October 2012 Art Camp for Women Bonus Day & Deluxe Camp

In the middle of the week we have BONUS DAY! Our “The Works!” Campers stay and have a class, our Mini-Campers go home and our Deluxe Campers arrive! It is a busy day!
Bonus Day with ReginaBonus Day Gratefulness Boxes with instructor Regina Rooney.

Then Kelli Nina Perkins arrived and we moved into the mixed-media portion of camp.

Kelli taught us many  paper art and fabric art techniques  to come up with a self portrait piece entitled Tempest in a Teacup.

Class with KelliWe painted with water color paints using a fool-proof method that allowed us to play out fantasies of wildly-curled-colored hair and gems in our teeth…
Pictures into PortraitsWe used a common child’s toy to produce and embellish charms that expressed each person’s own life themes.
Custom Charms

We machine-stitched and beaded and then hand-stitched!  We combined paper art and fabric art techniques, and each of us came up with a unique and individual self-portrait.

Mixed Media Self Portraits

 Are we having fun yet?

We also used our paintings and ephemera to make some  poetry spools and some delicious little personalized journals oh and did I mention the antique spoon poetry?…too much fun!


Alumni 2007 – Valli Thayer McDougle

Valli Thayer McDougle, Contemporary Water Media and Collage Artist

AC4W: Valli was already an accomplished artist when she came to our first Art Camp for Women in 2007.  First of all – thank you so much for taking a chance on us coming to that first camp.

A Step in Time-72, Valli Thayer McDougleAC4W: Valli, what are you working on currently?

VTM: I am always working on a number of different things at once.

I am working with my art group on a project to get people interested in, and used to, buying original art. The art group meets every Friday afternoon at Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, 3918 Tennyson, Denver. Using only what art supplies we already have, we paint small paintings, a 5″ X 7″  format that can be popped into a frame and price them at $10.00. We then sell them through Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, on First Friday and also throughout the month.

I have made well over 100 of these little art pieces in a number of different series, i.e.  18th century shoes, flowers, dresses on hangers, a clothesline series, birds and many more.

Outside of the group I am currently working on a new bigger format (22” X 30”) series. This is a series of painted and collaged pieces of figures flying in the air. The figures are abstract with lots of texture. I haven’t named the series yet.

Also I have shown in 2 or 3 other gallery shows since the beginning of this year.

August 1, we are opening a show at Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, that will run through August and feature the art of our Art Group. The show is called “Group of Us.”

In July I will be hosting an Open Studio for the monthly event In the Artist Studio with Sellars Project Space.

AC4W: Valli’s work in all media and sizes (not just 5 X 7)  is available at Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, 3918 Tennyson, Denver, CO .

AC4W: Now I would like you to talk about your experience at Art Camp for Women. Not counting the art workshops, what do you recall most fondly about your experience at camp?

VTM: Outside of the classes, the camaraderie and downright hilarity with other women artists. Having all our meals fixed and to be free to do art and go for walks… in general being able to indulge in just doing the fun things in life.

AC4W: Art Camp changes a little bit each year and this year it changed quite a bit. Lorri Flint and Lori Wostl are teaching the art classes that contribute to the ‘camp’ experience. And then hiring outside artists for the major portion of the classes.

What was your experience in the classes regarding the level of teaching and materials supplied?

VTM: The classes were all well taught and thought out. It was so wonderful to not to have to bring an entire suitcase of supplies. As I said before, I could just do the fun things.

AC4W: What lasting impact did coming to Art Camp for Women have for you?

VTM: On a very basic level; I am still using the stamps I made with Lorri Flint in 2007. The stamps are unique and the not perfectness fits my art perfectly. While I do no fabric art, the techniques I learned with Lorri (F) inform my collage art.

When I was at camp Lori W. did not teach art classes, but focused on her specialty in personal coaching. The biggest and most lasting impact from camp was the coaching we did together. It made a huge difference in taking me, Valli Thayer McDougle,  seriously as an artist, for myself and for others. I have seen Lori’s (W) art journals since then and do like her ‘books.’

AC4W: Is there anything else you would like to say?

VTM: Camp also reminded me how much I like to paint with other people. I now participate in a weekly art group and a critique group that meets once a month. I also participate in many art associations i.e. Colorado Water Color Society, Arvada Art Guild, Foothills Art Center and the San Diego Water Color Society. I also teach from time to time at Art and Framing of Stapleton and will teach a few classes in the next series at Park Hill Art. Not because I am so into teaching, but because I like to share art with other people.

AC4W: Thank you so much for your time today Valli, and for what you are contributing in your way in the art world.

To see more about Valli Thayer McDougle, please visit her website by clicking here.

Happy Ground Dog’s Day!

Pencil and Ink sketch with water color

Pencil and Ink sketch with Water Color

We are half-way to Spring!

Did you know that February 2nd is exactly halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox? Here in Colorado we don’t have ground hogs, we have prairie dogs, do they count? I saw them out in the sun earlier this week does that count?

Winter has not been kind this year and I have NO winter adventures planned – so I cannot wait for the spring thaw and our Spring Art Camp for Women with guest artist/instructor Beryl Taylor!

Here’s a pretty link to brighten your winter day and warm your heart right down to your toes.

Organizing Space and Supplies

No point in having it if you can't find it!

I was expanding and organizing my art studio last week I
realized that many of the things I was incorporating would work in any
space. Whether your studio subs as the dining room table or your
walk-in closet, many of these items would work for your space too.

Crock, Basket and Barrell

Crock and Basket. Good for
all types of paper rolls, material bolts, long
tools and rulers. I got the crock at an auction years ago and have the
heavy container on a plant stand with wheels. The heaviness makes it
good for my bigger rolls of paper i.e. newsprint ends. The orange
wastebasket was a thrift store find. Lorri Flint, our fiber artist,
her long rolls of cloth in a 32-gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck trash
barrel, which also has wheels. She tried a galvanized trash can, but
while it looked really cool, it was awkward to move. We have found that
a straight-sided
container is the most
stable and space efficient.

Flexible bag holder
Flexible bag holder.
Another Rubbermaid oldie, often found in thrift
stores. This can hang on your wall or on the inside of a door or
cupboard door. As a mixed media artist I save interesting bags, foreign
newsprint and plain brown packing paper for use in my hand made
journals. This is the most compact and efficient method I've found so
far. I don't know if the company still carries them, but I keep an eye
out for the unassuming beige piece of plastic at garage sales and
thrift stores.

Tape or ribbon holder.
This is a favorite for me. I found these paper towel holders at Home Depot. So you should be able to find them Tape hangers
too. They are short so that you can spot your favorite spool easily and
then get to it without unloading your entire col-
lection. Used
this way your goodies are kept relatively dust free and undamaged by
stacking. Also your bright colored items contribute to the 'art' of
your room.

folding rackFolding Print Holder. Light weight and convenient, this folding print rack is a favorite for Carol Tuttle, our water color artist.  The stand is easy to set up and also easy to stash in the closet or under a table when she is working away from her studio.
This one anyone, anywhere can manage.
Art clotheslineA Clothesline.
Yes an ordinary old clothesline, strung along one side of a room can be
wonderful for your large or funny-shaped art pieces and materials. You
can use it for display or storage or both. Hanging can also help keep
your items clean. With care this could also be used to hang large
pieces as they dry