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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Upcoming Events

It's been a while since I posted a list of our upcoming events and with a new year out there on the horizon, I thought I'd let you know some of the things we have planned so you can mark your own calendars if you so desire!

Below is a listing of workshops you can attend, as well as arts events, art fairs, exhibitions and art shows where you can view and purchase our original travel art, photography, plein air watercolor journal paintings and prints in the coming months.

Rosemary in her studio. Photo by Gary Emeigh


January 8, 10am-1pm - Start the new year right with the first of Rosemary's "Once-a month-on-a-Sunday-morning Watercolor Journaling Sessions." Dolce Bakery and Cafe, 36 N. Walnut Street. $30 for the 3-hour session that includes a lesson and one-on-one instruction. www.dolcebakery.com

"From Italy with Love" Joint Exhibition with Bob Connelly of our Paintings and Photographs at the Dover Art League, in honor of Valentine's DayOpening Reception - February 3, 5-7pm. 21 W. Loockerman Street (between State & Bradford Streets) Dover, DE 19904 For info, call 302-674-0402 www.doverartleague.com/

February 5, 10am-3pm - Watercolor Journaling and Pottery Session, Kaylpso Pottery.This workshop will explore all your senses in one relaxing day. In Maria Sadler's pottery studio you'll learn simple handbuilding techniques to create a small bowl or tray and her lovely pottery and tools will provide many options for still life entries in your journals, with a lesson from Rosemary and one-on-one instruction. Limited to 8 participants. $65 includes lunch. www.kalypsopottery.com. email Rosemary at rosemary@livecheapmakeart.com and send your check to Rosemary Connelly, 107 Barksdale Ct, Milford, DE 19963 by Feb 1 to save your spot!

March 15, 6:30-9:30pm - Rosemary is this month's instructor at Rehoboth Art League's once-a-month offering of "Canvas & Corks" - it's all about fun, socilizing and wine - Come experience watercolor journaling and just have fun! $40 per person. All materials supplied. For more info contact Kim at educator@rehobothartleague.org

March 18, 10am-4pm Watercolor Journaling and Yoga Workshop with Rosemary and Gwen Guerke will be on at a location to be announced. The event will be a mix of gentle yoga poses, breathing and stretching and capturing thoughts and images with pen and brush in a blank watercolor journal. Email Rosemary at rosemary@livecheapmakeart.com.

March 20, 21, 22 - "How to use a Digital Camera", The Art League of Ocean City, Ocean City, Maryland. Learn to set up photos to achieve optimum light, angle & composition. Beginners and intermediate level photographers will benefit from this class. For info, call 410-524-9433, www.artleagueofoceancity.org

April 16, 17, 18, 9am-noon - Watercolor Journaling 3-day Workshop, The Art League of Ocean City, Ocean City, Maryland With the Life-Saving Museum, boardwalk and historic homes, a great location for watercolor journaling! For info, call 410-524-9433, www.artleagueofoceancity.org

April 30 - May 3, 9am-noon - Watercolor Journaling 4-session Workshop, Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Discover the joys of watercolor journaling in and around the historic gardens and grounds of the Homestead in Henlopen Acres and Rehoboth Beach area. Geared towards beginners, but all levels welcome. For information or to register, call 302-227-8408. www.rehobothartleague.org

May 8, Sunday, 9am-1 Watercolor Journaling and Haiku Poetry Workshop with Rosemary and Marylou Schaeffer in the beautiful wooded landscape of Marylou's Milford, Delaware home Very excited about this opportunity to present another way to add something different to your watercolor journals! Simple Haiku poems are a perfect complement to Watercolor Journaling in nature. Marylou makes it very accessible! More details to come so stay tuned! Geared towards beginners, but all levels welcome. For information or to register, call 302-359-5534 or email rosemary@livecheapmakeart.com

June 5-8, 5:30pm-7:30pm - Watercolor Journaling 4-session Workshop, Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut St., Milford DE Discover the joys of watercolor journaling in and around historic downtown Milford. For information or to register, call 302-424-8361. www.mispillionarts.org

June 9, 10, 3-6pm - Photography: “How to get the most from your Digital Camera” with Bob Connelly Learn to set up photos to achieve optimum light, angle & composition. Beginners and Intermediate level photographers will benefit from this class. For information or to register, call 302-424-8361. www.mispillionarts.org


Studio iRosemary's studio is located in the Riverwalk Center for the Arts, 4 Park Avenue, Milford, DE directly above the Mispillion Art League and Angelucci Artists Gallery. Our art is on display and visitors are welcome to browse our studio and the Studios Upstairs and buy original art directly from working artists. Studio i hours: Wed-Sat 11am-4pm. For information email rosemary@livecheapmakeart.com

The "Life" Section of the November 25, 2011 issue of the News Journal featured the art and life of Rosemary & Bob - their time in Italy, life in Milford and Rosemary's watercolor journaling classes and workshops.

The January 2009 issue of Wavelength the member magazine for KJZZ, the National Public Radio station in Phoenix, Arizona includes an article written by Rosemary about our travels in Italy with reproductions of our photos and paintings. You can read it online by going to: Issuu.com

We made the paper!

Alongside the Mispillion River, photo by Gary Emeigh

We're excited to tell you that the front page of the "Life" Section of Sunday's News Journal contained an article about Bob and I - our art and our life. Gary Soulsman interviewed us a few weeks ago, after we met him at an Art League event and he became interested in the story of how we lived in Italy, our philosophy, to "live cheap and make art" and my watercolor journals and workshops.

Rosemary in her studio, photo by Gary Emeigh

It's a lovely article we're very proud of and especially the lead in, where he says: "As a motto, "live cheap and make art" sounds like a denial of the good things while sacrificing to create something beautiful. But Bob and Rosemary Connelly, a Milford photographer and watercolorist who espouse this motto, are a husband and wife who don't seem to be suffering at all. For them, "live cheap and make art" is simply prizing experience over stuff." Couldn't have said it any better myself! Thanks Gary!

Gary is the religion, arts and general features reporter with The News Journal and Delawareonline.com. Photographer Gary Emeigh came to Milford to shoot us in the downtown and in my studio in the Riverwalk Center for the Arts, above the Mispillion Art League and Angelucci Studios and Artists Gallery.

All photos are by photographer Gary Emeigh

Rosemary's watercolor journals

Bob with the Mispillion Art League's murals

Bob's photograph of the "trulli" in Puglia

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yoga and Watercolor Journaling Workshop

This past Sunday Gwen and I presented our 2nd Yoga and Watercolor Journaling Workshops. We had nine attendees who met in the morning at Causey Mansion and after our usual introductions, we went outside for a yoga session. I am sorry to tell you that I got so caught up in doing the yoga, stretching, breathing and bending along with the group led so skillfully by Gwen that I melted into a relaxed mush and forgot to take photos of her session! She however, did a great job of shooting these photos of the watercolor journaling portion. So, you will just have to imagine a breezy, cool morning in the rear garden of this historic mansion, green hedges behind, towering, ancient trees in all their fall glory, eyes closed, listening to Gwen lead us into a very relaxed state, ready to move inside and begin our journey into watercolor journaling.

Students' Journals


Mixing Colors

Happy students

Isabel focuses on the cotton

Gilda with her journal

Dee focusing on the flowers in the garden

Lori found this wall fascinating

An impression of Causey's exterior, back porch area

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Something new! Italy Portfolios!

I created these little Italy Portfolios as a gift item for the holidays. Each handmade "portfolio" contains 10 giclee prints, reproduced from my watercolor journals of Tuscany and Umbria - sized to fit in a 5x7 frame, to put in a standard 5x7 envelope or simply to keep and enjoy. If you have visited these places, perhaps they will bring back memories of your own time spent in Bella Italia. Gift tags are hand-painted original watercolors.

They sell for $30 each and can be ordered by emailing me at rosemary@livecheapmakeart.com.