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Monday, May 28, 2012

We have a New and Improved Website!

Just wanted to let you know that we now have a new and improved website! When you get a chance, check it out and let us know if you have any problems with it. We decided to do away with the "shopping cart" aspect and therefore a re-design was called for. This site will cost us much less and as it seems that most people use the site more to view our work than for purchasing, so it didn't seem necessary. Besides, lowering costs is more in keeping with our "live cheap" lifestyle!

You can still order prints from us, but you'll have to contact us first. Which we hope won't be a big deal and we think will also allow you more options in the long run, since you will be able to order prints in the size you want, and not just the sizes that were available on the OLD website. See, NEW and IMPROVED!

We'll be adding images as time goes by, so we hope you'll stop by often to see what's there. We have the ability to edit this ourselves quite easily, so I hope you will enjoy visiting!

Thanks for all the support and encouragement you give us!

Rosemary & Bob

Exhibition at The Kitchen Restaurant in Milton

Seen Better Days, watercolor, 11" x 14"
My work is currently on exhibit at The Kitchen Restaurant at Paynter's Mill in Milton, Delaware, along with the photographs of Libby Zando and Claire Ingley. According to their website, "Owners Ray Richardson and wife Lisa were the hosts of the former Second Street Grill in Lewes. Chef Ray is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He is assisted by Sous Chef Ryan Betts. Their new restaurant location off Route 1 and Cave Neck Road features convenient parking, a warm stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and lots of space for artwork." 

They host exhibits of work by local artists, curated by Libby Zando (Zando Designs and Waterview Gardens. (I'm teaching a watercolor journaling workshop there June 23 - you can register through her website)

My work will be on display at The Kitchen now through July 9, when it is replaced by a joint exhibit of Bob's photography and the watercolors of Geri Gaskil. 

Stop in and enjoy a delicious meal, beautifully prepared and presented by friendly wait staff in the architecturally pleasing Paynter's Mill neighborhood. Let them know you came to see the artwork too. 

The Opening Reception:

Beautiful fruit and cheese plate
Our friends, artists Sonja Frey & April Abel

The Opening Reception crowd 

Visiting with the guests

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Watercolor Journaling & Haiku Workshop

My traditional end of workshop photo - Happy Watercolor Journalers!
Last evening was really magical. A group of ten eager women gathered in the lovely wooded garden of Marylou and Jack Sheaffer (owner of Bike's Etc in Milford) for one of my Watercolor Journaling Workshops. This one was to be a little different. Always stressing the importance and the value of the writing that accompanies your watercolor journal entries, and knowing that Marylou was a poet who wrote Haiku (Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. Haiku poets...write about everyday things. Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences...click on the link for more about Haiku)  I asked her if she would like to combine forces and do and combination of both in this workshop. And having seen her beautiful garden, I knew it was the perfect spot for this experience.

As huge storm clouds rolled around the sky all day, I did my "NO RAIN" dance...cha cha cha" and thankfully the weather held and we were able to enjoy the rest of the evening outdoors. 

Here's the haiku I wrote, with Marylou's prompts - we were to use our name, something we liked and a place we liked. Using the traditional 5 syllable / 7 syllable / 5 syllable line structure, I wrote:

I am Rosemary,
painting parsley, sage and thyme.
Gardens call my name 

OK, I'm not quitting my day job, but I enjoyed it very much. The night included helping everyone to combine what they had written with what they had sketched and painted, inspired by the garden and its many treasures; eating a delicious gourmet supper from Abbott's Grill, sharing thoughts and journals as they sun slipped low and colored the sky a painter  dream of pinks, oranges and golds.  

Working Away on Haiku poems

The brilliant sunset in reflected in their faces
Haiku by Paige (above Right):
Soft emerald carpet
Moss-thickly, quietly spreading.
Slow down on this path.

Picking strawberries,
Children’s faces painted red.
Jewels from the ground.

Souvenir from Japan
Stocky pot of tea
Scalding water, swirling leaves
Pause, breathe deeply now.

Favorite Journal pages at the end of the workshop

Writing Haiku

Sketching leaves and things from the garden

Composing Haiku inspired by nature

Sketching and composing poetry

Linda and April writing Haiku and sketching

The lovely Marylou

Searching the garden for inspiration

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Rehoboth Art League

My reference books for Watercolor Journaling

All last week I taught a workshop at Rehoboth Art League. I published pages from my own journal pages done while I was staying in one of the rooms set aside for "Artists in Residence" and very much enjoyed being able to stay on-site while I was teaching. It allowed me to spend some quiet time by myself and to focus on some of the lovely details of RAL's "Homestead" and do journaling of my own, which I don't normally have a chance to do when I'm teaching. (I'm having some difficulties posting to my blog these days and so the photos aren't exactly in the right order, day by day, but you get the idea. They've changed something in the way things are published and I haven't figured it out yet, so please bear with me if things seem a bit jumbled. sorry!)
Mo's Open Door sketch and copper pot - The Homestead parlor

Joanne painted a hand-knitted sweater that was in The Homestead gallery

Linda noticed that the window formed a "grid" system for painting!

My watercolor kits - I have several different kinds

Cindy working on her color study design

Mo getting creative with the paint drips

Celia's little swan swimming on a pool of blue watercolor!

The class working on one of the exercises

Joanne's still life - "paint bottles and butterfly, color and line"

Linda brought this cute chicken from home to sketch and create a fun still life

Mo made tea and then captured it in her journal

Student journals from our day in "The Homestead" at RAL

Student journals from our day in the gardens at Rehoboth Art League

Mo had fun sitting on the ground sketching in the garden

Pat carefully observing the flower petals on this camelia/rose bush

Day 1, observing and drawing simple shapes

Journaling in the gardens

Pat adding watercolor washes to her sketch

Happy watercolor journalers!
On a rainy day - I bought different leaves in from outside to sketch

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A week at Rehoboth Art League

I had a wonderful week at Rehoboth Art League. I taught a watercolor journaling workshop there and stayed at The Homestead the whole week. What a treat that was to be a few steps away from the classroom and able to enjoy the lush and lovely grounds in the early morning and after the class was over. I had time to walk on the boardwalk at the beach and enjoy dinner with friends one of the nights and with Bob on another. It was like a little vacation for me and I am grateful to the Art League for allowing me this privilege.

My class was  a delight and I'll be posting photographs of those days in the classroom. This is just a sampling of the journal pages I completed there. If you want to see more, let me know and I'll be happy to show you my journal when I am in the studio. I'll be away all next week as well - although driving to and from various locations. I'm participating in the Plein Air Coastal  Delaware competition. Here's a link to the information for the event: https://www.pleinaircoastalde.org/


Rehoboth Beach, DE, (urban sketches)