Mothers' Day Bouquet

Ink & watercolor 5.5″x3.25″ (larger)

I’m back from my week-long workshop with Camille Przewodek in Petaluma. It was a powerful learning experience and an incredible opportunity two learn from two masters, Camille and her husband Dale Axelrod.  They studied for many years with Henry Hensche at the Cape Cod School of Art and are carrying on and expanding upon Hensche‘s and Hawthorne‘s work with color and light.

We painted in beautiful scenic locations from wetland marshes to the quaint village of Nicasio and the last day painted four models by the river that runs alongside Camille’s studio in charming and historic downtown Petaluma. We also did Hensche’s traditional colored block studies. All painting was done outdoors in bright sunlight and the weather couldn’t have been better.

I’ll write more about what I learned at the workshop when my paintings are dry and easier to handle, photograph and post.  In the meantime, here’s just a corner of the huge Mothers Day bouquet my son Cody surprised me with before we went to Brushstrokes Studio, a cute little pottery painting place in Berkeley. Cody and I decorated catfood bowls while his significant other designed a beautiful cup and daughter M painted a plate with a beach scene as a memorial for her grandmother who recently passed away. Then it was off to Pyramid Brewery for a yummy Mothers Day dinner accompanied by refreshing Pyramid Hefeweizen Ale served with a wedge of lemon.

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  1. Good to see you back Jana! This is wonderful, I love the colours and how it manages to be both very loose and seemingly very detailed at the same time. I’m looking forward to hearing about your class.

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  2. The flowers are gorgeous as usual. Glad you had such a fabulous day – and can’t wait to see the art from your workshop.

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  3. The purples and oranges together are mouth-watering.

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  4. The colors in this are so vibrant and lovely, Jana! Your site inspires me.

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  5. Welcome back! It sounds like you had a wonderful week and weekend. Your ink and watercolor of your mother’s day bouquet is beautiful.

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  6. Your trip sounded wonderful. I’ve been meaning to thank you – your journaling has inspired me to have a little more fun with my own journaling. I even bought some watercolors which I have always been intimidated by and find it’s great fun. Thank you bunches!

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  7. Tell Cody that “He done good!” Sounds like a lovely day all around. Can’t wait to hear all about the workshop,but it sounds like a really positive trip for you. Yay!

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  8. Happy belated mother’s day, Jana. I love the bouquet and your wonderfully loose handling of the line and color.

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  9. How wonderful to spend a week painting and learning – your Mother’s Day flowers are so bright and uplifting (your M’s day sounded great too)

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  10. Looking forward to seeing your paintings. What a wonderful Mother’s day treat to end a beautiful week

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  11. Gorgeous flowers, Jana! I too am curious to hear more about your workshop.

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  12. Sounds really interesting Jana – I’m looking forward to hearing all about the workshop and seeing your work.

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  13. Beautiful beautiful …

    sounds like you had a great time 🙂

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  14. So I think the way you present is rather like to be a poem than a painting… Your paintings amaze me… The Longer I enjoy… the more I like… 🙂

    Nanda @ Tom

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