An Angel’s Wing

Hello there! What have you been up to?

Art seems to be pouring out of me and I can’t stop it! Nor do I want to! Working on the 100 faces project has really been very inspiring and I’m learning SO much!

I do love creating faces but it was nice this week to take a break from eyes, noses and mouths and work on a different piece for a dear friend…

Remember this one?

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Well…it got a little makeover…

My friend had me add an Angel’s wing to it…a brilliant idea!

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Then we had to have a little fun…Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.08.25 PM

I was stunned to find that the wing fit her perfectly. So sweet!

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And then she took it home and put it right back up over the mantel. :)

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She loves it so much more now and I do too! I’m thinking I might have to do “Wing” series of works.

What have you been working on lately?

xo,

Ivy

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100 Faces

Hello there lovelies! How are you?

Well…I gotta tell you…I’m absolutely loving Fall. I think it might be my favorite season. I’ve been cozying up in my home and creating A LOT of Art! I recently met a wonderful local artist via Instagram. We met for coffee at my favorite French cafe and we hit it off immediately. She’s a total hoot and we got to geek out on all things Art. I even got to create together in her studio yesterday! Total bliss!

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She got me inspired to join a little Art movement called 100 Faces. Many artists have done this but the group I follow was started by Sharon Tomlinson. It’s not really all that formal…just a general challenge to create 100 portraits- one a day. It seemed daunting but I decided I was up for it and started 10 days ago. Can I just tell you how amazing it has been?!

Finding time to truly practice Art is rather difficult for me with two little ones, a household to run and a hubby to keep happy but this wonderful commitment has already worked wonders for me. Will I actually get to 100? Who knows but I’m loving it right now so we’ll just have to see.

There is a loving, vibrant and supportive community for this challenge online too – full of talented artists pushing themselves and inspiring us all. You can find this group via Facebook and Instagram (#onehundredfaces #onehundredfacestribe or #100faces). Looking back at my first ten – do I love them all? Nope. But – I can see my growth. I’m painting in water mixable oils and loving them. I am starting to see forms in faces that I had not noticed before and being able to translate those forms into dabs of paint in various values is a priceless skill.  One I hope to master some day. For now…I’ll just take it a day at time.

Here are some of my favorites so far…

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Had to do a Frida she is my #9. I’m studying her in Jeanne Oliver’s Studying under the Masters online class! Loving it!

Oh and this Nature nymph was created for Jeanne’s other online class – Woodland girls. She was actually painted on a wood slice that I picked up at Michaels. Loved doing this one!

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If you are looking to improve your faces and enjoy a lively, helpful and inspiring online group of artists! I highly recommend taking up the challenge! It’s free and it’s fun! Let me know if you decide to start! I would love to follow your progress.

Much love to you all,

Ivy

P.S. Quick reminder that my Mixed Media Workshop on December 6 is filling up! If you want to reserve your seat go here to register! It’s gonna be a fun filled weekend! I’m opening up my home on Sunday morning too for an Open Studio session! Can’t wait to create with some amazing souls!

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PicMonkey Tutorial is now available!

Hi there!

Many of you have requested that I do tutorials on how I process my photography so I’ve finally been able to prepare a great intro tutorial about editing your portraits using PicMonkey. It’s an online tool that makes editing fun and pretty intuitive but knowing how to use the tools and what not to use is key! Obviously it isn’t as powerful as Photoshop but for many that is far too complicated and expensive. I believe PicMonkey is a great alternative for basic editing and enhancement. It is a go to for me when editing images for my blog!

photo lesson adThis tutorial is super approachable, easy to understand and I am here to assist as well. I hope to connect with those that take it on our own little Facebook page too, where I will be regularly sharing tips, techniques, textures, stock photos and filters to play with. If you’ve never done photo editing but would love to know how to enhance your portraits than this is a great tutorial for you.

Here is a sneak peek…

Go check out all the info over here on my Classes page.

Here are some examples of my own photography and what I’ve been able to achieve using the PicMonkey tools! So much fun!

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Let me know if you have any questions! Hope you enjoy it and remember I’m here to help!

xo,

Ivy

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Art Love : Marie Laurencin

Hello friends,

How’s life? Hope you are enjoying the changing of the seasons. I do so love Fall!

I’ve been taking the online course – “Studying under the Masters” with Jeanne Oliver and I’m eating up all the information and reveling in the feeling of artistic growth! Along the path of studying, my thoughts were brought back to an artist that I love but never truly researched before – Marie Laurencin.

She was a French painter (1883-1956) and lived in Paris for most of her life. She hung out with other powerful artists of the time including, Pablo Picasso, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri le Fauconnier and Francis Picabia. She was celebrated as one of the few female Cubist painters. Her style only emulates the elements of Cubism early on and quickly fades after World War 1.

bd0aaafad85c57e30f94b17c5ae6fed6Her style moves toward an ethereal look of soft colors, gentle curving shapes and doe eyed female figures. These resonate a beautiful feminine power and grace – a serenity and grounded energy that I find captivating. I had the pleasure of seeing her work at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris when I was there in 2012. I feel deeply in love with her work.  What do you think?

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One of the most important things I have learned from this online course is to NEVER EVER stop learning about Art. It feeds my soul and is such a wellspring for inspiration and growth.

If you are in a rut, creatively, I encourage you to research a favorite artist, experiment with a medium you’ve never used before or sign up for an online Art course! Don’t give up on your creativity just because you’ve hit a wall. Find a rope and climb over it! Be open to your potential and trust your path.

xo,

Ivy

All images via here.

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Mixed Media Workshop

Hi all,

Life is funny sometimes isn’t it? Just when you think you are on steady ground and ready to rock and roll, it pulls the rug out from under you. Don’t worry…nothing major is going on, just a glitch really – last night my new website got wiped out! :(

People – please don’t ever update your WordPress theme without backing up your site! Duh. I know. Stupid, but that’s what we did. We are currently trying to restore it and it has made me into a stress ball. Breathe. Breathe.

Anyway, I wanted to make sure you could still access all the info regarding the workshop so here it is:

Also here is the Facebook event page if you want to sign up there.

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Come join me in my home and create something special for you or someone you love just in time for the holiday season!

We will be creating whimsical portraits and dreamy landscapes, (however you are free to go in another direction as well.) Don’t fret if you’ve never painted a face before – I have some great tricks to share with you! Through a combination of collage and painting, a lovely and unique portrait will emerge! A muse, goddess, fairy or maybe even a self portrait – you decide! In our dreamy landscape project, we will be combining images from vintage postcards and other ephemera to create dreamlike, surreal and ethereal landscapes that beckon the soul to wander and explore. Once these compositions are complete, we will be incorporating encaustic layers and techniques to truly add another dimension of depth and beauty to these works!

I will be guiding you through several techniques such as collage, painting over collage, adding stamps and vintage papers, paint application, using stencils, creating layers with wax (encaustic), fusing, painting with wax and much more! Each student will be provided with two birch panels, pre-plastered for your convenience, plus access to my encaustic supplies, vintage paper stash, stamps and more!

If you have never painted on plaster, you are in for a treat! This luminous material provides an amazing backdrop for your composition, giving a wonderful texture and making the piece almost glow from within. Combined with the dreamy effect of encaustic wax layers this combo makes for a stunning finished piece of work! You will fall in love with this process!

Your day with me will begin with coffee and pastries by the fire while we all settle in and prepare to create. A full gourmet lunch with wine will be served and of course chocolate, snacks and steaming cups of hot coffee or tea will be available throughout our luxuriously creative day! The fire will be roaring, candles lit, the rain falling outside (most likely!) and together we will be blissfully creating the day away!

You will be encouraged to create at your own pace with one on one assistance from me and will leave with at least one finished piece of artwork, two if your process moves more quickly.

So treat yourself to a special day just for YOU! Honor your creativity, beat the holiday stress, learn something new and connect with other like minded souls.

I will be honored to spend the day with you and be your guide on this creative journey!

xo,

Ivy

INFO & DETAILS

December 6th, 2014

My house

Lake Oswego, OR

9 am – 4 pm

$185* early bird reregistration starts Oct 9th

$200* after Oct. 29th

(price includes food, drink, 2 plastered wood panels, encaustic supplies, access to vintage papers, stencils, stamps, pan pastels, oil pastels and more!)

Space is limited!

MAX 10 Students

TO REGISTER:
Send an email to ivy@ivynewport.com and enter DEC WORKSHOP in the subject line. Please include the following information:
Your name, address, phone number and email address plus any food allergies/preferences you have.
Once I receive your email and confirm your spot, you can send me a check (preferred method) or I can send you a pay pal invoice.

** If you’re coming with a friend and would like to be seated next to each other let me know and I’ll be sure to make that happen. :)
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I’m here for you!
ivy@ivynewport.com
503-348-1715
**Due to the small nature of this retreat, no refunds will be given after Nov 6th.

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Workshop – Sneak Peek!

Hi lovelies.

How was your weekend? Our was filled with typical Fall activities – decorating for Halloween and visiting the pumpkin patch!

During Claire’s naps, I managed to whip up a little teaser video on some of the techniques and mediums we will be exploring in my Mixed Media Workshop – “Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes”.

Check it out:

Mixed Media Workshop Dec 6th, 2014 – Sneak peek! from Ivy Newport on Vimeo.

Only 6 seats left! :)

So come join me and let’s go on a Mixed Media Journey together!

For questions, info and to register go here.

Have a beautiful and inspiring week!

xo,

Ivy

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