Watercolor Journaling: Interview With Rosemary Connelly

Rosemary Connelly's Watercolor Journals

A grouping of Rosemary Connelly's beautiful watercolor journals.
A grouping of Rosemary Connelly's beautiful watercolor journals. | Source

Rosemary Connelly

Rosemary Connelly in her old Milford, DE art studio.
Rosemary Connelly in her old Milford, DE art studio. | Source

Watercolor Journaling Workshops by Rosemary

Rosemary Connelly, Watercolor Artist

I believe you can recognize people who are living their dream. They are passionate about what they do, value living in the moment and are aware that life is an adventure to be savored.

Watercolor artist, teacher and writer, Rosemary Connelly, is clearly living her dream. Her eyes sparkle and her voice has a melodic lilt to it when she shows me some of the stunning art work and watercolor journals that are on display in the, Live Cheap & Make Art Studios, she shares with her photographer husband, Bob Connelly, in Milford, Delaware.

Bob works on his computer in their home studio to refine and fine tune as well as print his digital photographs, and Rosemary creates art in different mediums, primarily watercolor and acrylic but also in oils and pastels. She also hosts watercolor journaling workshops in the Live Cheap & Make Art Studios, as well as other locations.

Rosemary worked for over 20 years as a graphic designer and is a member of the Mispillion Art League, as well as the Dover, Milton and Rehoboth Art Leagues.

When the Mispillion Art League moved into the current gallery on Walnut St. in Milford, Rosemary used her skills as a graphic designer to create their new logo and marketing materials, including brochures. She was also part of the Marketing Committee for a few years before stepping down and turning the job over to someone else.

Milford is known as a river town, art town and hometown and at present, it is all three to Rosemary and Bob, but they did not grow up there. They are New York transplants who spent 30 years in Arizona raising a family until she and Bob pursued their long term dream of moving to Italy where they lived on Bob's firefighter pension for two years while Rosemary documented their travels in watercolor journals and paintings, and Bob took photographs.

Rosemary Connelly in the NEW Live Cheap & Make Art Studios she shares with her husband, Bob. It's at Penney Square and the address is 39 N. Walnut St., Suite 105 Milford, DE 19963.
Rosemary Connelly in the NEW Live Cheap & Make Art Studios she shares with her husband, Bob. It's at Penney Square and the address is 39 N. Walnut St., Suite 105 Milford, DE 19963. | Source

Gift I Bought Myself

Blank gift cards that match the print I bought.
Blank gift cards that match the print I bought. | Source

Rosemary's Wrapping

Even brown wrapping paper and string have an artistic flare once Rosemary finishes wrapping my purchase.
Even brown wrapping paper and string have an artistic flare once Rosemary finishes wrapping my purchase. | Source

Rosemary & Bob Connelly's Milford, Delaware, Live Cheap & Make Art Studios

They returned to the United States and finally settled down in Milford, DE, where they opened their first studio 4 years ago. On Nov. 1, 2014, they moved the Live Cheap & Make Art Studios to a brand new Milford location at Penney Square. The address is 39 N. Walnut St., Suite 105, Milford, DE 19963. The new studio is bigger and brighter, with more visibility being on the ground floor and having big windows to display Rosemary's paintings and Bob's photographs. Although the Grand Opening will be held during the 2014 Milford Holiday Stroll, the studio is already open for business and all paintings, photographs and prints have a 40% discount sale through mid December.

Though my original interview with Rosemary took place 2 years ago, I decided to visit her in the new location to take more photos and see the latest art work for sale. The studio is in a beautiful historic building that used to house J C Penney's. Regular hours are Thurs. - Sat. from 11 am to 4 pm. Private appointment times can be arranged by calling 302-359-5534.

Rosemary greeted me like an old friend making me feel instantly welcomed, and after I took a few photos of her, we continued talking while I looked at the art work and photos that were on display, some hanging on walls and others in baskets that were fun to thumb through.

I fell in love with a brightly colored 9" x 12" Limited Edition Giclée print titled "Blue Door and Window, Cetara, Amalfi Coast, Italy". Due to the Grand Opening Sale, the signed print was very affordable, and I'm going to hang it in my writing studio at home. I also purchased a matching set of 4 blank gift cards that will make great thank you cards since the recipient can display them in a small frame. Even though I was purchasing these items for myself, Rosemary wrapped them in brown paper and string, attaching one of her beautiful business cards to the bow she created.

The remainder of this article is about the original interview I had with Rosemary, and about previous watercolor workshops she's hosted.

For a current list of upcoming workshops and other events Rosemary and Bob will be hosting please visit their website, http://www.livecheapmakeart.com .

Journal & Workshop Photos

Page from one of Rosemary's "recording simple things," journals.
Page from one of Rosemary's "recording simple things," journals. | Source

Student's journal from a workshop that Rosemary gave at the Towers B & B in Milford, DE.
Student's journal from a workshop that Rosemary gave at the Towers B & B in Milford, DE. | Source
Students sketching in the garden at the Towers B & B workshop.
Students sketching in the garden at the Towers B & B workshop. | Source
A student from the Waterview Gardens Workshop sits among the greenery as she sketches.
A student from the Waterview Gardens Workshop sits among the greenery as she sketches. | Source
AM drawing exercises at Arden, DE workshop.
AM drawing exercises at Arden, DE workshop. | Source

Video of Rosemary Connelly Watercolor Workshop

"What is Watercolor Journaling?"

In answer to my question, Rosemary pulls out a leather covered journal that she originally received as a gift. Its once blank pages are now beautifully adorned with original watercolor drawings that she's painted of things like strawberries, doors and other objects.

She tells me, "No object or scene is too mundane to paint in a watercolor journal- it can be a toothbrush, suitcase or breathtaking scene of a foreign country like Italy, but the common denominator is that the artist also jots down some thoughts about why she chose that object or scene and usually writes where she was at the time she painted it."

I notice that the handwriting itself is beautiful and artistically placed upon the page.

"Yes," she says, "Before painting I generally have an idea of what I want to write and leave space for the text."

In Rosemary's capable hands, the end result is quite stunning and no wonder because she has been doing watercolors for many years and teaches it to others in workshops geared to beginners, although experienced artists are always welcome to come and hone their craft. Rosemary holds the workshops in different locales.

For example, she held a spring workshop at Waterview Gardens Estate, a historic private home owned by Libby Zando & Bob Blayney in Milton, Delaware, and the participants created journals of the home's stunning waterview gardens.

Another springtime event was a Haiku Poetry and Watercolor Journaling Workshop that Rosemary and Marylou Scheaffer gave in the beautiful wooded landscape of Marylou's Milford home.

According to Rosemary, "Haiku is a form of poetry that works well in a journal because the verses are short and have a nature theme."

Rosemary Connelly Travel Journal

Pages from some of Rosemary's Italian journals.
Pages from some of Rosemary's Italian journals. | Source

"What is a Travel Watercolor Journal?"

According to Rosemary, "A travel journal has all the features of a regular watercolor journal but is based on the artist's travel to different locales".

An example of such a journal can be seen in a book that she published titled, "Watercolor Journaling in Italy," which documented the years she was in Italy.

She also wrote a blog about the travel adventures that she and Bob had while living abroad and it explains how they were able to afford living their dream on a single pension.

Teaching Kids About Nature Journaling

Abbott's Mill Pond nature walk where Rosemary and Bob took camp kids to take nature photos.
Abbott's Mill Pond nature walk where Rosemary and Bob took camp kids to take nature photos. | Source

Tools for Watercolor Painting

Different kits Rosemary has.
Different kits Rosemary has. | Source

Watercolor Journaling With Kids

In the summer of 2012, Rosemary and Bob taught Nature Journaling Camps for Kids at the Mispillion Art League in Milford, DE, and were featured in a segment on Public Television WHYY's "First" program. The segment can still be viewed by logging onto http://video.whyy.org/video/2265822464 and scrolling to the last story at 23:24.

In the feature, Rosemary explains that, "The classes help kids discover the joys of creating a nature journal using watercolors, photography and writing. We teach them to incorporate basic shapes and vibrant colors into a personal nature journal. Another year we took the kids to Abbott's Mill Pond and also for walks along the Mispillion River where they took photos of flowers, trees and wildlife. Then we returned to the art league studio where the kids created their watercolor journals using simple nature scenes. They had a lot of fun and our hope is that they'll look at the world and color in a different way after this hands on experience."

Another Passion: Plein Air Painting

This acrylic painting of the Fisher Martin House in Lewes won honorable mention in Plein Air Coastal Delaware 2012.
This acrylic painting of the Fisher Martin House in Lewes won honorable mention in Plein Air Coastal Delaware 2012. | Source
"Rehoboth Beach in Morning." painted during Plein Air Coastal DE 2012 competition.
"Rehoboth Beach in Morning." painted during Plein Air Coastal DE 2012 competition. | Source

In addition to watercolor journaling, Rosemary enjoys plein air painting.

To learn more about Rosemary and her husband Bob, visit their website.

Better yet, if you're visiting Southern Delaware be sure to stop by their new, Live Cheap & Make Art Studios in Milford.

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healingsword 4 years ago from California

This is a lovely, well-written Hub, and inspiring--I really want to try making a watercolor journal now. Thanks for posting this, Happyboomernurse!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Healingsword,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub and feel inspired to create your own watercolor journal.

Thanks for the feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I admire those who have great passions in life and live them. I know too many people who spend time eating, going to movies and gossiping. Nothing wrong with that, but doing what you love in your heart to me is where it is at. Thanks for sharing your lovely work..can we see more?


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Carol,

I totally agree that finding our own passion in life and pursuing it is vitally important and I admire those who put their heart into their work, as Rosemary Connelly does with her art.

You can see more of her paintings, including watercolors of Italy, through this webpage link: http://livecheapmakeart.com/art_by_rosemary_connel...

Thanks for leaving an insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Dbro 4 years ago from Texas, USA

on finding her niche. I greatly admire people who can arrange their lives to allow them to follow their dreams. I'm an artist myself, so I really appreciate how challenging this can be. Thank you for sharing Rosemary's story with us!


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

What beautiful work - I wish I could do that~ Maybe in my spare time but what a great idea.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dbro,

So glad you enjoyed reading about Rosemary.

I appreciate and admire those who can create beautiful art work because I don't have that kind of talent myself.

How wonderful that you are an artist. I will be stopping by later to read some of your hubs.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi akirchner,

I wish I could create drawings like this, too, but my artistic talents are minimal.

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and left a comment.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

Ditto - and I particularly have a passion for watercolors---we're doing our photo biz and I have learned to "recreate" watercolors with some of our photos...me thinks that's about as close as I'm going to get though...I so admire people who can actually DO them~ They are really soothing and so pretty! Even the toothpaste one is awesome!


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I am again so inspired and in awe of your ability to interview and show an artist's talent and style. Los Gatos,CA for her workshop is just within several hours drive for me. Wish it was at a local gallery. I would take the class. Thanks again so much for writing this article!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Audrey,

Didn't realize you have a photo biz that recreates watercolors from photos. That sounds cool.

Yes, Rosemary's watercolors of everyday items amaze me because they are so detailed and artistic. Hard to believe that an object so banal can look so good by the time she's done with it.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Starstream,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub enough that you would want to take a workshop with Rosemary if your California home was a little closer.

I think it's so cool that she combines her passion for art with travel.

Thanks so much for your kind words and specific feedback. They're greatly appreciated and brightened my day.


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

I know - I actually have had some pretty good luck with pictures I thought were hopeless - and doing pencil sketches or watercolors with them, they "pop" - it's really a fun thing for me---you can see 'em on Facebook - Central Oregon Photos - or there's a link to our other website Central Oregon Photos on my profile page.

I started it with Bob in my "spare" time when I gave up writing for the past year~ We opened it in January and we're still finding our way but it's been a lot of fun...if only I could stop shooting 800 pics at a sitting but that would be me! We recently did Crater Lake but am glad I shot so many I guess since we ended up using most of mine and only a couple of Bob's~ We both have our own unique styles that's for sure. And as you can see....I'm back at least for now - giving it one more try to NO contests....just apprenticeship and see how it goes. I officially have 4 jobs now~

Missed you though - so glad to be back and see some of my good friends!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Audrey,

I'll definitely check out your Facebook page.

So glad you're back and congratulations on being accepted into the competitive and prestigious apprenticeship program.

I admire your efforts to continually improve your work in all of your jobs and endeavors.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

I'm not an artist, just an admirer of most art styles... but I do love watercolor and was drawn to this hub and so glad to find it as it truly inspired me in so many way...I love that you've written that 'life is meant to be savored' it surely is!! and so inspiring that someone should follow their dream like Rosemary has...thanks for sharing this...lots of votes...cheers


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Beautiful work... your profile of the artist and the artwork. Voted up.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

This is so beautiful! I need to learn how to paint so I can create a watercolor journal, too.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Cartero6,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub and found it inspiring.

Rosemary and her husband, Bob, truly follow their passion and talents, giving back so much to our Milford community even as they continue to travel around the country.

I appreciate your feedback, kind words and the vote up.

Best Regards,

Gail


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

What a wonderful, beautiful and inspiring hub. It hit me just right, as I'm going to Paris in October and in addition to writing, making photos, and blogging, I'm going to take my watercolors. Voted up, across, and shared.


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

Thanks Gail - it does keep me out of trouble~~~Most of the time anyhow....


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Donnah75,

So glad you liked the hub and thank you for the vote up and kind words. They're greatly appreciated.


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Wonderful to see all her samples. I used to love watercolor more than any other medium and Art in high school was the best part. I really don't remember journaling that way, but I like the way it turns out. I will recommend it to my daughter, she draws almost daily. Enjoyable hub. I will check her blog out; especially the study of Italy. Thank you for sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Natashalh,

So glad you found the hub inspirational and I hope you do learn how to create a watercolor journal.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sandrabusby,

Wow, sounds like your trip to Paris will be awesome and I'm glad you're planning to take your watercolors. It really is a great way to document your journey and will also be a way to combine your love of photography and writing into an artistic journal.

Thanks for leaving such a beautiful comment and for the votes up and share. They're greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Audrey,

You're welcome. You always do look on the positive side of things and also make me chuckle.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Bridalletter,

Thanks for all the great feedback. Am so glad you will be sharing this with your artistic daughter and that you will be checking out Rosemary's blog.

Am also thrilled that you enjoyed the hub.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I always admire people who have found their passion and can incorporate that into their reason to exist. This is such a person and her art is amazing. Thank you Happy, for bringing this to us.


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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

Thank you! I have always thought I should keep a travel journal, and I recently started taking watercolor classes, so your idea of a watercolor travel journal is perfect! I can't wait to get started.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mike,

I totally agree and am so glad that you enjoyed the hub.

Thanks for your kind words and ongoing support. They really mean a lot to me.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Debbie,

Wow, what great timing. Hope you have fun creating a watercolor travel journal and then write a hub about the experience.

Thanks for taking time to leave such an enthusiastic comment.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A wonderfully inspirational hub. It is obvious that Rosemary enjoys and is passionate about this form of artwork. It is such a good idea and is something I would like to take up. I haven't done any painting for a long while but I have the paints so there is nothing stopping me.

Thank you for the inspiration to get painting again


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Hi Happyboomernurse, this is a wonderful hub- both in its interesting subject and the neat presentation. I loved the added little touch with the artist's photograph and journal images. Water color is also my passion and I have a kind of journal by keeping the scraps of images I have drawn of evenings with friends etc. but not something regular. This really is new and inspiring idea for any artist. Voted up and shared.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay,

How thrilling that you feel inspired to take up watercolor painting again and it's great that you still have the paints to get started.

Am glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your feedback and kind words. They're greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs Across the Miles,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sen.sush23,

Glad that you enjoyed the hub and photos. I so appreciate your specific and insightful feedback which added to the content of this hub.

How wonderful that you already have a collection of images that you've already drawn from evenings with friends and other good times.

Hope you do get inspired to start putting them into a journal or to create a brand new journal.

Thank you for the vote up and share.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

What an interesting article. I actually purchased a published book from an artist in California who does the same type of watercolor journaling art. Her name is Lisa Bryan and her book is called "Sketches of Carmel." Her work is amazing. What a wonderful life Rosemary Connelly and her husband have had...living in Italy for 2 years...doing photography and art. Nice that they are now combining those talents with what they are now doing for a living. Many up votes!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. The journals look nice when photographed but their true beauty, like any coffee table type book, is only realized when you actually pick them up and feel the texture of the pages, see the exquisite detail in the paintings.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

Rosemary and Bob truly have discovered their passion and this was inspirational to read. I also loved the videos, except now I have a craving for a cupcake (LOL)!

The journals are so beautiful... I greatly admire the creativity of this free expression and agree that haikus would be the perfect accompaniment.

Excellent and comprehensive showcasing of this exceptional couple.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

These are lovely and this idea is inspirational. I wish I only had time to do one or a hundred. sigh

I really love this method of journaling. Thanks Happboomernurse for sharing this lady and her talent.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

these are beautiful and so much fun.. a good friend of mine is very creative and she has these classes at church.. I love the classes. she has even wrote a book.

blessings

Debbie


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Gail, this is so inspirational, it makes me want to brush the dust of my brushes and start painting again!

How wonderful to be living and working your dream and passion, Rosemary's work is beautiful.

Thank you and voted up, best wishes Lesley


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Maria,

Those cupcakes made me hungry, too!

So thrilled you enjoyed the hub and were also able to view the videos.

Rosemary and Bob are such great assets to Milford and the surrounding region, enriching others through their beautiful art, workshops, and volunteer work.

Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment and for the vote up.

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

This method of journaling would really go well with your photography talent if you had more time. Hopefully, one day, you too will be able to devote yourself fulltime to writing and artistic endeavors.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Deborah Brooks,

How wonderful that you have a talented friend who gives these types of classes at church. It's a great activity to do in groups.

I think the watercolor journal books need to be held in one's hands to fully appreciate their beauty.

Thanks for leaving a lovely comment.

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Hope you have a blessed day,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lesley,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and felt inspired by it. I hope you do get out your brushes and paint!

Thanks so much for the vote up and lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated as is your ongoing support.

Sending a Hub Bouquet Across the Miles,

Gail


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

That is an excellent article, worthy of its subject, who is an inspiration. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi B. Leekley,

Am thrilled you found it inspiring enough to share with followers and on other social media.

Your feedback and support is greatly appreciated and I'm so happy to see Rosemary's art work being shared with others. She deserves any recognition that comes from the publication of this article.

Thanks Again, and Hope You Have a Great Day,

Gail


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Great hub and I have had a watercolor journal in progress. Rosemary is an inspiration making it look so easyy. Good thing for me watercolor is so forgiving. I just wish I could draw.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lynn,

So glad you found Rosemary inspiring.

It's cool that you have a watercolor journal in progress. Good luck with completing it.

Thanks for sharing your own experience in your comment.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Very interesting and beautiful hub about watercolor journaling and the watercolor artist, Rosemary Connelly. This is a talent I don't have, or maybe never developed. I am so in awe of people able to capture reality with colors. I can but only do it with words and a camera. Voted up and excellent!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Martie,

Your ability to capture reality and colors with words and a camera are just as awesome as Rosemary's ability to capture them in her watercolor journals, but I know what you mean about wishing you could paint.

Might be fun to pick up a paint brush under the guidance of a teacher like Rosemary and see whether you have an undeveloped talent.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for the vote up and your ongoing friendship and support.

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs & Flowers,

Gail


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

How neat to live the ex-pat life for awhile in Italy- and document it in watercolor, paint, and pics. A water coloring journal is a new one here as well, Gail. What a cool art style it is, and Rosemary appears a true talent with it. Sharp pic of the bridge and enjoyed the vid. Up, beaut and inter!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

Yes, Rosemary and her husband, Bob, really do follow their passion and I thought it was neat that they even lived the ex-pat life in Italy for a few years and then documented it all in their art work and photos.

Thanks so much for your specific feedback. Am so glad you enjoyed the hub, photos and video and learned something new. I also appreciate the vote up.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Rosemary Connelly seems to be a wonderful artists. Thanks for sharing her beautiful works.

Gail, I really loved this interview.

Cheers


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vinaya,

So glad you enjoyed reading about Rosemary's beautiful art and life passion.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Gail


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! I have never seen these before. All the paintings are so stunning. I would love to do this. I don't have painting skills. All attempts by me to paint are what I end up calling "abstract" art. LOL. This is a wonderful hub!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

This is truly inspiring. I love the simple elegance of watercolors and have admired journals such as these before- even though I have done watercolors on sheets, this has given me ideas for creating my own journal. I used to love writing with pen and ink and this also creates the secondary opportunity to do just that. Really wonderful interview with a great creative spirit. Thanks for sharing! voted up!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tammy,

So glad that you enjoyed it. My painting skills are akin to yours which is why I admire artists like Rosemary so much, but sometimes it's still fun to try to paint. Calling what I produce "abstract" art sounds like a great idea to me! LOL

Thanks for the specific feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Docmo,

So glad that you found it inspiring. Simple elegance is a great way to describe these beautiful journals.

How interesting that you've done watercolors on sheets.

Thanks so much for your kind words and specific feedback. I hope you do follow through with creating a watercolor journal and also write a hub about it.

I appreciate the share and the vote up.


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slackermom 4 years ago from Attapulgus GA

Wow, what a great idea. These journals are beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Slackermom,

So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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Karine Gordineer 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Hi Gail - This is a real good and interesting interview. So easy to read for sure. I love the water color journals. Rosemary is very talented.. Self expression through visual art can be so healing and I found this article very inspirational and making me want to make art again - thanks!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Karine,

So glad you liked it and found it inspirational to begin making your own art again.

Yes, Rosemary's journals are beautiful and even more so when you hold them in your hands.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a great hub I truly loved it and wish that I could create such beauty. Thank you so much for this wondrous gem and here's to so many more to follow.

Eddy.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub!

Thanks so much for your specific feedback and for your support and friendship. It means a lot to me.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This is lovely. What a great artist you've chosen to write about and as always I love your own photos too - taken by a real artist for sure! There's something about sketch pads, an aliveness perhaps - that I like almost more than finished artworks, so I really like that you've included all the photos of the journals and explained what it is.

Having said that, I love the En Plein Air paintings too! I recently wrote a hub about outside art activities for kids and included that, so will link back to this hub for more examples.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Melovy,

So thrilled that you enjoyed reading about Rosemary Connelly and liked the photos of her work.

Thanks for the specific feedback and for linking your outside art activities for kids hub to this one. It's greatly appreciated. I think I missed that hub and will stop by your profile to check it out.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Gail-I missed this one when it was first posted. I love art and my father was very talented in that area. I've always wanted to take a watercolor class. This hub really has inspired me to look into this. The question I have to ask myself is, "what am I waiting for?"

This is such an interesting and awesome hub. I appreciate you sharing your interview in this hub. Great photos and videos as well. Thanks! Rated UP/U/A/I and sharing!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Gail, Kudos to Rosemary for living her dream via watercoloring journals...I had never heard of this until now. Thank you for teaching me something new today. I usually just paint walls and baseboards, but who knows, maybe one day since you planted the seed. Her art work is beautiful.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Watercolor journaling looks so beautiful, and you have inspired me to try to do some of my own. I enjoyed all the examples and videos you have added to show the many ways this can be done. Love the "Live Cheap and Make Art" motto and name.


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everythingdazzles 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

i hope to have quite the extensive travel journal one day. Thanks for the hub.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I love your photographs of Rosemary Connelly's watercolor journals! Reading about her and seeing her work is very inspiring! What a lovely way this would be to record travels or even everyday sights around your hometown. Many years ago I started a watercolor journal, but let the idea fall by the wayside of a very busy life. After reading your article, I'm tempted to give it another try! Great hub, voted up and shared!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

So thrilled that it's inspired you to look into taking watercolor classes.

I remember seeing some of your father's art in one of Danette's hubs and it was awesome so perhaps you'll have some natural genetic talent! LOL

Thanks so much for the feedback, the vote up and the share. It's truly appreciated and it looks like several others have stopped by because of your share.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunshine,

So glad that you enjoyed learning about watercolor journaling. I'd never heard of it before I met Rosemary but it really is a cool idea and doesn't take much to get started.

Fellow hubber, Stephanie Henkel, is creating a series of articles about how to paint with watercolors and her first hub lists specific supplies and gives tips on different strokes that can be practiced. If you do decide to learn that might be a good way to start, then you could use some of those techniques to create a journal.

Thanks for the vote up.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Millionaire Tips,

So thrilled that you enjoyed it and have been inspired. Thanks so much for your specific feedback which is greatly appreciated.

Good luck if you do decide to try to do a watercolor journal of your own, and if so, I hope to see a hub about it.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Everythingdazzles,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and I hope you do get to document extensive travels in a watercolor journal someday.

Thanks for sharing your future dreams.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

So glad it's inspired you to take it up again. With your extensive travels and artistic talent this is a natural for you.

Perhaps you can then do an instructional hub on it similar to the general watercolor series you're currently doing. I particularly like your very basic hub about watercolor painting which outlines specific items needed and techniques: https://feltmagnet.com/painting/Baby-Steps-to-Begi... .

Thanks for the vote up and share. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America

Your story of Rosemary shows her dedication and passion in her watercolor journaling...something of joy that many never quite find. It is interesting too about her and hubby traveling on one pension thriftily...bet there are some tips there too.

Thank you for an interesting and enjoyable hub.


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Break of Dawn 3 years ago

What an interesting and well-written hub. I admire people like Rosemary Connelly and her husband, who follow their passions in life. What a gifted and inspirational woman, she is. Gail, I love your photographs. As always they are simply magnificent. Thank you for a great read. I wish you and your family a merry and peaceful holiday. Thank you!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Frogyfish,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub. Yes, Rosemary has many tips about traveling on a budget and has published a blog about the years they spent in Italy.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sending Hub Hugs and Happy Holiday Wishes Your Way,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Break of Dawn,

I, too, admire people like Rosemary and Bob, who know how to live their passion. It's truly inspiring.

Thanks so much for your kind words and insightful comment. Your ongoing support means a lot to me.

Sending Hub Hugs and Happy Holiday Wishes Your Way,

Gail


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Thank you for highlighting Rosemary Connelly's beautiful work and studio for us. In a word, your hub is inspiring. :)


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi RTalloni,

So glad you found this hub inspiring.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

I could spend all day just reading your wonderful comments on this inspiring hub. I love when people work to develop their abilities and draw from their God given talents. One word comes to mind B E A U T I F U L !


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dream On,

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment-- it really brightened my day!

I, too, love when people develop their God given talents, especially when doing so brings beauty into the world.

Hope you have a blessed spring.

Hugs,

Gail


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Natashalh 2 years ago from Hawaii

I saw this hub pop back up and had to stop in again. I read it a couple years ago and commented that I needed to learn how to paint. Well, I've actually been taking watercolor classes for several months now! Seeing inspirational journals and paintings by other people finally got me motivated to do something. =) Still a great, well written hub. I'd love to visit her gallery some day!


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Natashalh,

So glad you stopped back and shared the fact that you've been taking watercolor classes!

Rosemary and her husband moved to a new location in Milford, DE, which is why I updated the information in this hub. Hope you do get to visit their gallery some day.

Thanks for your feedback.

Gail


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Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago

This is beautiful Gail, to live, love and work together with Passion amazing hub very interesting and voted that way +++

and sharing.


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

I am so glad that this popped up in the feed again. Enjoyed it as much as I did the first time several years ago. Will tweet, G+ and share this so that more people can enjoy learning about this creative couple.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I love playibg watercolor with my boy, fun


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Happyboomernurse 22 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Shyron,

So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 22 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for stopping by a second time, and for the share!

I admire your artistic talent and your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 22 months ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome PeachPurple,

Even your name sounds artistic! Glad you enjoyed the hub and are teaching your son how to do watercolor painting.

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