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.

Final ad for WorkshopMixed Media Art Workshop

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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Mixed Media Workshop!

Hello my friends,

I know I’ve been away for a bit…but I promise I have lots of good stuff happening behind the scenes – including this —->

Final ad for Workshop

Yes!! My first mixed media workshop and I’m SO excited!! All the details are listed on the new site so check it out here:
http://ivynewport.com/workshops/

We will be creating some gorgeous pieces of Art using a fabulous myriad of techniques and mediums – including acrylic paint, ink, stamps, stencils, collage, paint over collage, encaustic (wax) layers, pan pastels, oil pastels and more!

I’m literally buzzing with anticipation! The call to teach has become so very strong…so I’ve been working on busting through my own fears and just trusting my heart with this one! Trust the journey…right? :)

schoolhouse goddessIt would be absolutely amazing to meet some of you in person! So come visit me and let’s create all day!! I can’t wait to start sharing my love of Art face to face and get the opportunity to meet you beautiful creative souls! This first workshop will be in my home so it will be super intimate, cozy and special! I will be spoiling you…so be warned. I’m a hugger too. ;)

I hope to meet some of you very soon!

More workshops and classes to come!

What’s happening in your world? Do tell!

Sending you all so much love,

Ivy

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New site is almost done!

Hello friends!

How are you all? I hope life is being good to you.

I’ve been a busy little bee trying to get my new site built and up and functioning! Not an easy task but I am learning a fair bit about WordPress so it’s all good.

I wanted to share a few screen shots of my new online home so you guys can get acquainted with it. This site will be where all my online classes and info on local workshops will be published. I will continue my blog at this new address…so you can expect more posts on art, photography and inspiration too! I hope to start posting more often, as well.

Here is a look at the home page

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 4.52.32 PMand here’s the gallery page I’m working on…

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the blog will live here…

 

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and my About page with an updated bio…

 

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It should be easy to navigate and I hope you approve. It is live right now, so feel free to go have a look.

www.ivynewport.com

Any feedback is welcome! When it is finished, I will be migrating you guys (my subscribers) over so there will be no need for you to do anything.

Thank you again for all your support, patience and encouragement. I’m thrilled to start this new adventure with you all and I’m so excited to make Art and teaching the center of my life.

xo,

Ivy

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Painted hands, happy heart.

Hi lovely people,

The last week of summer is upon us and the Newport household is ramping up for school. I’m ready. Grace is ready. It’s time.

Back to routines, early nights and homework but the calming rhythm of each day helps me be more productive and less scattered. I’m looking forward to that!

I will be launching a new website, complete with those photo lessons that I mentioned in the last post plus much, much more! I’ve truly committed to making Art the focus of my career and it feels really good!

On those rare, beautiful days this summer when I was able to get my hands dirty and create – those were my happiest days! Sharing that with the girls has been so special too.

girls and me painting

When Mommy is happy, everyone is happy right? Even though at times I had to push aside the laundry or let those dishes sit in the sink a while longer, I found that when I made Art, it made me feel alive! It gave me energy and a giddiness that was contagious with my family.

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My most recent work, began with a flurry of paint, collaged paper and stencils. I have really enjoyed developing these layered backgrounds to begin the piece. I’m also kinda loving the larger canvas! This one is 24″ x 30″. Big for me, as many of you know!Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.15 PM

Here are some close ups of the canvas…Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.25 PM

Then came the girls. Three sisters was my first idea. Not that I have sisters but I love the concept of the three Graces so that’s where I started from…Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.35 PM

As I worked on it one afternoon, Grace strolled in and said, “Oh Mommy! I love it! It’s us!”

I turned, about to correct her when I looked at it again.

As if to explain herself she pointed to each girl. “This is you, at the top because you are the Mommy and you are protecting us. That’s why your eyes are open. The next girl is me because I am the older sister and I have brown hair and the littlest girl is Claire because she has blond hair and she is the youngest.”

I stood back, amazed at her perception and how I had completely missed it!!

She went on to say, “And the flowers that come up from the bottom are about us growing up into women.”

I was completely blown away. My 8 year old little art critic had just analyzed my piece before I had even the inkling of its meaning.

I smiled at her and said, “I think you are absolutely right!”

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So the three Graces became me and my girls and I’m perfectly happy with that!  It now hangs in my studio, right next to my desk and serves as a wonderful reminder of my connection to my sweet daughters and how very important my job is as their mother and protector.

So what have you been up to creatively this summer? I would love to hear!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

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Photo Lesson coming soon…

Hello there! How are all you lovely people? I’ve been busy putting together more lessons for you guys!

Photography ranked highest in the poll you took so I’m serving up some photo tutorials very soon! I’m going to be teaching you how to truly maximize the ease and usability of PicMonkey! It’s no Photoshop but it actually has quite a bit of power and is relatively simple to use! Plus, I’ve figured out the best tools to use and which ones to skip.

The first lesson will be editing portraits and giving them an ethereal, dreamy look! Here’s an example of an edit I did this morning using a stock photo! I can’t wait to show you how to do this with your own photos!

BEFORE

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AFTER

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I’ll be posting a video tutorial on this process very soon!! I will also be doing one on editing landscapes too!

Stay tuned!

Much love,

Ivy

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