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Long Weekend in Washington DC

We visited our youngest grand daughter, Annabelle, this past weekend and I added more pages to the watercolor journal I dedicated to our visits with her.  Previous pages are visible by clicking on the Washington DC category.


I rarely sketch my grandchildren because it never looks like them.  Annabelle is much cuter than I made her in this drawing.  The small sketch shows her running around the Natural History Museum with us on Friday.


Saturday we had breakfast at Eastern Market and enjoyed the many flower vendors - everything was so bright and fresh.



We then went to Oktoberfest on Barrack's Row, the highlight of which was the childrens' petting zoo.  There were two very small goats there with their Mother that all of the children loved. 


The goat on the left was drawn with a Pilot Varsity Pen, but the watercolor paper in the Cachet Linen Journal was too absorbent and it was difficult to wet the ink to shade the goat.  The one on the right was painted with a neutral gray watercolor wash.


Lovely looking baby goats.. And Annabelle is sooo cute.. I am sure she would have enjoyed the petting zoo..

Annabelle looks so adorable! Really reminds me of my niece :) The sketch is beautiful too. I really like the flowers, they are gorgeous. I didn't know thet people celebrate Oktoberfest there too :)

Cute kid (Annabelle) and kids (goats)! I like your pages, well done!

What a lovely day and reminder that you painted. You will be able to share that with her one day, and she will love it.

What a great idea to have a sketchbook dedicated to your time with Annabelle. She's darling and your paintings are charming. nancy

Lovely sketches Shirley...can you imagine one day when she is big enough and browses your blog to read all this? I'd love to be close by for that day!

Annabelle is beautiful. I can see the likeness in your drawing of her. I like the delicate touch of your drawings - the soft and understated colors and lines.

Annabelle is adorable! And I just love those cute little shoes! The flowers are amazing and I really like the way the goats came out...especially the varsity pen one!

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