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Friday, May 31, 2013

Lavender Fields - Week 4 - Watercolor Journaling Workshop

Another week at Lavender Fields! Rain was actually falling as I approached the gardens and decided I would have my students sketch inside the gift shop. There are so many wonderful items for sale there - soaps, sachets, pillows, lotions and potions and everything made with and of lavender! They had fun sketching and had only finished up the sketches when the skies cleared and we hurried outside to take advantage of the reprieve and sketch the lavender, now with a decidedly purple haze forming on the tips of the heretofore green plants. What fun they had sketching and painting out among the fields of lavender! We have two more weeks to go - so if you'd like to drop in for a session do come! Call Lavender Fields at 302-684-1514 or 302-684-1602.

Crystal sketching lavender plants

MaryAnn sketching

Suzanne sketching the lavender - her spread is below

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 store maintains regular hours 10:00 to 4:00 every day June 1 to October 1 and on Saturdays and Sundays, from October 1 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.

Jessica sketching

Our "classroom" - the Tea Room building and silos

Mary getting up close and personal with the lavender

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lavender Fields - Week 3 - Watercolor Journaling Workshop

This morning started out wet and rain threatened as I arrived at the lovely Lavender Fields in Milton, Delaware for session #3 of my 6-week Watercolor Journaling Workshop. MaryAnn, who works there and is also a participant in the class, and I decided that since it looked like the heavens were about to open up, to have the class meet in the gift shop instead of the tea room/classroom. There are so many delightful lavender-oriented things for sale there that I felt there would be ample opportunity for subject matter. But, by the time everyone arrived, it seemed as if the rain was not going to come so soon and I quickly changed gears and set everyone on their way to journaling straight away!

No lesson today, except for two hours of sketching, painting and writing on the beautiful, peaceful grounds of the Lavender Fields. I did as I always do, going around from person to person, helping each one individually as they struggle to capture what they see before them. It is so amazing how well these beginners can do with just a little encouragement and a few helpful tips and demonstrations. It's so exciting and fun to watch the light bulb come on their eyes and the sense of pride at what they are able to do with a little instruction.

Here's my photo essay from today's class:

Lavender Fields - Week 2 - Watercolor Journaling Workshop

Last week was the second session of my 6-session workshop out at Lavender Fields in Milton. The weather was chilly, but at least it wasn't raining and we were able go outside to do some sketching. The lavender is green now with little buds visible although no purple to be seen yet, except for the gorgeous purple iris along the side of the property and other flowering shrubs and plants growing throughout this magical place. I didn't get the chance to post these before now, so I'm doing a little catch up. Here's a photo essay on last week's lesson:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Gallery One, Ocean View, DE

Happy Journalers at the end of the Workshop - My traditional group photo!

Journals - their favorite pages shown

I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop this past weekend - Saturday and Sunday at the beautiful Gallery One in Ocean View, Delaware - the town just next to Bethany Beach, one of Delaware's lovely beach towns. Gallery One, established in 2005, is a fine art gallery owned and operated by a group of local artists from the Maryland/Delaware shore area. Over 22 artists and artisans fill the space with art works and prints from paintings to multi media, glass, photography, pottery, sculpture and textiles. 

They offer workshops in a variety of topics and asked me to do one of my workshops there. Rain threatened the whole weekend, but held off enough for us to go outdoors on Saturday but Sunday was just a bit too drippy for a day outside. No matter, we found tons of inspiration inside the gallery, as the photos will show! Everyone had a good time and I hope, I have inspired them to continue journaling and studying drawing and painting and filling their own journals with their unique observations of the world around them!

The photos below represent the two days we spent surrounded by the fine art of Gallery One's artists. How inspiring! I will let the photos speak for themselves, but you should know that my workshops are geared towards beginners - many never having drawn or painted since childhood. (although more experienced artists take and enjoy my workshops too) I think of these workshops as a introduction to drawing and painting and cover the basics of learning to draw and handling watercolor with a bit of color theory thrown in. 

Gallery One is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE. 302-537-5055

The above two photos show the class working on drawing exercises
My notes, watercolor kits and journals

Prang watercolor kit and Niji waterbrush
This and following photos show me demonstrating and students journaling

The ground below the camelia tree/bush was strewn with dead and dying blossoms - So lovely!

End of first day - taking photos of the journals!

Next photos - color and painting exercises

This and next photos - Shapes exercises inside gallery

5 Minutes of quiet observance and writing

It was a very rewarding day for me as everyone was very excited about what they had done in our two days together at Gallery One, absorbed in quiet observation and working with pen, paper, color. Simple tools that fit in your purse and a way to slow down and notice the world around you. Here's a link to my Workshops page on our website and a list to upcoming classes.

If you or your organization is interested in having me come and teach a workshop, please contact me at rosemary@livecheapmakeart.com or call me at 302-359-5534. We love to travel to new place!

Happy Journaling!