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A NEW CLASS- Abstract Art on your iPad

Hello there creatives,

I’m thrilled to announce that registration for this BRAND NEW CLASS with artist, Tricia Dewey is now OPEN.

Tricia has discovered innovative and truly creative techniques for creating gorgeous abstract figurative work on her iPad! Her work is full of mystery, emotion and modern texture and design!

If you have wanted to learn more about using these amazing devices and explore ground breaking new ways of creating expressive art – then this is the class for you!

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Come learn all about it and register by clicking below. This exciting workshop should not be missed! Don’t miss the early bird price either!

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Stunning examples of Tricia’s contemporary and evocative work…

 

So get your imagination and your iPad ready! We will see you in class!

xo,

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Early bird registration!

Hello there! Happy Friday night!

Hope everyone is doing well! I was gonna wait till next week to let you know but I just couldn’t wait – I just opened up EARLY BIRD registration for my brand NEW online class – Sacred Landscape!

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Let me tell you a little more about it!

I think you will absolutely love making art this way – so come join me on this journey into abstraction, expression, color and composition!

You can read all about this NEW online class here!

Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

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My Artwork from Katie Kendrick’s Seattle Workshop

Hi there!

Hope everyone got through Monday! Wow, what a whirlwind with Lifebook 2016 opening plus my blog hop with Let’s Face it! Geez! I have really filled up my 2016 teaching schedule and you know what? I like it like that! :)

However, I never got the chance to fill you in on how my weekend away at Katie Kendrick’s amazing workshop went…

Well, it was…as expected – transformative, revealing, emotional, joyous and powerful. Yeah, it was that good!

Here is a pic of one of Katie’s work in progress…

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Katie has an exquisite energy that resonated through all in attendance. She truly provided a grounded, meditative and safe place for us to unfurl, explore and simply be present with our creations. Her instruction and deep intention for us was to “Empty ourselves of everything.” She handed out slips of paper with these words boldly typed. I taped mine to my easel as a reminder.

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This class was focused on intuitive, expressive work on larger scale canvases. Larger than most of us were comfortable working on (including me)!

My large canvas stared at me blankly and I stared back. I hesitated but with Katie’s gentle guiding the class moved into action as we began making marks with graphite or charcoal using our non-dominate hand. Random marks, whatever felt right or not right…it didn’t matter. Just keep moving! She said more than once “Keep your brain in your hand!” I loved this and reminded myself of this when my critical mind would interrupt the flow.

Before long images began to form…I followed them…without judgement or expectation.

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Ancient faces, native and wild, feathers, orbs, tangled tree roots…these gradually came to life on the canvas. I stayed present as best I could…allowing the creativity to just be. Pure and unchained by my own insecurities. It was really an amazing experience. My soul had been waiting for this opportunity.

The Feathered Ones

Here is the finished piece. I still don’t completely understand what part of me created this…but I have a deep attachment to it. I named it “The Feathered Ones”. This piece was done using charcoal and acrylic paint.

Now, I could have packed up my stuff and gone home a happy camper but the first day was only half done! Yes, I worked rather fast! I couldn’t help it.

So, I picked up a large piece of heavy paper and began the process again…

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one with deer

This lovely lady and her three deer arrived rather quickly. Their shapes almost forming from each other. This one I have called “Awinita”. I used charcoal, ink and acrylic paint.

Exhausted by the time I had finished her and thankful as Day One came to a blissful close.

Bright and early the next day we began our grounding meditation, followed by more creative exercises. I had one last large canvas that needed tending to! I was determined to create one more finished piece!

This one was a rather emotional, it went through several twists and turns. Most of which, surprised and even alarmed me.


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the king's son

Finally arriving at a place where I felt it was complete…I entitled it “The King’s Son”. Done with charcoal, ink, acrylic paint and collage.

I gotta tell you that when I somehow morphed the male figure into a big black bird I was a little freaked out. The woman standing next to me asked me if I was ok…I think I must have looked shocked…or something. I hadn’t expected that, yet I knew it was exactly right.

Here are some details from the piece.

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Okay…so I know that was kinda a long post but I just had to share this incredible experience with you. If you ever get the chance to take a class with Katie do it! Be ready to really challenge yourself and connect deeply with your Art!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!

xo,

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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!

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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!

xo,

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An Angel’s Wing

Hello there! What have you been up to?

Art seems to be pouring out of me and I can’t stop it! Nor do I want to! Working on the 100 faces project has really been very inspiring and I’m learning SO much!

I do love creating faces but it was nice this week to take a break from eyes, noses and mouths and work on a different piece for a dear friend…

Remember this one?

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Well…it got a little makeover…

My friend had me add an Angel’s wing to it…a brilliant idea!

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I was stunned to find that the wing fit her perfectly. So sweet!

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And then she took it home and put it right back up over the mantel. :)

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She loves it so much more now and I do too! I’m thinking I might have to do “Wing” series of works.

What have you been working on lately?

xo,

Ivy

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Abstract Art: A new challenge

Hi all! How’s life? I’m a little giddy right now because I just finished another piece of art.

This time, it was a LARGE (for me) piece of abstract art. The client (a dear friend) had a very specific color palette and she wanted it to feel very organic – no strong linear elements or sign of anything recognizable. Eeek!

You guys know my work…it’s detailed, mostly realistic and nothing even close to abstract. I hesitated when she asked me to do this project but agreed thinking it might be a fun challenge. She insisted that there was no rush. No deadline. That helped my nerves…somewhat.

Within the next couple of weeks, I ordered a large easel and gathered some supplies. Before you knew it, I had taken over our living room, setting up in the bay window to take advantage of the light.

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Sitting face to face with this large canvas I felt serious doubt. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing!? Pushing past the fear, I proceeded to get my paints on the palette. Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 2.08.44 PM

Almost mechanically, I began applying color slowly with control and then, as my logical mind excused itself from the room, my whole body relaxed. An art trance. Peaceful and serene, I trusted my hand.

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My hubby sneaked into the room and snapped this pic of me with his phone. I hardly noticed him. :)

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This was just one of the stages this painting went thru. It actually looks nothing like this now. I will share a pic of the finished piece next week after it is installed above my friend’s mantle.  She loves the finished piece and has already commissioned me to do another one! I couldn’t be more thrilled and humbled. Looks like I found a sweet patron for my passion. My fingers itch to begin the next project!

My lessons from all this –

1. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

2. Don’t let fear prevent you from growing.

3. Go outside the box and revel in the freedom.

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4.  Trust your gifts.

Try something new soon and feel the thrill of stretching beyond your own limits.

xo,

Ivy

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