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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Art Camp 2014 and Beyond

Every summer my friend Kate and I head to the lake with a car packed full of supplies. (To be honest, my mixed media crap takes up a LOT more room than her paints, light table and papers!) We started off our visit with a stop at Cops and Doughnuts, a bakery half-way to the lake, to stock up on provisions.



We spend several days working on various projects. In Kate's case, it was painting birds for her 2015 calendar.


For me, more mini-canvases, journals and working on a swap.


There were plenty of bins of washi tape, ribbons, paint palettes and paint to go around!


We also managed a day of gelli-printing! The kitchen counter has never seen such color!


Of course, all work and no play makes Kate and Jeanie dull girls so we headed off to the farmer's market. Remember this little girl from the last post? She was full of it! I hope her mom has the Magic Eraser because of all those little fingers get cherry juice all over her house, it could be trouble!


This corn guy was the best salesman at the market (and the corn was good too!). The tomatoes were fabulous.



Evenings were mellow. Easy dinners (gazpacho, corn, cheese, salads) and when we saw the heron, it was bonus points!


I couldn't stop taking photos. This one is manipulated with color, but I couldn't resist!


All good things come to an end. On a lovely final evening, we watched the sunset and enjoyed the passing boats.


Meanwhile, it's time to finish what I started... but more on that later!

23 comments:

  1. Your photos are gorgeous, Jeanie. What a fun time to go off with a good friend and just create. Making memories with friends is so special. You both do amazing work. Deb

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  2. Oh Jeanie, I wish I could play with art like this. You have so much fun. What lovely photos of the lake too and Mr. Heron. Love the manipulated photo too.

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  3. Such a wonderful yearly event! It doesn't get much better than art, friends, and a beautiful location.

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  4. Quite envious of your week away.
    Good company, great food and beautiful surroundings.
    Really feel the need for a break now!
    Heather :)

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  5. Art Camp--I LOVE that! And fun seeing your supplies and all that you've been making with them! I like your bright, happy colors!Wonderful Gelli print binge! Art, good good, splendid sunsets... What more could one need? :o) ((HUGS))

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  6. Oh, I love this concept of art camp! What a fun tradition to start. And what a beautiful setting for art camp. The pictures you shared are beautiful and I love the one where you manipulated the colors! The farmer's market pics are great, too, and have me craving some fresh corn and tomatoes. I have barely been to the farmer's market this summer but am hoping to hit it up the next couple of weekends!

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  7. In your last photo, what's that in the bottom right corner? It looks like a pile of rocks with a cormorant drying its wings, or a cleat for a little boat to tie up to. Maybe it's not even rocks.

    What a fun time you had. It's always great to get another peek into your process.

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  8. How fun this was, since I was from Lansing and Mason in my childhood years, and lived in Saginaw and Bay City during my first marriage, it was a treat seeing your photos. I wish I'd known about that bakery then!

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  9. What a wonderful way to spend an end-or-summer weekend. Isn't it great to have a playmate, even when we're grownups?

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  10. Good evening Jeanie! I started school last week, but summer still carries on thanks to all of you. What a great time you must have had! And to take a friend along to the lake, how I wish I could do that, or meet up with a friend to write or make art. But God-willing, next summer.

    Enjoy a dreamy and lovely evening! Anita

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  11. Oh Jeanie, an art camp - what fun - wonderful to get the creative juices going!
    Beautiful photos of the heron - they are such elegant birds.

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  12. Such fun to spend time with a good friend doing what you both enjoy in such fine surroundings too...that really puts a big smile on my face!
    oxo

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  13. This sounds like a perfect way to spend a few days. Hope you had a great time creating.

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  14. My first laugh of the day was the photo of Cops & Doughnuts! Perfect name!
    And what a perfect way to spend a few days...being with a friend and making art. I like your little canvases, and drooled over your great supply of washi tapes.

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  15. Looks like your having a good ole time !
    Love that shot of the herons head , quite the neck they have .

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  16. Good evening Jeanie.... How wonderful to take your friend every summer to the lake and paint. Your photos are just beautiful.
    Thank you so much for taking time to stop in an visit with Dexter, and leave such a kind note.
    blessings,
    Penny

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  17. Fabulous photos, having time out to get creative and connect with special folks is a wonderful gift to yourself

    my blog moved to: www.pearlmaple.com

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  18. Of course curious to see what you produced! Next post? :-)

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  19. I love this! I love the idea of getting away together and being all creative for a few days. I miss painting and crafting so much. What a wonderful weekend. And I love everything you did together :)

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  20. Sounds like a wonderful getaway with your friend! What a nice thing to look forward to every year.

    Your photos are gorgeous!

    Blessings,
    Patti

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  21. You, dear Jeanie, are such
    a connoisseur of life....bravo
    for diving in so thoroughly:)
    You inspire me that way.
    Big time.
    Thank you,
    Jennifer

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  22. Oh, how much fun! Love your artwork and your beautiful photos!
    Susan

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  23. What fun! Love that 3d doughnut sign in your first pic, and the closeup of Harry! Wow.

    Very nice. :-)

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