Art to Adore – Dan McCaw

Hello! I hope this post finds you well!

I know its been a little while since I’ve shared some yummy Art to Adore but I’m here to make up for it with a delicious sampling of work from the incredibly talented and insightful Dan McCaw.

He’s kinda my new artist crush. Shh…don’t tell anyone. lol. ;)

I even tracked down his out of print book and forked over for a small fortune for it. (Worth every penny.) His words take me back to studying in art school and has brought to the forefront, knowledge and training that I had stashed away and even rebelled from. He makes me feel like a hungry student again – a feeling I yearn for.

Ok…I’ll stop gushing.

First, here is a video interview that reveals what an inspiring mind this man possesses. Enjoy..


And here are some of my favorite paintings by Dan…


Aren’t they just beautiful? So poetic in the way he suggests certain elements but leaves out others. I think there is such a beauty in allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks…it leaves room for interpretation. An openness to emotion and deep meaning. What do you think?

You can see more of his work on my shrine… ah…I mean my Pinterest board dedicated to him. ;)

I hope you enjoyed.


*All images by Dan McCaw


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Ask Ivy – the Inner Critic & Life Balance

Hi there readers,

How’s life been treating you? We are still recovering from the long weekend and are headed into a heat wave here in Portland! Yikes!

I have managed to stay cool in the studio and just finished shooting my next “Ask Ivy” episode. In this one, I answer a couple of questions about the inner-critic and finding (or not finding) balance in my life ;) …check it out…

So here are a couple of books I would like to recommend on these topics that are sitting next to my bed…

Love this guy’s whole belief that we are not actually after balance but rather satisfaction! I like that he de-mystifies the life-work balance concept…especially since it eludes me! lol!

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And this one just arrived on my doorstep. It is pretty, inviting and full of wonderful ideas, inspiration and creative ways that we can work with our inner critic…


I’ll be sharing some Art to Adore tomorrow from one of my favorite artists!

Hope you have a beautiful Wednesday!




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Memorial Weekend Sale

Hello there! Happy Friday!

I hope your week went well! Mine was a bit of a whirlwind so I’m plenty ready for the long holiday weekend.

To kick it off, we are doing a Memorial Weekend Sale of select classes!

Enter Discount Code: CREATE30 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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Have a fantastic weekend!


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Ask Ivy

Hello there and Happy Wednesday! 

I wanted to pop in and tell you that I’ve started a new segment where you – my fellow creatives – ask me your questions about creativity, art making and living an artful life. Every Wednesday, I post a video where I choose a few of your questions and do my very best to answer them. If you would like to submit a question for me, you can go here.

You can watch the first episode below…

Also, I would love to personally invite you to my Facebook Creative Community! A vibrant group of wonderful creatives have gathered here to support, inspire and connect with one another.  We would love to have you!

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Happy creating!


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Storyteller’s Art back OPEN!

Hello there!

I hope you are all doing well! I’ve been busy wrapping my latest workshop and I’m heading to New Mexico this week for an amazing workshop at the Ghost Ranch!! oooh!!

Some more VERY exciting news to share – The Storyteller’s Art Workshop is back open for registration! This class has been a HUGE success – with the students in the first and second groups already creating beautiful artwork and inspiring stories!

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Take a look at this sweet welcome message from your teacher, Robin Laws

If you missed the chance to take this class last time, now’s your chance to jump in! Click below to join us!

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We will look forward to seeing you in class!



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Mother’s Day Sale!



It’s time to celebrate Mom and what better way then to encourage and celebrate her creative spirit! One of our online, mixed media classes is just the ticket! Mom can access the class at her leisure with lifetime access and downloadable videos PLUS for the next 72 Hours you can get a fabulous 30% off our favorite classes! 


One of our newest workshops is opening on May 10th and Mom is going to love the dreamy feminine projects taught by the talented Petra Hrziwnatzki! This brand new class is also included in on the SALE!

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Go here to pick from our classes to gift to your special Mama!


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