Monthly Archives: October 2015

It’s all in the Palette…

Hello there!

Hope your week is going well! It’s almost Friday and then Halloween! My kids are crazy excited. I’m a little less so – it looks like it will be raining here, so we’ll be flipping a coin for who stays in and doles out candy and who leads the little ones around the neighborhood, umbrellas in tow!

Today, I have a beautiful treat for you. Have you ever wondered what a famous artists’ palette looks like? Well photographer, Matthias Schaller did and he captured these beautiful and historical “portraits” of just that! Such a rare treasure to see these! I’ve paired the images of the palettes with some of the artists’ work so we can witness the connection between palette and painter…

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Isn’t that so fascinating to see? I just love being able to see the same hand on the palette as we do on the canvas. To see the entire exhibit of palettes go here.

Do you ever take pictures of your own palette? They can be quite beautiful!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

xo,

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FREE LIFEBOOK lesson!

Hello sweet readers!

How are you? It’s a rainy Monday here in Portland and the leaves are falling but what a great time to cozy up and get down to some serious art making!

Many of you know, I will be a teacher in next year’s Lifebook and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This amazing class is a year of gorgeous art lessons with a focus on self-healing and self-reflection! Talk about a fabulous way to kick off 2016 right?!

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As a very special treat – the incredibly generous Tamara Laporte has offered up a completely FREE lesson for you to get a taste of what Lifebook has to offer!

Go here to watch the FREE in-depth lesson! It’s a good one with 4 videos plus a PDF file! It will only be up for a limited time so go check it out! It goes through Tam’s entire process of collage and then painting over collage to create a beautiful and whimsical piece.

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If you love it and I really think you will…then come on back and sign yourself up for this life-changing course!

You can find more info about the workshop here.

Hope you guys enjoy this free class!

xo,

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My Top 5 Favorite Art Books

Hi there lovely people!

How’s the week treating you so far? Yesterday was blissfully rainy and I was knee deep in editing project videos for Flight & Feather! I’m so excited that class opens on Monday! I can’t wait to share all these projects with the students! I couldn’t resist and threw in 3 bonus lessons too! Why not? I was having a blast creating so it’s a win win. ;)

Here’s a pic of one of the bonus lessons I will be teaching! Loved making this one!

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Anyway, today I wanted to share with you my top five favorite Art & Creativity books right now!! Highly recommended and full of inspiration, wisdom and ideas! If you are feeling a bit out of creative juice grab a new art book! Perks me up in no time…along with a strong coffee!

Okay so here’s the line up in no particular order! They are all fabulous!

 #1 Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop by Serena BartonScreen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.47.32 PM#2 Birds In Art by Caroline Bugler

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#3 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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#4 The Art of Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer

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#5 Encaustic Mixed Media by Patricia Baldwin Seggebrush

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Hope you guys check these out! You can never have too many books as far as I’m concerned! Happy ART reading!

xo,

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Art to Adore

Happy Friday my readers!

Hope you have some lovely plans for the weekend! I’m actually going to go see Madonna!! Eeek! Kinda a childhood dream so I’m a little giddy! Anyway, before I break out in my Vogue dance…I wanted to share some more gorgeous bird themed artworks! I’ve been working non stop on my Flight & Feather  online workshop so yes, I have birds on the brain….big time!

Enjoy these beautiful and inspiring creations….and go visit these artists’ galleries of work.

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Evening by Jeanie Tomanek

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Introspection by Alexandra Douglass

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Paperbirds by Steven Kenny

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Danielle O’Brien

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Lynn Watt

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Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

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Winner of Let’s Face It Workshop Giveaway!

Hello my friends!

Oh my goodness! I got a little caught up in filming classes and neglected to announce the winner of the fabulous Let’s Face It online workshop giveaway! Registration opens TOMORROW! Don’t miss it!

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So…with out further ado the winner is Suzy Norris! Congrats Suzy!

Thank you all who entered, left sweet comments and shared the news of the class online!

I’ll be bringing you some gorgeous artwork this week plus some of my favorite art books too! So keep an eye out in your inbox.

Okay back to work! I’m knee deep in Art History study!

xo,

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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.

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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!

xo,

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