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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lavender Fields - Week 5 - Watercolor Journaling Workshop

Journal pages from Tuesday's session - week 5

We finally had a gorgeous sunny, blue sky day at Lavender Fields! The lavender is almost fully in bloom now - the English Lavender anyway - the French variety almost ready to pop now. The iris that bloomed across the side of the lavender fields is spent. How lovely they were. The meadow is blooming an eye-popping yellow.

This is a most magical place and I strongly advise you to visit if you haven't been there yet. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching there every Tuesday morning and arriving to see what was blooming and watching the progress of these lovely lush rows of lavenders! There are 37 different varieties - all marked with their names. I've also enjoyed watching this eager, enthusiastic group of student/journalers blooming as well. They have learned much and tried all the things I've asked of them. Not to get too poetic (or corny!), they reminded me of butterflies or busy bees, flitting over the lavender, soaking up the smells, the sights, the sounds; capturing the beauty of this place in their journals, with pen and ink, washes of watercolor and their own thoughts and feelings.

Next week will be our last session together and I will miss them all. This past week a few folks who had been in previous workshops of mine dropped in to experience the Lavender Fields for themselves and enjoyed a morning of journaling, as I did my own flitting from artist to artist, offering suggestions and working with each one on whatever bit they might have been struggling with, encouraging them to keep going, to push themselves beyond what they thought could do, watching them succeed, seeing their happy faces when the page they were working on brought joy to their hearts.

One more week. I expect the Lavender Fields to be a glorious purple haze when I arrive Tuesday morning. What fun it has been.

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Just one of the views at the Lavender Fields - love the purple garden chairs!

Look at the beautiful color of the lavender!

English Lavender is fully blooming now

View across the fields

Lavender Fields and Silos

Getting up close and personal with the lavender plants - observing & capturing the differences

HidCote Dark Purple English Lavender detail

MaryAnn (one of the owners of Lavender Fields) among the fields of lavender

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