Artist Inspired : Juna Biagioni

Hi friends,

I hope your week is going well! I, for one am feeling a little overwhelmed BUT in the best way possible! I’m basically bursting at the seams with inspiration! It seems to be coming in at every angle. Each day, I awake a little more excited to begin the day and swim through this sea of creativity – desperately trying to keep my head above water!

I can’t seem to learn fast enough or create quickly enough! The days slip by while my head is down, my hand in constant motion. Drawing and creating like a kid with a new box of crayons. It’s dizzying, bewildering, exhilarating and yes, at times a bit terrifying! This is how creativity seems to work…at least for me and the best thing I can do is share it right? Spread this crazy energy around before it consumes me!

So today, I am doing just that! I have recently discovered a new artist to me. What a gift when this happens! Her name is Juna Biagioni and her techniques of creating mixed media portraits are…well…enchanting!

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I couldn’t stop watching her videos, so I wanted to share them with you!

This first one is beyond beautiful…

This is another gorgeous creation! Don’t you love her mark making and use of color! Divine!!

Please do go visit Juna and explore her lovely site! She has an online portrait class coming up that you know I will be taking!! She is also a fellow guest teacher with me in the Let’s Face It Portrait class as well as the online mixed media workshop – Love Art Happy Life.

What a delight to discover yet another wonderful teacher to keep the creative community flourishing and my own creativity flowing! Thank you Juna for so generously offering these free videos that surely have inspired so many!

I hope you guys enjoy these!

xo,

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Flight & Feather Round Two

Hello there!

Hope you are all doing well! We survived Halloween and even managed to donate most of the candy, leaving us with a more reasonable stash. My kids disagree but seriously – there is only so much candy one needs lying about! Now, as for art supplies – that’s another story! One can never have too much as far as I’m concerned! ;)

Speaking of art, I’m so excited to share just some of the gorgeous student work from the first week of Flight & Feather! My students never cease to amaze and inspire me!

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From top left, Jan Blencowe, Gillian Bowditch-Cooper, Dee Vlasak, Liz Deck, Alissa Millsap and Karen Harrington

This first class sold out very quickly and with a healthy wait list, I have now opened up registration for a second session with the classroom opening on Nov. 9th!

Go here to learn more and register or simply click the button below! I am limiting my class size again, so now’s the time to join us bird/art lovers for this two week mixed media and encaustic class with lifetime access!

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Here’s a little sneak peek at just a some of the projects we will be doing…

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I look forward to seeing you in class!

Keep creating and have a beautiful week!

xo,

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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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JOhn Singer Sargent

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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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