Archive for July, 2011

The final painting during Modern Art Week Camp was a study of Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can.

And look at the fabulous job each of these young artists did with their painting.

All ten students did beautiful work this whole week. 

There are only two weeks of art camp left this summer.  The week of August 8 and the week of August 22.  Both of these weeks will explore a variety of styles from impressionism to modern.  There are only a couple of slots left in each week so sign your young artist up now.  Email me at kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com .


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Yesterday I gave you a tease of the Art Campers painting “Matisse”.  Well here is the finished painting.  SUPER!!!!

This is Modern Week at Art Camp and we have been doing some really fun pieces after Matisse, Warhol, & Johns.  And we’ve discussed modern art in all its various forms.

This is our version of the famous Jasper Johns painting of the American Flag.  Another terrific job guys!

Today is our final day for Modern Week and we wrap up our “Masterpiece”.  Can’t wait to show it to you.

And don’t forget, if you have a young artist, ages 7-12, there are a few spaces left in Art Camp Week 4 (Aug. 8- 12) and Week 5 (Aug. 22-26).  Email me at kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com to sign them up.

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Art Camp this week is going great.  We are working on Modern Art paintings.  We just completed our “Matisse” painting.  Here are some of the young artists working on their Matisse. 


Then after working with the Art Campers all morning I rushed over to Angel’s Korner where my next group was waiting….34 young artists, ages 5-11.  We painted berries.  Here are some of the 34 Strawberry paintings that they did.

Good job everyone!!!

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Last weekend at the Plein Air Festival in Easton, Maryland, we met a ten-year old plein air painter who competed with the adults in the Paint-out.  WOW!

I know adults who are scared to paint outdoors, much less in front of thousands of people.  His name is Will Ridenhour and he loves art.  You could tell just by talking with him a few minutes .  And kudos to his parents who were there encouraging him.

Linda and I couldn’t resist the painting so we purchased it and hope to use it in some way to raise money for our dog park. 

Will was excited when we told him we wanted to buy his painting.  It was great fun for all of us.  Keep painting Will!!!

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Art Camp continues.  This week our focus is on Modern Art.  First we produced a color wheel to learn more about color mixing.


Then we applied what we had learned about color to painting  Rothko-like modern paintings. 

The young artists did a great job producing these wonderful colors using only blue, yellow, red and white on their palettes.  Don’t you think?

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Benny and Dewey, acrylic on canvas panel, 11″x14″.  Commissioned as a wedding gift.  Presented this weekend and the bride and groom loved it.

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We had a great time in Easton at the Plein Air Festival.  The Paint-Out was Saturday with lots of painters.  This was the view from our hotel room.


It was great to see so many painters working even though the heat was crazy!!!

It’s fun to see all the different easels and set-ups that artists use.


And the artists had to work around the many, many people who were in town to watch.  I think some artists enjoyed that aspect while others, not so much.





There was even a young artists painting area for the little ones.  And they were having a great time!!!


Easton is a great little art town.  I love the banners hanging on every light pole.  Local artists produce them and they hang for the year.  Then they are auctioned off in December as a fund-raiser to help fund the arts for the next year.















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Yesterday in downtown Front Royal was the Fireman’s Parade.  Once a year they have a parade and roll out all of their equipment and all their beauty queens. 

I have lived in several states and Virginia is the only one where I have experienced this phenomenon.  The kids loved it, lining the streets, waiting for candy to be thrown their way.  I love small town life!!!


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Coloring Book Cats and Coloring Book Dogs, acrylic on canvas, measuring 30″x20″ each.  These are on display at the Blue Ridge Arts Council for “Big Art in a Small Town”.

I saw a kid coloring in a coloring book at a doctor’s office recently and thought, “What fun!”  I haven’t colored outside the lines in years so I came home and “colored”.  And it was fun!!!

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A Rockland Farm, acrylic on matboard, measuring 4″x8″.  Another in the series of Warren County Barns and Farms for the upcoming Blue Ridge Arts Council show to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Warren County.

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