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Monday, May 13, 2013

Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Lavender Fields Farm

Lavender by Rosemary Connelly
The first session of my Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Lavender Fields turned out to be a very wet, rainy day! No matter, we did our drawing exercises indoors used potted plants as stand-ins for the real thing outside!

The plan for the workshop is that for 6 consecutive weeks we will meet at the Lavender Fields in Milton, Delaware, the peak growing season for the lavender and my students will fill their journals with their own writing, drawings and paintings, following this progression. 

Here's an excerpt from their website: 

"Forget an expensive trip to Provence, France. A day trip to Lavender Fields Farm is all you need if you long to wander through blooming rows of purple lavender, enjoy the beauty of this sweet smelling herb, pick your own bouquet of flowers, rest under the shade of a tree, and experience all the flavors, fragrances and healing qualities of this amazing purple flower. You can cut your own flowers in the fields, check out the quaint cottage store which offers everything from potted plants to scented soaps or attend one of a dozen demonstrations on lavender’s many uses in the farm’s restored nineteenth century barn. The store’s ambience with its delicious smells, soft music, homespun displays and warm lighting provides a warm, welcoming, folksy, not over-powering atmosphere, where a person can feel comfortable lingering a while and trying out the products." 

To learn more about this special place, visit their website at www.lavenderfields.com

There are 5 sessions left - including tomorrow, May 14, 2013, from 9am-11am and if you are not a complete beginner, you can join in one or more sessions. Call Lavender Fields at 302-684-1514. It's only $25 per session.

Above two photos: Seriously focused on my drawing exercises!

Writing observations in her journal - that's the Winsor Newton watercolor kit I recommend, at right

I love that the photo captured the wet watercolor! That's the Niji waterbrush she's using.

Niji Waterbrushes are so easy to use and to clean. Especially when journaling outdoors.

Adding color with the waterbrush. That's the Prang set, with green removed so you have to mix it!

My beginners did such a great job, don't you think! Can't wait to see their progress as the weeks go by!

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