Monthly Archives: September 2015

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!

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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!

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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. 

CLASSROOM OPENS OCT. 26th, 2015

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

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I look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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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!

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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.

xo,

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Lifebook 2016 Winner!

Hi all!

Hope your weekend is going well!

Just wanted to pop in an announce the winner of the free seat in the fabulous Lifebook 2016!

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The winner is:

Lynda Simmons

CONGRATS Lynda!!! I will be contacting you with further info on your free spot in Lifebook 2016!

Thank you to everyone who entered and left wonderful comments on the blog and also shared this course! It’s going to be an amazing Lifebook! I look forward to seeing many of you in class!

Enjoy your Sunday!

xo,

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Paint & Pixels Student Art – Week One

Hi there and Happy Friday!

I hope this email finds you well and that your week has been lovely!

It’s been a little nutty around here assisting over 200 students in the online Paint & Pixels classroom but it’s been absolute joy and pleasure to guide these creative individuals into the world of iPad ART!

In Week One, we’ve been studying form, line, sketching from life, drawing a face, exploring the charcoal brushes and MORE! We are so incredibly impressed with the art that is coming out of this class!

Some people are drawing for the very first time and being so brave while others are more experienced but are still reveling in the discovery of creating on their iPad.

Take a peek at our student’s Art!

Paint & Pixels Week One Student Work

Artists from top left: MIchele Gilmer, Lisa Cirenza, Janet Reid, Eva-Britt Oderhem Lie, Geri Centonze, Janet Reid, Angela Kennedy, Michele Gilmer, Kirsi Koste, Sharon Grimley and Jessica Tan

There is still time to join the class but only barely – 3 MORE DAYS – and then we close the classroom door on September 21st.  We still have a seat saved for you so don’t miss this opportunity to create in a whole new way! Remember, you get lifetime access to the classroom and videos once you register so you can go at your own pace. Click the button below to learn more and register.

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Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

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Painting Workshop with Katie Kendrick

Hello there!

How is everyone’s week going? My goodness, thank you very much for all the great comments on my previous post about Lifebook 2016! So exciting!

Today, I have to share how thrilled I am to be attending an amazing Abstract and Expressionist painting retreat this weekend in Seattle! Two days of delicious painting with the fabulous Katie Kendrick!!! Eeeek!

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Have you guys seen her work? It’s so intuitive, layered and well…gorgeous. Look at all that heavenly texture!

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So beautiful right!? I’ve got two huge canvases that I will be driving up there with. Hopefully they will come home painted with something I love! I’ll keep you posted.

All these images via Katie’s website and her Pinterest board….go take a peek and feast your eyes!

xo,

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Life Book 2016 Blog Hop & Give Away!

Hello my creative friends!

I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2016 next year! I’m beyond honored to be a part of this year long, immersive, healing and inspiring course! This class has truly changed people’s lives and to contribute to the ongoing creative development and wellbeing of others is something that means the world to me as an Art educator.

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Eeek…so want some MORE exciting news? Well, I also get to give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2016 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! :)

First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!

“Life Book, a celebration and honoring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

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Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Look at all these beautiful, shining souls! Wow…such a glowing line up of artists! So special to be a part of this group!

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Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE.

I’m thrilled with my class concepts and can’t wait to share several mixed media techniques with you that will involve collage, painting, intuitive drawing, writing and even some encaustic wax! You know I can’t keep my paws off the wax! Here’s a little peek my creative musings for the class plus my lesson descriptions…

For my Bonus lesson:

Patch it up, Make it Shine” (January)

We will be journaling about the negative things we wish to leave behind us in 2015. Through a process of collage, paint and drawing we will “patch” over these words and replace them with loving, positive intentions, words, images and finally metallic paints and inks! We will carry renewed light and uplifting thoughts with us as we welcome 2016! This project is going to produce a gorgeous art journal page to start the year off right! Plus, who doesn’t love a little sparkle and shine!

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For my Main lesson:

“Be your own Angel” (September)

Through exploring our thoughts and feelings through written exercises about self protection and self love we will discover what these things look like in our life and how we can practice more self-care in our day to day. Using personal symbolism, creating powerful mantras and revealing our inner divine we will create our own “Angel Self-Portrait” – a mixed media, collage (including photos of ourselves) and encaustic wax page that will represent our highest self, full of love, healing and self-acceptance. By empowering ourselves with self-care and self-love we can truly protect our hearts from what drains us and keeps us feeling small.

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Registration opens on October 5th 2015 and the class begins on January 1st 2016.

So, if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! :) Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! :)

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! :) I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2016 to 1 lucky winner, yay! :) And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winner a space by entering all the other give-aways also! :)

To enter…just leave a comment here on my blog letting me know why you want to win a spot in Lifebook 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

I will announce the winner on Sunday the 20th of September!

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! :)

7 Sept 2015 – Tamara Laporte –  http://www.willowing.org/
8 Sept 2015 – Annie Hamman –  http://anniehamman.com/
9 Sept 2015 – Kristin Dudish –  http://kristindudish.com/
10 Sept 2015 – Effy Wildhttp://effywild.com/
11 Sept 2015 – Faith Evans-Sillshttp://harmonyandfaith.blogspot.com/
12 Sept 2015 – Gillian Lee Smithhttp://www.gillianleesmithartist.com/
13 Sept 2015 – Ivy Newporthttp://ivynewport.com/ <—- you are here
14 Sept 2015 – Jane Davenporthttp://janedavenport.com/
15 Sept 2015 – Jenny Granthttp://www.flowbyjenny.com/
16 Sept 2015 – Angela Kennedy – http://pennystamper.blogspot.com
17 Sept 2015 – Lisa Vigerhttp://www.lisaviger.com/
18 Sept 2015 – Martha Leverhttp://marthalever.blogspot.co.uk/
19 Sept 2015 – Mary Beth Shawhttp://www.mbshaw.com/
20 Sept 2015 – Melody Rosshttp://bravegirlsclub.com/
21 Sept 2015 – Pam Carrikerhttp://pamcarriker.com/
22 Sept 2015 – Pauline Agnewhttp://www.paulineagnew.com/blog/
23 Sept 2015 – Rae Missigmanhttp://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/
24 Sept 2015 – Renata Loreehttp://renataloree.com/
25 Sept 2015 – Roben-Marie Smithhttp://www.robenmarie.com/
26 Sept 2015 – Roxanne Coblehttp://bybun.com/
27 Sept 2015 –Shiloh Sophia McCloudhttp://www.shilohsophiastudios.com/blog
28 Sept 2015 – Donna Downeyhttp://donnadowney.typepad.com
29 Sept 2015 – Tracy Verdugohttp://artoftracyverdugo.blogspot.co.uk/
30 Sept 2015 – Wyanne Thompsonhttp://www.wyanne.com

Enjoy this fabulous BLOG HOP! Good luck!

Much love to you all,

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