Love Art Happy Life 2016

Hello my friends!

Been busy filming for my upcoming workshop but I have also been planning for something else! You may have heard of an amazing class called Love Art Happy Life run by teacher and mixed media extraordinaire – Marieke Blokland! Well…I’m so thrilled to have been asked to be one of her guest teachers for 2016! This class is a fantastic blend of creative Mixed Media projects inspired by great artists plus a touch of Art History too!

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She made this adorable video for the class! Check it out! Her kids are too cute! I love her daughter as Frida Kahlo!

Registration for this class is now open! Go here to learn more!

So you might be wondering more about what you’ll be doing with me! Let me fill you in. I’ll be teaching about South African artist, Marlene Dumas and her unique, expressive style.

Marlene Dumas collage with type

I did not choose her because she creates “pretty” work – (although I love my pretty art) – I chose her because her moody, evocative and sometimes disturbing work makes us consider Art in a deeper way. Contemplating meaning, emotion and how individual pieces affect and resonate with us uniquely. We will be doing mixed media portrait studies using inks, charcoal, pencil and paint to create impressions of the face with a focus on evoking emotion over realism.

Class registration is now open with an early bird price to boot! So go and check it out. Click here to learn all about this amazing class!


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My Artwork from Katie Kendrick’s Seattle Workshop

Hi there!

Hope everyone got through Monday! Wow, what a whirlwind with Lifebook 2016 opening plus my blog hop with Let’s Face it! Geez! I have really filled up my 2016 teaching schedule and you know what? I like it like that! :)

However, I never got the chance to fill you in on how my weekend away at Katie Kendrick’s amazing workshop went…

Well, it was…as expected – transformative, revealing, emotional, joyous and powerful. Yeah, it was that good!

Here is a pic of one of Katie’s work in progress…


Katie has an exquisite energy that resonated through all in attendance. She truly provided a grounded, meditative and safe place for us to unfurl, explore and simply be present with our creations. Her instruction and deep intention for us was to “Empty ourselves of everything.” She handed out slips of paper with these words boldly typed. I taped mine to my easel as a reminder.


This class was focused on intuitive, expressive work on larger scale canvases. Larger than most of us were comfortable working on (including me)!

My large canvas stared at me blankly and I stared back. I hesitated but with Katie’s gentle guiding the class moved into action as we began making marks with graphite or charcoal using our non-dominate hand. Random marks, whatever felt right or not right…it didn’t matter. Just keep moving! She said more than once “Keep your brain in your hand!” I loved this and reminded myself of this when my critical mind would interrupt the flow.

Before long images began to form…I followed them…without judgement or expectation.

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Ancient faces, native and wild, feathers, orbs, tangled tree roots…these gradually came to life on the canvas. I stayed present as best I could…allowing the creativity to just be. Pure and unchained by my own insecurities. It was really an amazing experience. My soul had been waiting for this opportunity.

The Feathered Ones

Here is the finished piece. I still don’t completely understand what part of me created this…but I have a deep attachment to it. I named it “The Feathered Ones”. This piece was done using charcoal and acrylic paint.

Now, I could have packed up my stuff and gone home a happy camper but the first day was only half done! Yes, I worked rather fast! I couldn’t help it.

So, I picked up a large piece of heavy paper and began the process again…

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one with deer

This lovely lady and her three deer arrived rather quickly. Their shapes almost forming from each other. This one I have called “Awinita”. I used charcoal, ink and acrylic paint.

Exhausted by the time I had finished her and thankful as Day One came to a blissful close.

Bright and early the next day we began our grounding meditation, followed by more creative exercises. I had one last large canvas that needed tending to! I was determined to create one more finished piece!

This one was a rather emotional, it went through several twists and turns. Most of which, surprised and even alarmed me.

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the king's son

Finally arriving at a place where I felt it was complete…I entitled it “The King’s Son”. Done with charcoal, ink, acrylic paint and collage.

I gotta tell you that when I somehow morphed the male figure into a big black bird I was a little freaked out. The woman standing next to me asked me if I was ok…I think I must have looked shocked…or something. I hadn’t expected that, yet I knew it was exactly right.

Here are some details from the piece.

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Okay…so I know that was kinda a long post but I just had to share this incredible experience with you. If you ever get the chance to take a class with Katie do it! Be ready to really challenge yourself and connect deeply with your Art!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!



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Let’s Face It – Online Workshop

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a part of a brand new, awesome course titled “Let’s Face It”. 

LET’S FACE IT is a course created and hosted by Kara Bullock from Kara Bullock Art.  It is for anyone that wants to practice creating faces and portraits, but is especially designed for those of you that have felt scared or intimidated to do so at some point in your life.   Together, we want to share with you our strategies, tips, and techniques that we use in order to create our faces and portraits.  You will leave this course feeling confident enough in your skills to never feel intimidated again!


Click here to find out more about LET’S FACE IT.

You guys know how much I LOVE to paint and draw faces so I’m super excited for my lesson! I will be teaching you how to do a 3/4 face – it’s kinda my fav. Plus there will be a mini bonus lesson too!

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This course is not open for registration yet!  However, you can read more about it and bookmark this page so that on October 15th, you can come back and register.   If you register by December 1st, you will get a discount on the price too! 

I am thrilled to be a part of this fantastic team of teachers and guess what else!?  I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you!!

To enter…just leave a comment here on my blog letting me know why you want to win a spot in Let’s Face It 2016! To increase the number of times I enter your name, you could do any or all of the following to spread the love, just be sure to pop back and let me know in the comments:

☆ Share this competition or the class on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, facebook page or other social network platform

☆ Like my facebook page (or invite some friends to)

☆ Subscribe to this blog

☆ Follow me on Instagram

I will announce the winner on Monday October 12th!

In the mean time, click here and book mark this page so that you can come back on October 15th and sign up! 

I can’t wait to begin this journey with each of you!



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Art to Adore: Amy Judd

Hi lovelies!

How has your weekend been? Our has been jam packed with a lovely birthday party, a heavenly Sunday brunch out with the family and lots of hanging with friends! The gorgeous Fall weather continues too! What a treat!

You may have noticed that I’ve gone a little nuts over birds lately! They have always been one of my favorite animals so when I recently discovered the work of Amy Judd – I was stopped in my tracks! Her work is truly a thing of sublime beauty, feminine grace and subtle mystery….enjoy.

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Exquisite right? Yes…I think so too.

Have a wonderful week!



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Flight & Feather – A New Online Mixed Media and encaustic workshop

Hi there friends!

Hope your week is off to a great start! The Fall weather here has been outstanding and we even managed to get out to the Oregon wine country and picnic with the kids this weekend! We happen to have some lovely friends who have a beautiful vacation rental home out there that I got to help decorate! Very fun to juice up the ole’ interior designer brain that doesn’t get much use anymore!

Anyway, I have some seriously exciting news to share! I have just opened up registration for my new online mixed media and encaustic workshop – Flight & Feather!

Flight & Feather with text

This two week online workshop will explore the magic, grace and beauty of birds! When I look around my studio, I notice how many bird images and sweet stray feathers I have lying about. Birds appear in my work all the time, so I was inspired to create a class all about them!

flight and feather collage

We will be completing 4 main projects and several studies and exercises. These creations would make beautiful gifts for loved ones and friends for the upcoming holiday season too!

I made a little video so you can hear more about it…

Things that we will cover in the workshop:

  • A guided tour of Birds in Art throughout history
  • Bird symbolism and mythology
  • Creating bird sketches with ink and charcoal on vintage papers
  • A study of drawing feathers and wings
  • Bird poetry inspired art journal spread
  • How to set up your encaustic wax
  • A bird/woman metamorphosis portrait collage
  • Feather & Wax Collage
  • Landscape/Bird collage with wax, oil sticks and gold leaf

This class is a must for anyone who loves birds and ART!  

I really enjoy guiding and communicating with my students, so I will only be taking a limited number. Registration will close when the classroom reaches maximum occupancy. 


For more info and to register please click the button below.


I look forward to seeing you in class!





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LAST DAY to Register for Paint & Pixels!

Hello there!

Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Just wanted to pop in quickly and remind everyone that today we will be closing registration to Paint & Pixels at midnight PST!

The class is teeming with activity, excitement and a giddy energy! People are discovering the amazing power of creating on their iPads and Robin and I couldn’t be more delighted and proud!

Check out some of the fantastic artwork from our students so far!

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Artists from top left : Erika C. Brothers, Eva-Britt Oderhem Lie‎, Laila Constanse Rygh‎ and Colette Trad

Click below to register!


Later this week, I’m looking forward to sharing with all about my experience at Katie Kendrick’s magical painting workshop! Absolutely blew me away!!!

Okay friends – have a beautiful Monday.


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