Saturday, August 8, 2015

Postcards from the Lake: Art Camp 2015

Every summer my friend Kate and I venture north to the cottage and engage in what we call "Art Camp." This year was no exception -- and a remarkable time it was, filled with friendship, fun, good food, road trips, a power failure and yes, a little bit of art!

We were looking forward to fun in the sun. But our first day was spent in the dark -- or at the Gaylord McDonald's, which was one of the few places in town that didn't lose power during a storm that came so quickly across the lake and at such force that we were close to soaked in the 30 seconds it took us to get up from our seats and run inside!

Our screens held -- but the big tree down at Oak Grove didn't. Sad to see this 50-plus year tree on its side -- and grateful it hit none of the cars parked in its possible path!


Of course, the first couple of days were too cold and gloomy to work outside. But not too cold and gloomy to visit the elk farm!


It was quite the peaceable kingdom with everyone just laying about or hanging about being cute.


Yes, we hit them at feeding time and it was clear that most had far more interest in the hay mound than they did us!


Although, there were other dining sources. Some sweet kids offered us peanuts to feed a few who ventured close to the fence, while a sweet baby and friends found mom a handy source of nutrition!


We enjoyed some good dining, too -- both out (an early birthday celebration for me!) and when the sun came out, on the beach and the porch!


We also took a day to visit with our friend Maura who had moved north.


Our day involved a little bit of eating, a little shopping a little bit of play and a lot of fun! We suppose that had Kate bought this, she might be officially accepted into the order of the Gaylord Elk -- or else started a bit of a fight with one of those big fellows!

But yes, there was art accomplished. Not so much as either of us wished but enough to make the term "art camp" somewhat legitimate. Kate was working on her 2016 bird calendar...

...and on linocut printing. She taught me how to carve and we'll print my cat below sometime soon!

I taught her about plastering boxes, continued a few works in progress and got some tags started!


And I was rather happy with this very simple plastered piece. It's about 5x7 and just reminds me of the north and/or the sea.

So, it was indeed an art weekend, though possibly somewhat appropriate that -- as in many other art camp experiences -- we had so-so weather and other delightful activities slowed the artmaking. But then...

What occasion doesn't benefit from a little irony?

(For those of you following Rick, he's having a hard time posting on the bike blog and will probably catch up to that later. Check the right side of the page here for the most recent update!)


Anonymous said...

I would love to see your linocut print of the cat. So nice to see everyone smiling in such a great place.

Lynda Shoup said...

So great to read about your Art Camp. It's great that you have a friend to do that with each year. I'll bet you really look forward to it. I'm thinking I might have to show this post to my friend to suggest that we do another retreat. It is really fun to share skills like you did. I love the plastered piece with the sea star and look forward to seeing that cat printed out.

Wonder if you have started planning for next year already.

Joanne Huffman said...

Art camp is such a cool idea. I'm sure it was all time well spent; even time not spent doing art activitirs counts for inspiration and the bonds with friends that support art.

Sue Seibert said...

Art camp looks wonderful. Love the kitty! You really did have a storm, didn't you! Wow!

Claudia said...

Art camp, what a really great idea! You have quite the adventures.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

So glad that you had fun at Art Camp. Sorry about the storm, but looks like you guys survived
and great adventures.

Kitty said...

I love your elk and the fun you are having with them. Happy Summer and all the joys it brings.

Kitty, again said...

Forgot to thank you for the sidebar on Rick!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

What a fun time you girls had!
The elks are interesting and the baby Bambi sooo cute - great photos.
Sad to lose an old tree in the storm - I'm a tree hugger and have a feeling you are too Jeanie!
How long will Rick be away on his cycling tour?
Lino cutting sounds like fun too!
Shane x

Sharon said...

I feel bad for not always leaving a comment but I often drop by and see your latest news, love that your blog is visual, both the photos and the art work. Very envious of the art work and art camp idea, I would love to indulge my interest in art but I struggle so much to overcome the inner critic, I think I am drawing inspiration from you, one of the things I would like to do is find more time to play around with creative things, visual things.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is nothing like being next to the water, whether lake or sea to get inspired! And then to have nature as such, to be within close proximity? THOSE BUTTS! hahahahahahhah they are such beautiful animals...oh Jeanie, you did it! You survived the power outage and Rick is OK! What a lovely summer. Maybe depicted in some way in your art? I HOPE SO! Enjoy this lovely Sunday. Anita

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds like it was a lot of fun!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Art camp sounds like it was so much fun! I love seeing the big smiles on everyone's faces. That is a bummer that you had such scary weather, though! I am glad you were all safe!

Kailani said...

My gosh it looks like SO much fun was had! It puts a big smile on my face. :)

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I love your art camp! Our family was at the lake last week and my granddaughter and I had Craft Camp. Beads, Play-Doh, etc. Glad you survived the power outage!

Bella Rum said...

Sorry you lost power, but it looks like you rallied and had a good time. Loved the photo of their behinds. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeanie! Oh,what a time! I so enjoyed seeing the elk and all of their little bums as they were dining on the hay! You and your friends must have had a great time, even midst the storm and power outage. So sad about the big beautiful tree! Now your little cat thingy is so cute! You're most talented. Here's to another great week for you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;) Oh, and I love your pretty smile!

The French Hutch said...

What an absolutely wonderful way to spend a weekend, friends and art camp! Looks like the storm didn't dampen your spirits. So sorry to see the big tree destroyed in the storm, happy to hear it didn't harm anyone or property. What great photos of the animals and elk farm. They look so gentle and sweet.
I love the spirit of all good things, family, friends and fun I get when I visit you Jeanie.
Have a great week sweet friend..........

Tammie Lee said...

it sounds like you had a great time and learned some new things.
saw wonderful elk with their calves. good summer fun!

~*~Patty S said...

What a fun time!
Great to see your photos Jeanie.
Your friend in the "antlers" really makes me smile too :-)
Glad the storm left you safe...that was quite a BIG tree uprooted.

Sally Wessely said...

You know how to adapt to all kinds of circumstances. You really did have quite a storm. I am always amazed at the sight of a big tree going down after one storm when it has survived decades of storms. It is sad to see a magnificent tree like this toppled.

Glad to see you were able to get down to business and actually have Art Camp. Fun times.

Tracy said...

haha... LOVE that celebratory sign! ;o) Glad you all are OK after the stormy weather! But sooo very sorry to see that beautiful old tree didn't quite hold out... :o( Oh, bu the baby elk are sooo sweet!! Such FUN to see you girls having so much fun... and making so much great art--love that!! Glad Rick is OK, in spite of lack of net connection... How long will he be away? Happy Days ((HUGS))

psychelyn said...

It's precious how you spent your time. All those bonding and artmaking. The elk farm is exciting!

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