Oh the Hollyhocks!

I love how the Shasta Daisies are embracing the cottage – doesn’t it look like they are hugging it?

The majestic hollyhocks are almost ready to bloom!

The hollyhock plant suffered a few purple splotches during the painting spree – i did talk to them ahead of time and apologized for the disruption – the ladders had to be placed right on top of them – i think they faired pretty well considering 🙂 . In the old days i would have painted AROUND the flowers and what would have remained woud be a two toned painted house – the fresh paint around the flowers and old paint as a shadow behind them!  Silly eh?

Junk Journal Workshop

The workshop went well yesterday – several teen Mom’s took the class – some of the counsellors were coming in the workshop room with the girl’s babies as they were not used to being apart from their Mom’s. Some of the counsellors took the class too and had a blast.  All in all it was a pretty lively few hours as we created away in this beautiful setting.  And speaking of Hollyhocks – there were tons of them around Camp Alex – i wish i had my camera – they were so lovely – all in bloom with their gorgeous heads nodding back and forth in the gentle breeze.  They seemed to greet me with a happy “hello” as i passed by them.

I created this journal page about 9 years ago when i visited Hollyhock – a magnificent retreat facility on Cortes Island.  they had a beautiful garden that i loved to sit in while admiring the flowers and vegetables.  One day i decided to sketch the hollyhocks which were MASSIVE! It was as if the Hollyhocks were speaking to me and giving me a message.

Why not spend some time in nature – kick off your shoes, walk barefoot and reconnect with Mother Earth? It’s such a healing experience!

3 Comments on Oh the Hollyhocks!

  1. Nolwenn
    July 13, 2010 at 10:53 am (10 years ago)

    Going to Hollyhock is on my top list of places I want to experience 🙁

  2. gemmal
    July 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Hollyhocks speak to me.
    They remind me of home and family and mom and simple days.
    They are a reminder of gratitude for a good life.
    Your drawing is precious.

  3. dianne
    July 14, 2010 at 2:26 am (10 years ago)

    Beautiful post! I have dreams of doing something with journaling in the community where we live someday, maybe with incarcerated women or through a local mission or something. So reading about your experience inspired me.

    I tell you, your blog was exactly what I needed right now! My art room/office is under construction and i have had to limit my art to computer stuff and journaling. Limited is good sometimes though. And I love the hollyhock pictures and your sketch. I do believe creation has much to say to us, if we only stop long enough to listen. 😉


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