Connelly, Guerke Offer Workshop to Relax Mind, Body

Rosemary Connelly creating watercolor artwork in her studio.

Rosemary Connelly and Gwen Guerke are offering a workshop in watercolor journaling and yoga with a lunch from Abbott’s Grill. The event, named “Breathe, Create, Nourish”, will take place on the lawn at Vinyard Shipyard, Columbia Street, behind Calvary Church on Sunday, August 7 from 8am to 12pm.

The morning is designed to nourish the body, mind and spirit, weaving together gentle yoga poses, breathing stretching with watercolor journaling, capturing thoughts and images with pen and brush for a completely satisfying experience. Afterwards a lunch specially prepared by the expert Chefs at Abbott’s Grill will be presented as participants discuss their artwork.

Rosemary has enjoyed hosting watercolor workshops in different locations around Milford where she teachers her students how to begin painting with watercolors. With a Fine Arts degree from Arizona State Rosemary brings her expertise and love of art to life when she introduces her students to this form of art. Painted with watercolors for years, she began creating watercolor journals while traveling with her husband in Italy.

“[Watercolor journaling] is much different than taking a picture,” commented Rosemary. “You actually sit there for a period of time and carefully observe what is going on, trying to capture the essence of the moment.”

Rosemary describes watercolor journalism as a combination of painting and writing where the artist tries to bring back the entire memory and all of the senses that were affected during that moment. She stresses that it can be done anywhere, even in the backyard, and does not have to reflect on a vacation or trip around the world. Several of Rosemary’s journals feature simple items around her house and in her garden that bring her joy.

After a short session of watercolor journaling, Gwen Guerke will demonstrate some relaxing Yoga positions in order to help relieve stress and relax the mind. The Yoga will help to enhance the experience of relaxing the mind and body as to capture the moment.
“The yoga is gentle, breath work and a little meditation to enhance focus,” encourages Gwen. “People should not be intimidated and think they can’t do it. If they can sit in a chair or stand, they can do it.”

Rosemary and Gwen both hope that the experience will give individuals an opportunity to relax and create art while encouraging them to experience other forms of art. To be a part of this workshop, no experience is necessary but individuals must sign up in advance. Reservations can be made by calling Rosemary at 302-359-5534 or Gwen at 302-236-1084. They can also be made by email at The class will cost $60 per person and include lunch from Abbott’s Grill. Checks can be made payable to Rosemary Connelly at her downtown studio, Live Cheap & Make Art Studios, located at 4 Park Ave., Milford, DE 19963.

Watercolor journaling supplies and an open mind should be brought with participants on the morning of August 7 to the Vinyard Shipyard. For more information on watercolor journalism watch this video of Rosemary’s workshop at Minorbird in downtown Milford at


Rosemary's artwork from her life in Italy.