Come create with me in Italy!

Hello there creative friends!

Hope you are are all doing well! Summer has been lovely and busy for us in the Newport house. Our routine is speckled with kids camps, day trips and relaxing afternoons in the garden. In the midst of all this, I manage to find time to film my latest class and work on some paintings too!

The biggest excitement of the summer (for me) is that my latest international art retreat is now open for registration! I’m so honored and grateful that I’ve been asked to teach in beautiful Orvieto, Italy in September, 2017 by Adventures in Italy! The husband and wife team running this fantastic trip are Bill & Kristin Steiner and they are an absolute delight to work with!

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This artistic retreat will include life/figure drawing, portrait studies, encaustics, collage and mixed media painting! Along with all the yummy art we will be making, organized tours and cultural experiences are planned to create a well rounded and life changing adventure for all! Check out just how beautiful Orvieto is…

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To read all about it go here!

I would love to have you come to Italy with me!!

Have a beautiful rest of your week!

xo,

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NEW Online Wax & Plaster Workshop

Hello lovely readers!

I do hope life has been good to you! We have been enjoying the warm weather and summertime visits from family and friends.

Today, I come to you a little bit giddy! You see, I’ve teamed up with my dear friend and fellow online teacher Petra Hrziwnatzki to create a brand NEW Online creative workshop!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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Here’s a little backstory… ;)

I’ve always been enamored with words. When I was a teenager, I used to have poetry wars with my Dad and my journal is full of them! He would write one, then me and so on. We each had to take a line or a theme from the poem before. It was great fun and I discovered how incredible it can be to connect poetry to images. I often created art from my poems or vice versa!

Art and Poetry are a heavenly match. Words and colors. Stanzas and brushstrokes. Verses and imagery. A beautiful relationship that blends seamlessly with the atmospheric wax and plaster work that Petra and I love to do!

 

I invite you to come learn more about this very special class. Click below to read all about the gorgeous projects! Learn to combine your love of words into stunning and soulful artwork!

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I’ll see you in class!

xo,

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Summer Solstice Sale

Hello dear ones!

I hope life has been treating you well! We have been busy over here in my little home, celebrating birthdays and Father’s Day and TODAY is our 13th wedding anniversary! Woo! The longest and (most memorable day) of my life – so fitting for the Summer Solstice right?

To kick Summer off right we are having a 48 HR SALE on some of our best online ART workshops! Including my most recent class, Sacred Landscape which has been a huge success!

Are you ready to fill your long, light filled days with creativity?!

Enter Discount Code: SUMMER30 at check out!

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If you didn’t get a chance to take these workshops before, now is the time to scoop them up for an additional 30% off! Remember they are all self-paced, with life-time access and downloadable videos – so you can enjoy them on your own schedule. :)

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Happy Summer Creating! I’ll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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Ask Ivy – Composition & Style

Hi there lovely people,

Well…I know I usually post my “Ask Ivy” videos on Wednesday but I didn’t want to detract from launching my sweet friend’s new online workshop! So – I am here today to answer some more of your questions.

I hope this addressed some of your own concerns or inquiries! I love doing this so feel free to shoot me a question.

Also, here is a link to my NEW Resource Library where you can download those composition sheets I mention in the video. Very handy indeed! Plus, you can check out some of my fav You Tube videos, supplies, book and more! Enjoy this special library where I will be adding new useful info regularly!

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Have a fabulous weekend!

xo,

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A NEW Mixed Media Workshop

Hello there friends!

I bring you exciting news this morning! Today, registration for a brand NEW class opens! This one is very special because beloved artist and teacher, Jeanne-Marie Webb is going to be your guide!

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Here are some examples of her beautiful work…such grace, and feminine beauty!

Many of these beautiful portraits are done on tiny tea bags. A feat in itself! Look at this amazing collection below!

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Watch as Jeanne-Marie creates on these precious substrates…

Come join us and expand your creative practice with knowledge of portrait painting, mixed media and using the delicate and beautiful tea bag as delightful new supply!

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Art to Adore – Dan McCaw

Hello! I hope this post finds you well!

I know its been a little while since I’ve shared some yummy Art to Adore but I’m here to make up for it with a delicious sampling of work from the incredibly talented and insightful Dan McCaw.

He’s kinda my new artist crush. Shh…don’t tell anyone. lol. ;)

I even tracked down his out of print book and forked over for a small fortune for it. (Worth every penny.) His words take me back to studying in art school and has brought to the forefront, knowledge and training that I had stashed away and even rebelled from. He makes me feel like a hungry student again – a feeling I yearn for.

Ok…I’ll stop gushing.

First, here is a video interview that reveals what an inspiring mind this man possesses. Enjoy..

 

And here are some of my favorite paintings by Dan…

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Aren’t they just beautiful? So poetic in the way he suggests certain elements but leaves out others. I think there is such a beauty in allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks…it leaves room for interpretation. An openness to emotion and deep meaning. What do you think?

You can see more of his work on my shrine… ah…I mean my Pinterest board dedicated to him. ;)

I hope you enjoyed.

xo,

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*All images by Dan McCaw

 

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