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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Meditation - Purple Lavender Farms, Sketches, and Drawing Class

I wandered through the fields of purple lavender, an ecstasy of colors, sweet scent, and natural beauty everywhere... heaven.
Shades of Purple - Lavender Farms
A couple of days ago we took a ferry and headed over to Sequim, which I thought was the NW capitol of lavender, but turns out to be the North American lavender producing capitol. There are at least a dozen farms to visit, and over the years we have found most of them as we do this trip every year. Sequim has a festival, which we now skip, because it is less crowded and thus more quiet and relaxing without the festival. The farms are open a couple of months for visitors, and our very favorites are: Purple Haze (love the name), Cedarbrooke, and Jardin du Soleil. We also never miss The Cutting Garden flower farm, which has exquisite gardens and grounds surrounding a large beautiful home-like center which are also open to visitors.

Drawing and Mini-Booklet Class
I'm excited about offering some new classes! Below are a couple of examples of the type of pen line drawing I will be teaching at an upcoming class at Everett Artist's Supply. If you are local and interested, here is more info.

Zen Drawing 2 hours $25 Aug 11 10am-12
Come learn a fun simple method of pen line drawing that requires no artistic background or ability. This type of line drawing can become addictive, but in a good way. It’s very relaxing, and no mistakes! This method of drawing can be incorporated into your art projects or be framed as is. You will produce at least 2 small beautiful art pieces in this class to take with you and learn a portable drawing technique you can use anywhere as an instant path to relaxation.


Mini Booklet and Portfolio 2.5 hours $25 Aug 11 1pm-3:30
Now that you’ve seen how fun it is to make the “zen drawings”, join me in creating a small easy booklet with blank pages and a simple stitched binding. The portfolio is made to hold the mini booklet, pen and pencil, everything in one place. It’s perfect to take along with you, so when you want to take a few moments and relax, you can take it out and draw.

Aromatherapy for the Soul
I wish the computer had a scent button that you could press and have a sample of the wonderful aroma of lavender flowers. They are supposed to be therapeutic and the scent is said to slow your nervous system, destress and mellow you out. I certainly felt good after wandering around all day with all that purple scent, then brought some home and am still smiling... And I have some bundles to play with and make things with, culinary and sachet. I'm thinking, scent does play large in our lives, and just the hint of something in the air can bring back all kinds of memories... Wishing you a fragrant day, whether it's enjoying lavender, or roses, or fresh roasted coffee, baked pies or chickens, or whatever you relish. Lavish in the wonderful ability to catch those tiny microns of scent that take us to a quiet or pleasant place or memory.

10 comments:

Tara Ross Studios said...

I soooo love lavender.

xo...

HeartFire said...

Tara,
yes, such heavenly stuff, so soothing...

Wild Somerset Child said...

Ah, lavender! I love it and collect many varieties, but they do not like our cold Cotswold soil, so I grow them in pots. We have one outside the back door which we brush past every time we go in and out of the kitchen. I dry the flowers and have bowls of the flowerheads all over the house. Heaven. Love your sketches.

HeartFire said...

Hi Ann,
I wish I could visit your Cotswald garden, it sounds so lovely & looks so inviting from your pix! We have a few lavenders in our garden here and there and they seem to do quite well...

Paula McNamee said...

Your classes sound like fun and the lavender trail would make a great summer trip. Thanks for sharing.

HeartFire said...

Hi Paula,
Thanks for stopping in - Sequim is a nice summer trip, and if you're inclined to stay longer, not far from Port Angeles & the ferry to Victoria BC...

Meri said...

Wow - you're busy! I totally understand your decision to cancel the art date. We're all too hot to think anyway.

HeartFire said...

Meri,
Heat definitely is part of it, sitting in a no-air conditioner place & trying to do art with 90 degrees sounds awful! It was 105 on our deck yesterday!!! I feel like I'm back in Texas.....

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I have one plant of lavender and love it...it must be heavenly to walk among fields of lavender. Wow!

HeartFire said...

Hello Blue Sky,
It is an experience, because the farms I mentioned have acres of them, rows and rows, like purple waves, and some of them get quite tall with their spikey heads radiating out...quite heavenly.
I love your name by the way.