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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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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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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!

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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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I made a little movie for you…

Hello dear readers! How’s life?

Summer is zipping by and the chaos is evident all over the house…from the torn up closets, dripping bathing suits, half unpacked suitcases and the mounds of laundry I can’t keep up with but you know what? I’m over it. Life is crazy so why fight it? I’m trying to do the best I can and just stay sane!

Speaking of chaos – check out what I’ve done to my dining room! ha! Yup…Mama needed more ART SPACE! ;) You might be noticing the odd contraption I have set up here….well….

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here’s the news – I’ve finally decided (gotten brave enough) to start filming my creative process so I can begin to offer online classes and tutorials. Sharing my passion and love for Art through teaching seems like the natural next step to take. A little fact you may not know about me – I was an Art teacher at a Montessori school in Texas, in fact I created the Art Program there since they didn’t have one! It was amazing teaching the children and since we are all a bit like kids around paint, I figure I should transition to teaching adults okay right? ;)

Anyway, here is a sneak peek at the first video…the full length, teaching video is still in post production but should be ready soon! The full video will show my creative process as I work through an Intuitive Painting. You will get to watch as I create a piece from start to finish. I have no plan when I sit down to paint (that’s where the intuition bit comes in) – just a palette of 5 or 6 colors to start with and a blank canvas! I will show you many techniques and tips as I journey through the work with you. I’m SO excited and scared but I hope you will enjoy this first little snippet. I’ve never done editing or filming before so I’ve got a ways to go! Enjoy!

Intuitive Painting from Ivette Newport on Vimeo.

Let me know your thoughts and I look forward to presenting you with the full video very soon!

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Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I couldn’t have started on this path without you guys!

Sending you lots of love,

Ivy

 

 

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Experimenting with Encaustic Art

Hi there! How are you? We have been pretty good over here. Enjoying the beautiful Spring blossoms everywhere and the more frequent sun breaks too!

Maybe it’s the Spring energy or the fact that I’ve started the second part to the Brené Brown online class but I’m feeling inspired! I have been wanting to try encaustic art forever but I’ve always been a bit intimidated by all that comes with it.

Well…this week I finally dove right in! I ordered my encaustic medium, a heated palette (mini griddle), hake brushes, encaustic boards and a heat gun. While waiting for it all, I devoured this book and watched every youtube video on encaustic that I could find.  Yesterday, it all arrived on my doorstep and I was like a kid at Christmas! All smiles, clapping my hands and doing a little jig. I was that excited. Dorky but true. My mind was a flurry with all the dreamy creations I was going to make using this magical medium!

That evening, after the girls were down and the kitchen looked decent, I set up my encaustic paint “studio” (in my dining room). I opened windows, plugged in the griddle, melted the wax, warmed the brushes and the board and proceeded to lay down my first coat of wax. This is kinda how it went—->

Eeek! It’s all uneven.

The brush must be too cool.

Wait or is it the board?

Did I get the right brushes?

<insert swear word here>

Okay calm down.

Try another coat. Don’t forget to fuse first!

How long do I fuse for again? <swear word>

Second coat went down. Sigh…more unevenness…brush strokes, pitting.

<more swearing>

Okay, so maybe this isn’t as easy as it looks!

I stopped and took a minute to reassess. What am I doing wrong?

Then it dawned on me…how ridiculous to think that I would get it right on the first go! I told myself to relax and just play. I would learn by my mistakes and I had to trust that with practice, I would figure it out.

With that attitude adjustment, the rest of the evening was a blast! Here is my first attempt.

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The tree was stamped onto the board with acrylic paint. After that was dry, I put my first layer of wax down. The color was added by way of PanPastels and Gelatos that I smeared together into the wax. The pieces of antique paper were simply collaged onto the piece and coated in wax. Lastly, I added the jewels and painted some details with white acrylic. Here are some close ups of the textures created by the layers of encaustic. IMG_8989

You can see in this one where I used a stylus tool to actually carved the wax to bring out the details in the tree.

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It was late so I headed to bed…

Today, I couldn’t wait to get back to it, so as soon as Claire was down for nap I got creating! Here is my second go at it. I kept the color palette and composition similar so I could focus on technique. The process got a tad easier and I got a little braver.  On this piece, I used a stencil to create a raised wax pattern. I also moved my “studio” into the kitchen and worked right on top of our glass cooktop and countertops. Put wax paper down first! They are not kidding about those fumes from the wax, so I put my little griddle right next to the exhaust downdraft fan on my stove and it sucked all the icky fumes right down! I also opened up the kitchen window very wide. Last night, I learned the hard way and went to bed with a headache. So today I wasn’t going to risk breathing that stuff in.

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I also learned that if you add PanPastel, oil pastel or Gelatos to your wax layer and you don’t like them – Yikes! – you can clean it all off using Linseed Oil and a paper towel! Yah!!

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I absolutely love working this way and I’m looking forward to experimenting more with encaustics. I think I’ll do something more abstract next time? Hmmm…

Anyway, let me know if you have any questions. I’m FAR from an expert, obviously, but I’m here to help if I can! :)

Have a beautiful weekend and go try something new!

Much love,

Ivy

 

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Friday Art

Hi. It’s Friday so that’s great. I’m sick again with a cold – so that’s not so great. I hope you are weathering through this season of illness better than me. It seems that little Miss Claire, who attends day care a few times a week to play with her  toddler buddies, also loves to bring home germs. My immune system is being put through the wringer! Oh well…

Anyway, I really don’t have much energy today so I’ll spare you any lack luster writing and just share the little painting I did the other day. We are now studying Cézanne in my e-course and his landscapes are so beautiful. I had to try one myself, of course I couldn’t resist adding the girl in there too.

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It was fun doing a landscape, which is rather out of my comfort zone. Several times I almost stopped and threw down my brush, in frustration….but with some patience and lots of layers of paint it finally came together.

This piece was done in acrylics but I really experimented with different mediums to create a more oil paint like consistency. In fact, I tried using KY Jelly with my paint. Sounds silly but it works! It seemed to increase the viscosity and made the paint dry a little slower thus blending beautifully! This world famous art forger used KY Jelly with his acrylic paints when replicating famous works! He ended up in jail…but at least he shared this tid bit with us! ;)

Have a wonderful weekend and stay healthy!

xo,

Ivy

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