Let's get together to enjoy plein air (outdoors) painting/sketching and photography, and nature journaling in Lake Accotink Park (Springfield, Virginia) and along Accotink Creek (meandering throughout Northern Virginia). Plein air outings are scheduled throughout the year to allow members the chance to explore creatively the beauty each season offers. Nature Journaling outings are scheduled every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month so members can get up close and personal with Accotink's native plants and animals. The Springfield Art Guild, Friends of Lake Accotink Park and Friends of Accotink Creek formed this partnership to support the visual arts in our community while educating the public about these beautiful local parklands.
Nature is putting on a show at Lake Accotink! There's so much to see, and the woods are changing rapidly as the weather warms.
We'll be taking some side trails down to the lake where we might see some ducklings and goslings with their parents. (Photo credit: Mama Hooded Merganser with her babies, by Mike Murray).
If you'd like to try iNaturalist, upload the iNaturalist app and set up an account. I will be at the park by 4:30p.m. and can help you before we begin the walk. Make sure your smart phone is fully charged.
Please NOTE: For this outing, we will meet in the large parking on the left as you drive into the park on Accotink Park Road. It’s the first parking area you will see if you are new to the park. As you enter the lot, turn to the right and park in the far right-hand corner near the trail trestle.
Please text or call me—Elaine Sevy,[masked], if you can’t find us or have questions (email address is [masked]).
In addition to your smart phone and art supplies, definitely bring binoculars if you have them (I will bring a couple of extra pairs) and something to sit on. A chair is nice, but even a comfy towel will do. Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and a little muddy.
Nature Journaling helps you become more comfortable sketching and painting outdoors, and doing studies that inspire future paintings.
A good basic Nature Journaling kit includes: 6x8” or 5x7” sketchbook (at least 90 lb. weight paper to handle light watercolor washes), HB drawing pencil, pencil sharpener, Kneaded eraser, a waterproof ink pen such as a Pigma Micron 01 or 05, set of watercolor pencils (Derwent is a good brand), a small container for water (film canisters work great), Pentel Aquash Water Brush and Paper Towels. Or bring whatever materials you are comfortable using. Also bring your cell phone and/or a camera for photo references, and binoculars.
Directions to Lake Accotink Park (Don't use GPS devices):
Take Springfield/644W exit from I-95, which puts you on Old Keene Mill Road. At 3rd stoplight, turn right on Hanover Rd. Continue on Hanover (through residential section) to Highland Ave. Turn Left.
Turn right on Accotink Park Rd. The park entrance is on the left (an industrial area is on the right). Accotink Park Rd. continues here. Take it until you reach the large parking lot on the left, before you reach the dam. This lot is below the railroad trestle.