tracy F. for the inspiration!)
I’m spending a few days now in Washington, DC….not working, just getting some much needed rest and being “the wife” as my husband slaves away conducting performances at Kennedy Center. (In case you’re in town, here is the schedule for the New York City Ballet performances.)
Even though the sky was gray today, the temperatures were warm and the rain held off. Which gave me the perfect opportunity to take these shots…