Lifebook 2016 Winner!

Hi all!

Hope your weekend is going well!

Just wanted to pop in an announce the winner of the free seat in the fabulous Lifebook 2016!


The winner is:

Lynda Simmons

CONGRATS Lynda!!! I will be contacting you with further info on your free spot in Lifebook 2016!

Thank you to everyone who entered and left wonderful comments on the blog and also shared this course! It’s going to be an amazing Lifebook! I look forward to seeing many of you in class!

Enjoy your Sunday!



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Paint & Pixels Student Art – Week One

Hi there and Happy Friday!

I hope this email finds you well and that your week has been lovely!

It’s been a little nutty around here assisting over 200 students in the online Paint & Pixels classroom but it’s been absolute joy and pleasure to guide these creative individuals into the world of iPad ART!

In Week One, we’ve been studying form, line, sketching from life, drawing a face, exploring the charcoal brushes and MORE! We are so incredibly impressed with the art that is coming out of this class!

Some people are drawing for the very first time and being so brave while others are more experienced but are still reveling in the discovery of creating on their iPad.

Take a peek at our student’s Art!

Paint & Pixels Week One Student Work

Artists from top left: MIchele Gilmer, Lisa Cirenza, Janet Reid, Eva-Britt Oderhem Lie, Geri Centonze, Janet Reid, Angela Kennedy, Michele Gilmer, Kirsi Koste, Sharon Grimley and Jessica Tan

There is still time to join the class but only barely – 3 MORE DAYS – and then we close the classroom door on September 21st.  We still have a seat saved for you so don’t miss this opportunity to create in a whole new way! Remember, you get lifetime access to the classroom and videos once you register so you can go at your own pace. Click the button below to learn more and register.


Have a fantastic weekend!


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Painting Workshop with Katie Kendrick

Hello there!

How is everyone’s week going? My goodness, thank you very much for all the great comments on my previous post about Lifebook 2016! So exciting!

Today, I have to share how thrilled I am to be attending an amazing Abstract and Expressionist painting retreat this weekend in Seattle! Two days of delicious painting with the fabulous Katie Kendrick!!! Eeeek!

Katie Kendrick

Have you guys seen her work? It’s so intuitive, layered and well…gorgeous. Look at all that heavenly texture!

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So beautiful right!? I’ve got two huge canvases that I will be driving up there with. Hopefully they will come home painted with something I love! I’ll keep you posted.

All these images via Katie’s website and her Pinterest board….go take a peek and feast your eyes!


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Life Book 2016 Blog Hop & Give Away!

Hello my creative friends!

I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2016 next year! I’m beyond honored to be a part of this year long, immersive, healing and inspiring course! This class has truly changed people’s lives and to contribute to the ongoing creative development and wellbeing of others is something that means the world to me as an Art educator.


Eeek…so want some MORE exciting news? Well, I also get to give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2016 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! :)

First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!

“Life Book, a celebration and honoring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.


Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Look at all these beautiful, shining souls! Wow…such a glowing line up of artists! So special to be a part of this group!


Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE.

I’m thrilled with my class concepts and can’t wait to share several mixed media techniques with you that will involve collage, painting, intuitive drawing, writing and even some encaustic wax! You know I can’t keep my paws off the wax! Here’s a little peek my creative musings for the class plus my lesson descriptions…

For my Bonus lesson:

Patch it up, Make it Shine” (January)

We will be journaling about the negative things we wish to leave behind us in 2015. Through a process of collage, paint and drawing we will “patch” over these words and replace them with loving, positive intentions, words, images and finally metallic paints and inks! We will carry renewed light and uplifting thoughts with us as we welcome 2016! This project is going to produce a gorgeous art journal page to start the year off right! Plus, who doesn’t love a little sparkle and shine!



For my Main lesson:

“Be your own Angel” (September)

Through exploring our thoughts and feelings through written exercises about self protection and self love we will discover what these things look like in our life and how we can practice more self-care in our day to day. Using personal symbolism, creating powerful mantras and revealing our inner divine we will create our own “Angel Self-Portrait” – a mixed media, collage (including photos of ourselves) and encaustic wax page that will represent our highest self, full of love, healing and self-acceptance. By empowering ourselves with self-care and self-love we can truly protect our hearts from what drains us and keeps us feeling small.


Registration opens on October 5th 2015 and the class begins on January 1st 2016.

So, if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! :) Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! :)

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! :) I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2016 to 1 lucky winner, yay! :) And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winner a space by entering all the other give-aways also! :)

To enter…just leave a comment here on my blog letting me know why you want to win a spot in Lifebook 2016! To increase the number of times I enter your name you could do any or all of the following to spread the love, just be sure to pop back and let me know in the comments:

☆ share this competition or the class on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, facebook page or other social network platform

☆ like my facebook page (or invite some friends to)

☆ subscribe to this blog

I will announce the winner on Sunday the 20th of September!

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! :)

7 Sept 2015 – Tamara Laporte –
8 Sept 2015 – Annie Hamman –
9 Sept 2015 – Kristin Dudish –
10 Sept 2015 – Effy Wild
11 Sept 2015 – Faith Evans-Sills
12 Sept 2015 – Gillian Lee Smith
13 Sept 2015 – Ivy Newport <—- you are here
14 Sept 2015 – Jane Davenport
15 Sept 2015 – Jenny Grant
16 Sept 2015 – Angela Kennedy –
17 Sept 2015 – Lisa Viger
18 Sept 2015 – Martha Lever
19 Sept 2015 – Mary Beth Shaw
20 Sept 2015 – Melody Ross
21 Sept 2015 – Pam Carriker
22 Sept 2015 – Pauline Agnew
23 Sept 2015 – Rae Missigman
24 Sept 2015 – Renata Loree
25 Sept 2015 – Roben-Marie Smith
26 Sept 2015 – Roxanne Coble
27 Sept 2015 –Shiloh Sophia McCloud
28 Sept 2015 – Donna Downey
29 Sept 2015 – Tracy Verdugo
30 Sept 2015 – Wyanne Thompson

Enjoy this fabulous BLOG HOP! Good luck!

Much love to you all,


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Mobile Art to Adore and countdown to Paint & Pixels!

Hello lovelies!

How is everyone? Things around here are quieter (the kiddos are back in school) but we are busier than ever – much to my delight! I adore being able to work from home and actually do what I LOVE too! So much gratitude!

You guys know I love to share Art with you and today I have a special treat because both Robin and I have curated some amazing Mobile Art for you to admire! (Just a little side note, in case you are unfamiliar – Mobile Art is Art created exclusively on a mobile device including iPhones, Androids and tablets.)

With our Paint & Pixels Workshop only 5 short days away we couldn’t resist showing you just how gorgeous Mobile Art can be with a collection of 3 of our favorite Mobile Artists!


the nostalgic beauty of Janet Reid’s creations….

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the surreal and atmospheric effects of the talented Bobbi McMurry


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and finally the mysterious delight of Erika C. Brothers‘ images…

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Pretty amazing right?! Seriously, the Mobile Art movement is incredibly exciting and we love being a part of it! We are also super duper lucky to have some of these artists joining us in the Paint & Pixels classroom too! Talk about honored!

Do you ever use your phone or tablet to create? If not…think about checking it out. Remember…I believe everyone is creative…you don’t have to be an “artist” to create and exploring on your mobile devices is a perfect place to experiment and play with photography, art and expression!


P.S. There is still time to join us in the Paint & Pixels workshop…remember registration closes September 21st. Click here to learn more and register.


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Paint & Pixels Class Starts Soon!

Hello my creative friends,

I hope this email finds you well!

I just wanted to pop in and remind everyone that there are ONLY 2 short weeks till the Paint & Pixels Online Classroom opens!

Robin and I are giddy with anticipation! We can’t wait to share all the power and creative expression that the iPad delivers! You may never create the same way again!

From manipulating your own photography, to digitally painting layered masterpieces, we have covered the gamut! And don’t forget that we will be showing you how to bring in those traditional ART materials too! The marriage of Paint & Pixels is one artistic romance you don’t want to miss! We are pretty sure you are going to fall in love! So many already have!

In fact, due to the overwhelming response to Paint & Pixels we have decided to close registration on September 21st. Exactly one week after class starts. This will allow us to focus on this first group of Paint & Pixels students. We have only a few spots left so if you have been waiting for that perfect day to give yourself this class – now’s the time to act! Remember, as a registered student you will have life-time access to the classroom and all the videos. To learn more and register click the button below…


We also wanted to share with you some of our most recent iPad creations…

These first three were done by Robin. She creates such soft, whimsical beauty while retaining a lovely painterly quality! Love that! I especially adore that last one – Such a tender self-portrait. To see more of Robin’s art please do go visit her gorgeous website!

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I was lucky enough to get a large stunning print of this one from Robin for my birthday! She’s going up in the studio in a beautiful frame. She’s even more exquisite in person!Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.45.48 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.45.17 AM

These last three are by moi…and I can’t even express how much fun it was to create these. I just love how free I can be on the iPad with no worry of messing up! So wonderful for exploring your own style and mark making! Gotta love that UNDO button! Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.46 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.30 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.12 AM

I hope you all have a wonderful week! For those of you who have signed up for Paint & Pixels already we are so excited to have you in class!

Much love to you all!


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