Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sketchbook Journaling In France!

 I have renewed my acquaintance with watercolors (after about 13 years of leaving them for oils), and oh they are as fun as ever.  I'm really enjoying the whimsy of sketchbook journaling...just for me (though I'll share some pages with you here for fun)! I took a small 5x8" Moleskine watercolor book with me on the trip over to France...purposefully to get myself into the habit of taking it with me everywhere! It's small enough to fit into my purse! While there I had some watercolor postcards (how handy- they fit into my purse even easier!).
 Those who know me well, know that I love lavender. I got hooked on this on a visit to a California lavender farm several years ago. Started growing my own....and well, it became quite the addiction. Now I have several varieties in my own garden, and I seek out other growers to learn if there are any great varieties out there that I might be missing out on! At Lherm Lavender Farm in France I got to see some of my favorite varieties in a spectacular field of purples! At the edge of one field was a huge shade tree, with an old climbing rose growing up into it! Oh how wonderful to sit under those shady boughs.
This Friday, and two more after that I'll be giving away two  watercolor postcards each week. I really wish I could have tucked you into my suitcase, I've been wanting to tell everyone how beautiful this place is. 

Now take a deep breath, close your eyes...let the fragrance waft along the breeze....feel the stress of the day dropping off your shoulders. One lavender, two lavender, three....


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Blogger Julie Ford Oliver said...

The colors in your watercolors are beautiful. Summery and sparkling.
I use a moleskin of the same size too. I love the paper.

I enjoyed what you wrote about the lavender.
Lavender brings back memories of childhood for me. Little sachets in drawers and cupboards. Lavender water sprinkled on a cool cloth for the brow if a temperature came on. I do not know if it was an English "thing" or not but have not noticed them here in the USA until the last few years.

July 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM  

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