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Friday, April 29, 2011

Watercolor Journaling Workshops!!



There are a couple of opportunities coming up for Watercolor Journaling Workshops. Lots of opportunities for a fun, no-stress, rewarding experience! For those of you who have been attending my once-a-month-on-a-Sunday Watercolor Journaling Sessions, these will take the place of the May and June Sessions.

Wednesday, May 4, 9am-4pm
Watercolor Nature Journaling at Abbott's Mill Nature Center

Spend a creative and informative day in the outdoors! Explore the natural beauty and diverse habitats of AbbottĂ­s Mill Nature Center and discover the joys of capturing your observations and feelings in a watercolor nature journal. Our day will begin with an informative nature walk led by Jason Beale. Rosemary will share with you her journals and tips on how to create your own nature journal in pen and watercolor. Some drawing experience is recommended. For information or to register call 302-422-0847.
Member/Non-Member Price: $50/$75

Sat/Sun/Mon, June 25-27, 5:30-7:30pm
Watercolor Journaling Workshop

Discover the joy of creating a watercolor journal as a memento of your travels - around the world or just around the neighborhood. Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut Street, Milford DE. For information call 302-430-7646
Member/Non-Member Price: $70/$80

Wed/Thurs, June 29-30, 10am-3pm
Watercolor Journaling Workshop

Discover the joy of creating a watercolor journal as a memento of your travels - around the world or just around the neighborhood. Gallery One, 32 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970. For information call 302-537-5055. www.galleryonede.com
Price: $120

Suggested Supply list:
• Blank journal with watercolor paper (not sketch paper) archival, acid free.
• Waterproof pen (brown or black) PITT by Faber-Castell
• Watercolor travel kit, such as: Winsor & Newton Cotman Field Plus Watercolor Travel Set, Winsor & Newton Cotman Field Box
or visit Rehoboth Art and Framing: they will order for you.
• Add one round #6 brush to kit.
• And include: hat, sunscreen, rag/paper towels, carry all and chair if desired.

.....And, for those of you with kids or grandkids:

Monday-Friday, August 15-19 9am-12pm - Ages 8-12
Creating a Nature Journal

Using watercolors, photography, and writing, we will help students discover the joys of creating a nature journal. Students must bring a digital camera to class and watercolor materials will be available to use from the art league. $125 per camper. Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut Street, Milford DE. For information call 302-430-7646

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Watercolor Nature Journaling Workshop planned

Abbott's Mill has put on the information on the Watercolor Nature Journaling Workshop I am teaching there on Wednesday, May 4. I would love to have you join me for a fun day at the Abbott's Mill Nature Center - see the info below for all the details! And click here for a listing of all of their upcoming nature programs for children and adults and information on how to register for classes and workshops.

Program #: U11-301-AM Max: 12
Wednesday, May 4, 9 am - 4 pm
Member/Non-Member Price: $50/$75
Leader: Rosemary Connelly, Live Cheap and Make Art Studios and Jason Beale

Spend a creative and informative day in the outdoors! First, enjoy a nature walk and explore the natural beauty and diverse habitats of Abbott's Mill Nature Center. Discover the joys of capturing your observations and feelings in a watercolor nature journal. Rosemary will share with you her journals and tips on how to create your own nature journal in pen and watercolor. Some drawing experience is recommended. Supply list to be provided upon registration.

Here are some photos of the beautiful surroundings and of classes I have previously taught there!





"Spring Fever" Artists Reception April 21, 5-7

Monday, April 11, 2011

Watercolor Journaling at The Towers B & B





Yesterday morning I met my April watercolor journalers at one of the loveliest places in Milford, The Towers Bed & Breakfast on North West Front Street, in the heart of downtown Milford, Delaware. The Towers, built in 1783 as a colonial building constructed during the Revolutionary War, was dramatically remodeled in 1891 in the lavish "steamboat Gothic" style. In the early 19th century it was home to Delaware 's most famous poet, John Lofland, a rival to Edgar Allen Poe! It was later owned by William Burton, Delaware's governor during the Civil War. This frilly Victorian is featured in the book "America's Painted Ladies: The Ultimate Celebration of our Victorians" by Elizabeth Pomada and MIchael Larsen.

The elaborate woodwork was crafted by an Italian cabinet maker and skilled carpenters from Milford's shipyards were hired to execute the designs. Click here for a brief history of The Towers. In the mid-1980s, the home, in serious disrepair, was purchased and extensively remodeled. It was painted pink with lavender, yellow and blue accents, and the interior was returned to its Victorian charm. It is now owned by Dan and Rhonda Bond, (also owners of the delightful LadyBug Shop across the street from the B&B).

Dan & Rhonda Bond, owners of The Towers Bed & Breakfast


The Sunroom, a detail


We spent the first part of the morning in the bright, cheery and aptly named "Sun Room" that looks out on the garden. I gave a brief lesson on color theory and the elements of design and we proceeded into the ground floor of the Towers to find interesting things to capture with pen and brush. A bit intimidated at first by the absolutely gorgeous antique furnishings, everyone managed to find something of interest to focus on.

Dining Room and Statuary


Photo from last year's Watercolor Journaling Workshop in the Gardens at the Towers


After a sharing session we went out into the garden. I get so engrossed in these sessions, teaching and helping that I did not manage to take one photo of my students hard at work! I borrowed these photos from the Towers website but hope you will visit their site and read more about it. My family has stayed there several times when I have had "overflow company" I couldn't accommodate in our home and they loved it, being able to walk around the downtown, enjoy the Riverwalk and the shops along N.W. Walnut Street.

Here are a few views of the interior (borrowed from their website)

Entry Hall and N.W. Front St.


Parlor and exterior view


Sitting Room and Breakfast


A journal entry of mine of the exterior of The Towers Bed & Breakfast

Friday, April 8, 2011

Catch Spring Fever at Abbott's Grill!



Catch the fine art photography of talented local artists that include Bob Connelly, April Abel, Joe Mullan, Libby Zando among others at the exhibit that runs April 19 to May 24 at the award winning Abbott's Grill restaurant in downtown Milford. Enjoy a terrific meal too and know that 20% of the sales of art during this event will benefit the Save the Milton Theatre Fund!