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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!



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A NEW Mixed Media Collage Class

Well hello there my creative friends!

We just launched a brand new Mixed Media Collage class taught by the wonderfully talented Petra Hrziwnatzki! I am so honored to have her share this beautiful class with you! Registration is NOW open! Class begins May 10th!

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Petra’s light burns brightly and her artwork carries that glow within it. She infuses her work with meaningful words and quotes that resonate with her soul. Through the use of mixed media and collage she creates pieces that uplift, inspire and comfort.

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Now, she’s going to guide you through her special processes so you can begin to make art that aligns with your heart and leads you towards your own inner beauty and desires.

Get ready! It’s going to be a powerful and exciting journey!




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Spring Art Auction

Hello there friends!

I hope you are all having a lovely Monday! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that tomorrow, I will be the featured artist in a big Facebook Art Auction! Go here to join in on the fun!

I will have over 36 pieces of my Artwork up for bidding including both originals and beautiful stretched canvas prints!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the pieces that will be up for sale…

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Red Petals on white

Red Petals on White, 2015 Digital Art

What Remains

What Remains, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas (PRINT)

Dark Waters

Dark Waters, 2015 Digital Art

Distant Dawn

Distant Dawn, 2015 Digtal Art

Paperboats at night

Paper Boats at Night, 2016 Mixed Media on Board

I would love to “see” you there! It’s a very fun crowd and the bidding wars can be downright entertaining!

Wish me luck!

Have a beautiful afternoon!



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Poetry & Paint

Hello there and Happy Friday!

Goodness! It’s been so crazy around here! My ArtWorthy retreat is in just under two weeks, I’m in production on my new class , I spruced up the blog (it needed it) and well…I just got back from Mexico! I can’t complain though because – truly it’s all GOOD. Good crazy is just fine…right? I can deal with good crazy. ;)

I will be sharing pics from Mexico soon but I wanted to share some new work that I completed recently. These paintings kinda came of the blue for me…along with the words that followed. It always surprises and astounds me how much of our subconscious can emerge when creating art.

What Remains

What Remains, 2016 Mixed media on canvas 20″ x 24″

This piece was inspired by the photography of Errikos Andreou. I just loved the pose. It spoke volumes to me. I used a mixture of charcoal, liquid pencil, acrylic paint and gesso to create this.

While trying to name this piece a poem came to me…

I hold the strands of my life.
Ribbons of light, bone, blood.
The tide has come in.
Washed it all
I am left with
what remains.

It was both thrilling and a tad alarming to have these words spill from my pen onto the page. I am still slightly  unsure where these emotions came from…

Immediately after that one I created this piece –


Tethered, 2016 Mixed media on canvas 24″ x 24″

Again words accompanied the painting…

Clinging to the shore
a tether to my heart.
At once,
I am engulfed
beneath the waters.

A third piece is in the works. I feel like a series has begun here for me – a new and exciting adventure.

Have you had poetry emerge with your art? I would love to hear about your experiences.

Have a beautiful and creative Saturday.




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Early bird registration!

Hello there! Happy Friday night!

Hope everyone is doing well! I was gonna wait till next week to let you know but I just couldn’t wait – I just opened up EARLY BIRD registration for my brand NEW online class – Sacred Landscape!

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Let me tell you a little more about it!

I think you will absolutely love making art this way – so come join me on this journey into abstraction, expression, color and composition!

You can read all about this NEW online class here!

Have a fantastic weekend!





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A New Mixed Media Collage class!

Hello, hello!

More abundant sunshine over here in Portland! Everyone seems to have more energy and bigger smiles! Love that.

Today, I’m not only smiling because it’s sunny – I’m grinning from ear to ear because I have some juicy news to share with you!

I’m excited to announce that I have the honor of hosting a gorgeous Mixed Media Collage class with the uber talented, Petra Hrziwnatzki!

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It’s in production right now but registration will open very SOON! If you want to be the first to know head on over to my site and add your name to the waitlist! You are not going to want to miss this one!

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Petra’s work is delicate yet powerful, infused with inspiring words and favorite quotes. Soft colors swirl through the pieces and are perfectly balanced with creamy whites while sparks of pretty collage papers peek through the layers. These dreamy pieces resonate a deep sense of peace and hope.


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Petra’s heart is all about uplifting and inspiring others and you can clearly feel that through her artwork.

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In this class, she will be walking you through her beautiful process so that you too can create these meaningful and heartfelt mixed media collages!

To see more of Petra’s enchanting work and learn more about this talented artist please visit her lovely site.

Petra and I will see you in class!! Don’t forget to add your name to the waitlist so we can let you know the minute registration opens!

Have a fabulous day!


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