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Paint & Pixels ART to Adore

Good Morning! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start! I’m here to share with you about how delighted and proud Robin and I are of our past Paint & Pixels Students!

In fact, we made a little Art Show video to showcase the amazing talent pouring out of the online classroom and FB group! Take a peek and get your dose of gorgeous art for the day!

Pretty awesome right?! Yes…these were all created on the iPad! Such a powerful creative tool!

We are also so thrilled to announce that due to demand, we have  re- opened up the doors to the Paint & Pixels classroom.

So if you missed it, you now have your chance to take this innovative class as a self-paced online study – at a very affordable price too!

paint & pixels self study buttonYou can read more and register below.


Have a beautiful week!



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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!


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!


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Eating Lean & Green Cookbook

Hi there lovely people,

Okay, so I’m continuing my theme this week of celebrating the women around me and all the amazing things they are accomplishing!

Today, I wanted you to meet my dear friend, Katie Marreel! You know the friend that is just good at whatever she does…yeah that’s Katie! Creative, brilliant, kind, caring – you know that good to the core kinda person – well, Katie pretty much rocks and I feel super lucky to have had her in my life as a close friend and one of my best brain storming buddies!! Nothing better than another entrepreneurial girl to keep you going! So check this out…

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She has just launched her first cookbook and I couldn’t be more proud! Woo!!!

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I have witnessed her toil lovingly over this project for a looong time but the finished product is beyond gorgeous!! Go to her website to check out this beautifully written and photographed (by Katie herself) cookbook. Chock full of delicious, healthy recipes!

So you can get to know her a little better, I decided a little impromptu interview was in order! Just like her book, she’s bursting with great information and healthy tips for busy families and health minded individuals alike!

Okay here goes….So Katie…..


What is your personal relationship like with food and fitness? (hint hint…tell us about your story. ;)

My story begins nearly 60 lbs. and 15 years ago with a quest to transform my body into something healthier. The first several years brought many new diets and exercise programs, some of which failed, and others that made their own small contribution to weight loss. Nothing, however, came close to achieving the ultimate goal.  Then I discovered the Medifast 5 & 1 Meal Plan© through Take Shape for Life©. With guidance from my physician, I followed the program and experienced radical results. I lost weight beyond my expectations and built an entirely new relationship with food. Six years later, I’m still maintaining a goal weight. Eating Lean & Green has become a way of life.

My relationship with food and fitness is always changing and growing. There are so many ideas from experts in the field, I find that I am always studying and learning as much as I can. 

When it comes to food, I have learned to think about it as fuel to power my body, and I find deep satisfaction in eating things that are nutritious.  Old emotional eating habits, using food as a reward and a comfort, continue to fade away as new healthier habits take over.  There is no reward sweeter than the satisfaction of having made the right choices!

Fitness is something I have always been passionate about, and I am dedicated to keeping it a regular part of life. I like to change it up and try new things. From yoga and strength training to running and tennis, I’m always keeping my body moving.  Although it can be exhausting in the moment, I know that it does so many healing and restorative things for our bodies. It’s worth every drop of sweat.

What was your inspiration in creating this cookbook?

As a person who has struggled with weight for most of my life, my inspiration comes from a deeply-rooted desire to help others on the same journey.  I am passionate about sharing healthy and nutritious meals that are also incredibly satisfying and delicious.  Losing weight doesn’t have to taste bad!



What are your top three tips for incorporating healthy eating into your everyday family life?

#1:  Plan, plan, plan. It may not be the most fun task, but getting familiar with the nutritional value of your food and making a daily plan is the best thing you can to reach your goals.  I write down all the foods I plan to eat each day before I go to bed. If I’m going out to a restaurant, I will check out the menu online ahead of time and know ahead of time what I am going to order.

#2:  Don’t force it. Learning to be selective with your own foods while offering a few options for others will go a long way to getting them excited about being healthful. Forcing food choices on others will only drive them away from healthy eating.  Not everyone in my house eats on such a restrictive plan as I do, especially the kids who need more carbohydrates. The core of every dinner I cook is a healthy lean and green meal, but I will often serve a starch like beans or grains on the side to make it more satisfying for them. 

#3:  Make a daily habit. Whether you choose to read a book or magazine, listen to a podcast , or go online, spending an hour of time each day thinking about health and nutrition will make a big difference in your ability to incorporate healthy eating into your everyday life.  It will keep you focused and give you a better knowledge base to make wise decisions.

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What changes have you seen within your life and your families by implementing these healthy practices?

One noteworthy change has been in my own sense of identity and being comfortable with my body. Losing weight and maintaining it has brought a great deal of self-confidence and has opened the door to trying lots of new and exciting things in life that I might have been intimidated by otherwise.

The most exciting thing to see is the effect on people around me.  By living out a healthy lifestyle, I get to be an example for others who have a similar goal, but may have lost hope or gotten frustrated in the process.  My conversation often falls into the topics of health and nutrition because it’s something I get really excited about. I love getting to share new ideas about food that show people being healthful can also taste incredibly delicious. It’s a win win!

She’s inspiring right? Katie is so passionate about helping others live a healthier life!

Now don’t be shy…you can visit her at her website or Facebook too! Go say hi! ;)

Thanks for chatting with us Katie! You go girl!



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MDAC Summit Exhibition 2015

Hi there! How are you guys? Hope all is well with you!

I’m starting my Monday out fully caffeinated and buzzing with excitement – Robin and I both got digital art accepted into The Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit in Palo Alto, CA! WOO! This is THE event for iPad and Mobile artists! Some really amazing artists are going to be in this show! I can’t tell you yet…cuz it’s still a bit of a secret but soon I will share some of them with you! ;)

s130407988606392384_p15_i1_w1200We are so thrilled! Over 1200 entries of digital art were submitted and only 100 pieces were selected to be exhibited! These are our two pieces that were accepted…my crow lady…

“The Messenger” 2015 (created with Procreate, Repix and Stackables apps on iPad Air)

and Robin’s beautiful self-portrait…

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“Lovely duck show me the way” 2015 (created on the iPad using Procreate)

We can’t wait to fly to sunny Cali and attend this exciting event in August! What a great honor and really a validating experience now that we are both teaching our own ONLINE DIGITAL ART CLASS – Paint & Pixels! Registration is open and we already have over 130 students from all over the world!!

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If you haven’t used your iPad creatively we invite you to check it out! You won’t regret it and it can literally revolutionize your artistic practice!! We promise! If you are curious…you can also join us in the Paint & Pixels Info Facebook group. We are here to answer any questions! Come hang with us and see what our students are already doing with their iPads as they prepare for class to open in September! So very cool!

Have a fantastic Monday!




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An Art Supply Giveaway!

Hello there!

So I gotta say…I had never really done giveaways on the blog before the one we just did for the Paint & Pixels Workshop…and well…they are SUPER fun! You can expect more of these from me in the future! I love the excitement of putting together a fun package and seeing who wins! :) Good times.

SOOO….I’ve decided to do one to celebrate my upcoming online Mixed Media & Encaustic workshop – Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes!

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Check it out! I’ve gathered up lots of goodies to give away! What a great start to the class and we all LOVE new supplies right? :)

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All of these items are on the supply list! Yah! Included in this package will be — A Ranger Heat-It craft dryer, a bottle of linseed oil, two Faber Castell Gelatoes (white & black), a set of Reeves water mixable oils (love these), a gorgeous set of Japanese Hake Brushes (used for encaustic wax) and a 1 lb. bag of encaustic medium by R & F!! Woo!

There are ONLY TWO DAYS left for the early bird pricing of only $52.00 and I need your help to spread the word!

To enter to win this lovely bundle of art goodies you simply have leave a comment about what your all time favorite art medium is PLUS share about the workshop on one (or more) of your social channels….i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Let me know how and where you shared and each time you do, I will enter you name again into the drawing! Pretty easy right!?

I will be drawing the winner on Saturday June 13th! So stay tuned to see if you won!! Can’t wait to wrap up this box and ship it out to a lucky creative friend!

Thank you all for helping me share this event! You guys rock!





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iPad Art Overdose

Hello all!

I hope you are well! I’ve been very busy finishing up my work for the Studying Under the Masters III class! I’ve learned so much from being Marie Laurencin’s virtual apprentice!

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I’m so excited for it to begin May 5th! There is still time to sign up! Go here to register and come create with me! Or click below to purchase.


In between shooting videos, editing and being a mom, I sneak in time to create art on my iPad. I don’t always have the luxury (or time) to pull out all my art supplies and spend hours creating but my iPad gives me the art hit I need with no mess, no waste and it’s simple to put it down and tend to my responsibilities (a two-year old who constantly needs snacks) and then pick it right back up and keep making art. Here are some of my most recent creations…

I’ve really enjoyed doing some of these whimsical portraits with animals…

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Madame Violet & her dog

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And some self portrait fun using my own photography…



And even doing some landscapes/cityscapes and more experimental stuff that I don’t usually do…


this one I made entirely on my iPhone…

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If you happen to have an iPad or an iPhone consider playing with some of the many creative apps available. Using the power of technology is an amazing and powerful way to explore art, your creativity and further develop your style and composition with NO risk! Don’t like something – Just click UNDO. Gotta love that! ;)

The apps I recommend are Procreate, Repix, icolorama, Brushstroke, DistressedFX and Stackables. There are many others but these are my favs right now.

Much love to you! Keep creating!







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