A Big Fat Weekend with Jane Davies and Great Friends


(If you’d like to see the Blog Hop with Andrea Matus deMeng, please scroll below this post)

I’m still feeling the art high from this long weekend’s “Big Fat Art” workshop with Jane Davies in Rupert, VT.  Seriously, it was, as I told Jane a few times.. “Jane’s Boot Camp”.  As I say, “chop chop”.  This was my 3rd workshop with Jane. I just love her energy and sense of humor and not to mention her art.. oh my… her art.

First, Thursday started with my good friend, Jessica Sporn’s, visit to my home. She drove from New Jersey to stay with me and that evening, we had dinner with two more wonderful friends, Corrine Gilman and Kay Wallace.  I love being with like-minded women that just “get” you.  No drama. Just respect for each other at where we are in our lives. Life is short.. surround yourself with loving people that care about you. Heres’ what I think… if you don’t “get” me.. you don’t GET me. Makes sense? Think about it.


Friday morning we drove to VT for our workshop that started in the afternoon.  Now, if you’ve never been to Vermont before, you must visit.  Its beautiful drive, mountains and quaint little towns will have you stopping at each little country store and shops browsing.  However, this weekend, weather wise, was horrible. Rain, wind, fog, cold.  A good weekend to stay indoors making art.

Rupert is a very small town (population of 700’ish). Everyone knows everyone… and get this.. Jane is also the post master of the post office in the town.. or would you call her the “post mistress”. That sounds like a romance novel. You can see the post office HERE and Jane’s post about it. It’s as small as a postage stamp. I kid I kid.

Here is a picture of a barn that I passed in Rupert. I just loved it.  See the face?


Jane rented houses for us and we split up. 4 in our house. Jessica and I were so fortunate to end up with two fun women, Linda and Adele. Great conversations and many laughs.. especially about my “f***ing” phone.  NO cell service all weekend.  It really goes to show how much we depend on our phones and internet. It was a nice break from all the pings and dings.

Housemates.. from left, Jessica, Judy, Linda and Adele. (ok, so where are friends that are supposed to tell you your hair look bad.. I mean, really.. hullo?)


There were about 11 women in the workshop. All I can say is nice nice ladies. Really.. every single one of them were just wonderful and kind… and the talent.. well, just amazing talent.  I have to admit, cuz you know I have to.. it was a challenge for me. Totally out of my comfort zone. Working on large surfaces. Lines, paints, stencils, markers, scratch, stamp, textures, little spritz here and a little spritz there. Make your marks, don’t think, cross over to other side. Now do another and start over.  Geez, sounds like line dancing doesn’t it..or playing the game “Twister”.   Jane liked the feeling that I was pushing myself and when it was right before quitting time and my back was killing me.. I just stayed with it and pushed a little harder.  It worked. Here are some pictures of my work:

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Let’s take a look at what the other artists did:

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Check out the fire trucks.  Yes, the workshop was in a fire hall. No fire alarms went off, thank goodness. Such a cool place to make art.



Jessica – happy art lady. We were at the same table, moaning and groaning while we pushed past our comfort zones.



Now, let’s talk about food. My favorite subject, besides art.  Two lunches and one dinner were prepared by a caterer. Her name is Ali West from HN Williams Store Deli (check it out).  All the meals were vegetarian. I’m in love. If someone could cook for me like this everyday, I’m sold on skipping the meat.  Lunches were brought into the fire hall’s kitchen and the dinner was hosted at our rental house.  Here’s a shot of Jane, Jessica and myself after dinner.


Well, what can I say about this weekend in summary? A sense of community, a challenge and lots of fun.  But.. it’s all what our minds need once in a while.. a challenge,  to get out of your comfort zone and push through it.  Jane welcomed that and now I know why.  If you don’t have the “breakdown”, then you’re not pushing hard enough. Did I want to go sit in a corner and suck my thumb?  Ah… ya. But, I ate the goodies in the kitchen instead.

Jessica did a great post about our weekend on her blog HERE.

Jane has a quick recap of BFA on YouTube HERE.

Jane, thank you. I’ll see you again soon.

Again and again, I thank you for stopping by to visit and/or comment. I read each and every reply and I can’t thank you enough for your support.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥ 


19 responses »

  1. Judy, thank you so much for sharing! How wonderful the weekend must have been!Love seeing those pictures of you and Jessica- two dear friends for sure “) I long to someday do the same with art friends old and new! hugs

  2. ps…I really enjoyed the first part of your post about women friends who get you and No Drama- if it is okay, I am going to post that paragraph to my desktop- so I can remember it when those dramas queens rear their ugly heads! “)

  3. Wow, thanks so much for sharing your story and art from your fabulous creative weekend, Judy! The artwork is amazing and how awesome that you had the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, artistically speaking. You inspire me so much!

  4. Awesome post Judy. So wonderful sharing this experience with you. And I’m so glad you mentioned the food and linked to Ali. It really was outstanding. Xoxo

  5. Great blog post Judy on our fantastic weekend in Rupert. I loved sharing time with you and everyone else as Jane pushed us and supported us to try new things. I just watched your cleecha cooking class-loved it. Hope to see you again, maybe at BFA.

  6. I think you & your MOM are WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you fro being true to your self… it does really show through. LOVE & abundance sent to you.

  7. Judy,
    Isn’t it nice to just get away with friends and enjoy your passion for making art? I too like the saying If you don’t get me, you DON’T get me. Those are words to live by for sure. As the kids get older and leave the nest, most everyone needs to have the “Stop the train, I want to get off” attitude and pursue the thing or things they enjoy in life. Your talent is amazing and spending time with Jessica Sporne and the gals, makes for a fantastic time. I have Pinterest abstract work on my Favorites Bar and I look at it from time to time. I just need to get the nerve to sit down and let go.
    The painting are beautiful and worthy of framing. As always enjoy your talent and your blog.

  8. It looks like you had a blast! I wish I’d been there! Jane is such a doll and so generous sharing her techniques. I’m glad you were able to do this. Your piece came out beautiful!

  9. Oh Judy this sound like a Judy kind of weekend & I’m so glad you had such a great time. Lot of good observations/comments in your post, especially about surrounding yourself with supportive non-judgmental women who have shared interests.
    Did I tell you that your hair in that picture….well, I mean …you know.

  10. Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend in VT, Judy. Love those small workshops with a sense of community. Great description. Moving out of the comfort zone is how we grow-in life and in art. Wonderful art that all of you created. Looking forward to see how this influences your future art.

  11. Love what you made, and big too! Now that is how to have an art getaway! How great to have such fun, food, stretching past the comfort zone, and that barn face! I am seeing faces everywhere – so I think it is awesome that you are too!

  12. An artsy recap of your wonderful weekend, Judy. I am thrilled to have been part of the dinner crowd on Thursday night! Pushing through, as you call it, is what allows us to grow. If one is not ready to push through and learn something new, one tends to stay in the same rut! I love seeing some of the art created at Jane’s BFA workshop, and especially love the “letting go of restraints and allowing your art to flow” atmosphere her style engenders. Count me in next time! Mwah!

  13. How did I miss this one?!?!? Just found it in my spam…. weird! I was following your adventure with Jessica on FB so have seen some but not all of these pics. Kudos to you for pushing yourself artistically – this would’ve been a tough class for me! And I love the small town feelings – a post mistress, indeed! Very cool. Miss you, Judy Shea!

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