Teaching Watercolors at Bowood Farms

By the looks of this journal blog, it seems as if I have disappeared. But I’m still here, still painting and excited to be doing more teaching.

I’ve been teaching entry level workshops at the beautiful Bowood Farms - Nursery, Garden ,Homestore & Cafe. It’s quite the setting. They have a beautiful space for teaching watercolors. In fact, they offer many classes and I have take a few myself (sashiko embroidery and calligraphy so far). I always enjoy learning something new.

It’s been so exciting to introduce people to the world of watercolors. It never gets old and it’s always thrilling to see someone get excited about watercolors. So often people come into class with all of these ideas about what it mean to be create, paint or even paint in watercolors specifically. Most of them aren’t very positive, let alone true. I can’t tell you how many times I hear that watercolors is the hardest of all the art forms. I hear it over and over. I think they all art forms have their challenges. And fortunately for me I’ve only ever painted in watercolor. So everything else seems hard to me!!! What this means is that before we even hold the brush I spend a little time kicking down these mental blocks. Once our minds are erased of all those negative thoughts and ideas, it really can free a person up to dive in so we can get to the fun, exciting task of creating with water and paint.

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Never Dead

The poetry of earth is never dead.

by John Keats

Even though I've waited through many a long winter.  It's can be so hard to remember that spring, flowers and green, ALWAYS come.  

Always.

Today I'll buy some flowers to help me remember that even though everything looks brown and dead, it is not.  Perhaps the best metaphor there is for the meaning of hope is spring when the winter is heaviest.  

Happy month of love to you all.  One simple kind act can change a person's day.  Let's all do our part. 

A month of LOVE

February... ugh.  

If you live in the Midwest, this time of year is just hard.  There are lots of cold grey days with little sunshine.  I'm always surprised to how much the weather affects my mood.  I know lots of people have a really hard time during the winter months before spring.  February has historically been a pretty hard month for me.  It was in this month my first marriage collapsed, but it was also in this same month I met and fell in love with my current (and "bestest") husband.  We all have stories and maybe some sad ones.  I just think they are even sadder if they take place in the month of February.  I also remember that February was the hardest month for me to learn to spell correctly.  It's weird what you remember...

Mostly,  I just wish I didn't feel like sleeping all the time.  

 On one hand I'm really thankful for whoever started the Valentine theme because there is no other month that could use a shot of red, pink and sprinkles all over it.  And I love red and pink!   And, I love them together.  But on the other hand February has Valentine's Day and that can be a bit irritating with the pressure to have, find or be in love.  I am choosing to celebrate ALL the different kinds of love in my life.  I'm glad to have a husband and romantic love.  But boy am I thankful for all the other types of love out there.  Let's celebrate it, think and focus on it and perhaps these grey days won't weigh so heavy.  

So this month I will be blogging on things that fill my heart with love and joy.  This is so needed   right now.  My life is so far from perfect and the grey days have me heavier than usual.  So know, I'm trying to focus my own mind and heart on anything other than the grey, cold and dreariness.