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Friday, August 17, 2012

Nature / Watercolor Journaling in Virginia

Traditional end of workshop shot!

At Sunday Park
I had fun teaching a Nature / Watercolor Journaling workshop for my granddaughter and her cousins / friends this past week in Virginia. Using many of the same exercises I employ with adults, I worked with these bright 8 and 9 year-olds for 3 consecutive mornings and I would say that they learned a few things about watercolors and about observing nature up close and recording your observations in a journal with your own words and paintings.
Closing their eyes and listening to nature

Some pages from their journals

Talking about taking care of their art supplies

At Sunday Park, observing and sketching

A "spread" from one of the girls' journals

In Kyla & Bekka's backyard

Listening and observing with eyes closed

Learning to paint clouds

Nature / Watercolor Journaling!

Focused on her writing

Sharing observations

Sitting on the dock, observing the sky and scenery

Talking about creating clouds in watercolor

Journal pages

Now wasn't that fun???

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Enjoying Summer

Sorry I haven't written in so long. Been away, traveling, painting, visiting family, helping our kids and generally goofing off. Haven't done any blogging or e-newsletters. But I'm starting to think about the fall - August here in Delaware, while still hot as summer should be (some days hotter!) one has the sense that it is all winding down and coming to an end. The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler (or is it just my imagination?) Advertisements for school supplies and school clothes are everywhere and people are starting to talk about fall. It's right around the corner now. 

I've had a great summer and I hope to post some photos of the things we did and places we visited but for now I just want to tell you about this coming Saturday - the downtown merchants in our little town of Milford, Delaware is having an old-fashioned Sidewalk Sale and we are participating as members of this group. It starts at 9am on Saturday, August 18 and goes until 1pm. It coincides with our local Farmer's Market and there will be bargains and sales all up and down N. Walnut Street. 

These tiny little abstract paintings can be turned any way that pleases you!
 I'll have note cards and small paintings, special prices on prints and other nifty things, all priced affordably. It's not too early to start thinking about the holidays and I'll have lots of options for gift giving.

So enjoy what's left of summer - there are still some good beach days left and look for an e-newsletter from me some time in September. If you don't already subscribe, you can do so my clicking on this link:  Subscribe to our e-Newsletter