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In case you missed it! How to Photograph Your Art Using Your Smartphone

At our member meeting last Wednesday, Jill Rumley (Board Member & our newsletter & website & social media editor) demonstrated how to photograph your artwork using your smartphone!  She demonstrated the use of a tripod, smartphone adaptor (to connect to the tripod) lighting and editing techniques using a free app called SnapSeed.

Here is the before and after photos showing how she set the artwork on a chair, and then the finished photograph edited right on her phone! (Thanks to Catharina Van Haaren for the use of her beautiful painting!)

Click here to download some tips on how to do this in your own home!

If you’d like to contact Jill, please visit her website: www.ImagineDigitalArtSolutions.com


Photo by Jill Rumley


Photo by Jill Rumley

In case you missed it! Kumihimo Japanese Braiding

Our January 10th meeting was so much fun! Rhonda Crosman, one of our board members, presented a talk and demonstration of Kumihimo Japanese braiding. She provided discs and yarn  for all attendees to make their own friendship bracelets to take home.  If you missed the meeting, you can click here to download the instructions for the braiding.

Please check out Rhonda’s website for more on her work and teaching.  http://rhonda.crosman.org/

And congratulations to John Baker-Batsel for being our mini-art show winner for his wonderful photograph!

No member meeting in December! See you January 10th!

NO DECEMBER Member Meeting
Enjoy the Holidays!
Check out the Art Links below for art inspiration.
Art Web Links for December for art inspiration

Check out Cloth Paper Scissors website for an treasure trove of inspiration:  blog, mixed media, tools and resources and more!  http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/

Zentangle Snowman: http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/a-doodle-december-snowman-idea/

How to create a mixed media landscape:http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/zen-doodle-tutorial-mixed-media-landscape/

Join us on January 10, 2018
Artist Social Activity
Art Swap
Mini Art Show

5:30 pm Meet & Greet
Activity begins at 6:00 pm
Great Frame Up
(430 Main St. Longmont)

Kumihimo, Japanese Braiding with Rhonda Crosman.
All supplies will be provided, by Rhonda and you will learn the process, set it up and take it home to finish.

Please bring a recent piece of artwork for a Mini Art Show (1 / person)
a snack to share & good quality, useable art supplies you wish to Art Swap.

Members need to bring the following:

1. Scissors to cut yarn. Paper and writing tool to take notes.
2. Art materials in good condition to swap.
3. A recent art piece for the Mini – Art Show 1/person
4. A small snack to share is appreciated,

In Case You Missed it! We had a great member meeting in April!

This month’s meeting included an Artist Social (Zentangle & Doodle demo with Lynn Diagnault), an Art Swap (with great stuff!) and our Mini-Art show.

Congrats to Toby Myers the favorite art piece of our Mini-Art show!

Have you ever been in a room with over 30 people and have complete silence? This was the wonderful experience we had during our Zentangle & Doodle demonstration with Lynn Diagnault at our April member meeting.  Lynn discussed the history of the zentangle. To sum it up, a Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Check out the slide show below for the results of this zentangley-doodle experience from our wonder artist members!

April Member Meeting! Wednesday, April 12th 6:30 at the Great Frame Up!

Artists’ Social
Activity: Zentangle
Mini-Art Show
Art Swap 
Wednesday, April 12th, 6:30 PM
Great Frame Up
(430 Main St. Longmont)
Starting at 6:30 PM
Meet & Mingle
Member Meeting
This month, we are having an “Artist Social”.  Activities, include the following:
Mini Art Show
Bring 1 piece of art for the exhibit you recently created & vote for the best.
$10 Gift Card Awarded, for best of show!
Art Swap
Time to clean out your studio and art supply closets.  Bring in art stuff to give, and take something home too!  Ideas:  Useable art supplies, papers, books & magazines, tools, frames, etc. place on available tables in hallway.  Please check the area before you leave to take back anything left over.
7:00 PM – Activity – Doodles & Zentangles
Drawing on square coaster (provided), introduction by Lynn Daignault.
Please bring your own:  paper & support to practice, black markers, color markers too if you like (permanent best) pencil and erasers.
Place your name in pot for a chance to win a prize.
Suggestions for future activities, and raffle prize donations, please email Nancy.
Lynn Daignault will be introducing Doodles & Zentangles, at the April 12 LAG, Artist Social and Activity Meeting.  Lynn exhibits locally and is a member of: LAG, Louisville Art Association and a Signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.  She is very generous with her time, volunteering & working on the LAG outreach Homestead Art Project.  Lynn’s artwork is created from her imagination and consists of layering acrylic washes, experimenting with different art media including creative mark making and collage.

Critique-O-Rama March 9th


When:  Thursday, Mar. 9th, 2017 Other Dates
Where:  Deviant Spirits
Time:  7:00 PM9:00 PM
Cost:  Free
More Information:  Website

This group is for visual artists who want to evolve in their work through structured and honest group critiques.

One of the most valuable things I learned in art school was not only how to critique, but how to be critiqued. It can be uncomfortable and challenging when work you have poured your heart and soul isn’t as breathtaking for others as it is for you. As artists, we will come together monthly to chat briefly about galleries, marketing, social media, etc.

If you want to learn more about composition, medium and marketability, come listen to a group critique. If you want to learn valuable lessons about how to speak your mind in a respectful way, come to a critique. If you’d like to hear what a random sampling of artists REALLY thinks when they see your work, come to a critique.

If you’d like to critique, you need to participate by bringing something to show. We will do a brief intro and then I’ll outline the structure for critiquing. It should be fun! I’m so excited to see everyone’s work!

Please email me with questions. Thanks!

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
7:00 PM9:00 PM

Other Dates For This Event
**Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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Cost: Free

Deviant Spirits
2480 49th St. Unit E

Boulder, CO USA 80301

More Information:
Karen Spies
Email: karen@spiezz.com
Website: Click to Visit

Thank You Lydia Pottoff for a great presentation!

Last night at our monthly member’s meeting at the Great Frame Up (430 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501), Lydia Pottoff gave a demonstration and talk about using pastel paints.

She discussed the types of paints she uses, the paper and other techniques. She also discussed how she works plein air painting. 

Be sure to join us next month on February 8th at 6:30pm for our Artists’ Social where we will be using color pencils to draw wrapped candy as our subject.  We will also have an art swap, mini show (with prizes!) and a raffle!

Open to members and anyone else who wants to have an artsy good time!

Great fun at the Member’s Meeting October 12th!

Fall Harvest

Photo by Jill Rumley

Thank you Nancy Champion for coordinating a fantastic Artists’ Social last night at The Great Frame Up on Main Street in Downtown Longmont.

Events included:

  • Member’s monthly meeting with updates from our President Susan Steven
  • Food!
  • Mini Art Show where members entered one piece of art with a prize for the most popular!
  • Still life drawing session with fall pumpkins, squash, gourds and Indian corn which were given away at the end of the evening!
  • Art Swap where members bring in art supplies and exchange for other items.  Great stuff & a great turn out!

Oil painting, art show

Congratulations to Jan Rhinehart who won a $10 gift card to Michaels for her oil painting of her grandson in the Mini Art Show!


October 12th Member Meeting – Artists’ Social



October 12th Meeting
No Charge to attend…EVERYONE is welcome!

6:30 pm Hospitality time,

6:45 pm Program


The Great Frame Up

430 Main Street, Longmont

Ample parking in the back

This month, we are sponsoring an “Artist Social” activity for the evening  that will include the following:
Meet and Mingle – small snack appreciated
Mini Art Show – Bring 1 piece of art for the exhibit and vote for the best.  $10 Gift Card Awarded!
Art Swap – Time to clean out your studio and art supply closets.  Bring something you no longer need; take something you do need!  Suggested ideas:  Useable art supplies, papers, books & magazines, tools, frames, etc.
Activity – This month’s activity is a Fall Still Life sketch session. Bring your own, non-messy art supplies & paper / sketchbook / support, to draw a still life of pumpkins, gourds & Indian corn donated from Anderson Farms.
Afterward, we will raffle off the pumpkins, gourds & Indian Corn!
Suggestions for future activities please email Nancy Champion.
Next Artist Socials – February will be colored pencil, April will be Doodles and Zentangles.