Instagram Crush – Phillippa Stanton

Hello my lovely readers!

I know it’s been a little while since I’ve shared some yummy art or photography to enjoy but I’m here to make up for it with a delicious sampling of work from the incredibly talented Instagram icon and Synesthetic Artist – Phillippa Stanton.Wondering what a Synesthetic Artist is? Here’s how it is described on her website:

“Being Synesthetic means that Philippa can see sound, taste and smell in shape, colour and texture, allowing her to create unique portraits of people’s voices, food and drink.”

So cool right? I can see this gift reflected in her photography for sure.

Her photography and short videos make my heart pitter patter and I often let out an audible sigh. Her gorgeous shots embody stunning color, interiors of her fairytale cottage (in Brighton, England of course), delightful styling and her adorable siamese kitty. Her images make you want to step inside her world and stay…forever.

You must watch the precious videos she creates. They are magical moments of stillness and beauty.

Like this one…

Ok…I’ll stop gushing. Just enjoy these and go visit her feed on Instagram.







{All images via Phillipa Stanton}

Aren’t they just beautiful? So poetic in the way she arranges each item, each petal and always a steaming cup of tea! She truly shows us how beauty exists all around us. In our belongings, our family table, out our window – we only need to take the time to see it.

Now, go take a minute for yourself. Breath in the beauty in your life. You deserve it.

I hope you enjoyed.

With love and gratitude,


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Birthday Sale

Hello everyone! My goodness this summer has been a whirlwind! I can’t believe I’m shopping for back to school supplies already.

Today, however, I got to do some fun shopping for me – since it’s my birthday! Woo! To further the festivities,  I thought i would be fun to put my all time favorite online class in the limelight with a fabulous SALE

SO much love went into the making of this class!

Check out this sweet preview video to get just a little taste of what you in store for!

For the next 4 days you can join this class for 30% off its regular price!

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I hope you will join me for this very special class!!

Off to an evening with my hubby for sushi! Yum.


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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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NEW Online Wax & Plaster Workshop

Hello lovely readers!

I do hope life has been good to you! We have been enjoying the warm weather and summertime visits from family and friends.

Today, I come to you a little bit giddy! You see, I’ve teamed up with my dear friend and fellow online teacher Petra Hrziwnatzki to create a brand NEW Online creative workshop!


{Limited Seats available}

Poetic Plaster & Wax with website

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Here’s a little backstory… ;)

I’ve always been enamored with words. When I was a teenager, I used to have poetry wars with my Dad and my journal is full of them! He would write one, then me and so on. We each had to take a line or a theme from the poem before. It was great fun and I discovered how incredible it can be to connect poetry to images. I often created art from my poems or vice versa!

Art and Poetry are a heavenly match. Words and colors. Stanzas and brushstrokes. Verses and imagery. A beautiful relationship that blends seamlessly with the atmospheric wax and plaster work that Petra and I love to do!


I invite you to come learn more about this very special class. Click below to read all about the gorgeous projects! Learn to combine your love of words into stunning and soulful artwork!

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I’ll see you in class!



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Summer Solstice Sale

Hello dear ones!

I hope life has been treating you well! We have been busy over here in my little home, celebrating birthdays and Father’s Day and TODAY is our 13th wedding anniversary! Woo! The longest and (most memorable day) of my life – so fitting for the Summer Solstice right?

To kick Summer off right we are having a 48 HR SALE on some of our best online ART workshops! Including my most recent class, Sacred Landscape which has been a huge success!

Are you ready to fill your long, light filled days with creativity?!

Enter Discount Code: SUMMER30 at check out!


If you didn’t get a chance to take these workshops before, now is the time to scoop them up for an additional 30% off! Remember they are all self-paced, with life-time access and downloadable videos – so you can enjoy them on your own schedule. :)

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Happy Summer Creating! I’ll look forward to seeing you in class!


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Ask Ivy – Composition & Style

Hi there lovely people,

Well…I know I usually post my “Ask Ivy” videos on Wednesday but I didn’t want to detract from launching my sweet friend’s new online workshop! So – I am here today to answer some more of your questions.

I hope this addressed some of your own concerns or inquiries! I love doing this so feel free to shoot me a question.

Also, here is a link to my NEW Resource Library where you can download those composition sheets I mention in the video. Very handy indeed! Plus, you can check out some of my fav You Tube videos, supplies, book and more! Enjoy this special library where I will be adding new useful info regularly!

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Have a fabulous weekend!



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