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Monday, October 14, 2013

Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Studios Upstairs

My traditional End-of-Workshop Group Shot! A great group once again! How lucky am I?

As many of you know who live on the East  Coast, it's been a pretty wet week! The sun is finally trying to poke through the clouds today and yesterday wasn't much better. Unfortunately it was the day I had scheduled for my Watercolor Journaling Workshop at the Studios Upstairs - where I rent one of the 9 artist studios above the Mispillion Art League and Angelucci Studios and Artists' Gallery. The Angelucci's manage the "Studios Upstairs"  but we are completely separate from the Art League, a non-profit arts organization. Together, we inhabit the former Humes Hardware Store on the corner of N. Walnut Street and Park Avenue, now known as the Riverwalk Center for the Arts. This 1930s era building was in quite a state of disrepair when it was renovated and turned into the lovely art center that it has become - the heart of the arts community and the downtown, in my humble opinion.

The studios are really a hidden gem. High beamed ceilings, original wood floors and stucco'd walls provide a glimpse into the history of Milford and the smooth white walls with grey trim and lighting accents add a modern look that blend together with style and grace. Scott Angelucci must be acknowledged for his vision and skill as do the hardworking team of volunteers who turned this former upstairs warehouse space into the impressive art space it is today. If you look around at the photos below you can get a glimpse of what the space is like. To really appreciate it, come up and visit! It's a joy to work there. But I digress!

My plan was to have our lessons/exercises upstairs in the common area in the front of the building and then in the afternoon to take everyone outside to sketch and journal. We ended up spending the whole day inside since it was still not great weather by the afternoon although it had stopped raining. I'm getting pretty good at finding ways to keep my students sketching and had them up and about all over the 2nd floor in search of interesting things to observe and capture in their journals. Here are a few photos from the day:

Drawing Exercises in front of The Pearl Lady's sliding door
My beginners - Sketching fruits and veggies

Creating their own color wheels 
Elaine paints the green apple while Maureen observes the green pepper

Capturing thoughts and observations - windows look down on N. Walnut St.

Journal entries from their wanderings around the Studios Upstairs 
Searching for inspiration in the hallways

My reference books and watercolor things

My demo of a red onion and my watercolor kit

Richard painting his potato and M.E., focused on her apple

Near the kitchen window, sketching

Elaine and Michelle finding subjects in the front room to sketch

Sketching their watercolor kits

Wet on wet exercises are always fun

Working away! (empty yoghurt cups came in very handy!)

A messy table! Proof of process! Everyone said they had a good time.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Delaware Art Museum

Last Saturday, September 28, 2013, I led a workshop at Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. They had such a good response to the workshop I did there this spring that they asked me to return in the fall! I love teaching there because of several things: 1- they have a very nice classroom space to teach in, 2- there is a lovely sculpture garden with trees, flowers and other interesting features to journal about and 3- the opportunity for my students to journal inside the museum - a real treat!

This was a one day workshop and I took these photos during the course of the day, that will serve as a "Photo Essay" for the exercises and experiences my student journalers enjoyed.

Sketching their watercolor kits is a good way to learn the colors and begin working with the medium 
Adding watercolor to their journal sketches

Sketching on the Chihuly Bridge - "Persian Window" by glass artist Dale Chihuly

Sketching "RIOT" by Debra Butterfield

The Delaware Art Museum and sculpture garden

Assorted journal pages from the day's workshop

Line drawing sketches of "RIOT" and composition studies of paintings in the gallery

Carefully observing and sketching Chihuly

Looking up to where my students were sketching - the Chihuly Bridge is on the 2nd floor

Adding watercolor to their Chihuly sketches

Sketch of watercolor kit with colors added and named

More Chihuly sketching 
Writing about the day's experiences - an important part of Watercolor Journaling!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Watercolor Journaling at Lavender Fields - Reunion

Today was the Reunion at Lavender Fields in Milton. When I taught the 6-session workshop this spring everyone wanted to plan a reunion so they could get together again for another lesson in September. MaryAnn, one of the owners and a workshop participant and I decided on the date and thought it would be so nice to include a "Victorian Tea" at the end. Five Seasons Tea offers these "Teas" at Lavender Fields on select Saturdays and agreed to do one for us today.

What a lovely day! The weather couldn't have been better. Days are now turning cooler and it was definitely sweater weather but the sky was blue, not a trace of rain and all was perfect for journaling outdoors. We worked in the classroom for about the first hour and spent the rest of the time outside. 

After everyone had a chance to journal around the gardens I gathered them all at the picnic table under a big old tree and asked them each in turn to show us what they had been doing since we last met and the journals are wonderful!! Suzanne had gone to Europe and journaled; Morgan completed a sketchbook challenge to complete 75 pages in 75 days - all pen and ink; most journaled during vacations or just in their backyards. It was immensely gratifying to learn that many of them have shared this activity with friends and family - children and grandchildren - and the joy keeps spreading. I couldn't be happier. Some of them expressed an interest in my Yoga/Watercolor Journaling Workshop in November. (see my website for a complete list of upcoming workshops) Some I will see plein air painting, and hopefully they will keep in touch. I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to meet and work with them and share my love of journaling for them to embrace and now run with. 

Lavender Fields Farm is the only lavender farm in Delaware and is a wonderful place to visit while you vacation on the eastern shore. It is located one-half mile south of U. S. 9 between Lewes and Georgetown at 18864 Cool Springs Road. The ideal time to visit is July, the peak of the bloom season and the fragrance of lavender hangs heavy in the air. The store maintains regular hours 10:00 to 4:00 every day June 1 to October 1 and on Saturdays and Sundays, from October1 to December 31, but will open almost every day if the weather is nice and someone is working in the fields. Other times visitors can call for an appointment at either 302-684-1514 or 302-684-1602.

Here are few photos from our day. Sorry, they do seem a bit jumbled and not in the right order, but you'll get the idea of the kind of day it was!

Every place setting had a quote about Tea! 
Doing exercises in the "classroom" 
Putting finishing touches on today's sketches 
Suzanne and Morgan writing 
Ready for Tea!

Hannah journaling 
Hannah sharing what she's done since we met last

Jessica's recent journal page

Jessica journaling at Lavender Fields 
Kathleen's recent journal page 
The class journaling out in the lavender fields 
End of day photo - Ready for our Tea!

Linda sketching the lavender 
Linda sharing her vacation journal pages 
Mary sharing her journal pages from this summer 
Lavender Fields has a wonderful Monarch Butterfly Garden/Habitat

Morgan sharing her 75 pen & ink sketches done in 75 days journal

Morgan's 75 in 75 journal

Suzanne adding watercolor to her journal page

Suzanne shares her European travel journal - what joy!

Morning lessons in the classroom

Jessica writing in her journal

Pass the Tea please!

Dessert - pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato cupcake, lavender caramels with sea salt & pumpkin!

Victorian Tea - little sandwiches, quiche, scones, banana nut bread sandwich -- so yummy!

Jessica working on perspective and adding color to her sketch