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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…


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.


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!




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Flight & Feather – A New Online Mixed Media and encaustic workshop

Hi there friends!

Hope your week is off to a great start! The Fall weather here has been outstanding and we even managed to get out to the Oregon wine country and picnic with the kids this weekend! We happen to have some lovely friends who have a beautiful vacation rental home out there that I got to help decorate! Very fun to juice up the ole’ interior designer brain that doesn’t get much use anymore!

Anyway, I have some seriously exciting news to share! I have just opened up registration for my new online mixed media and encaustic workshop – Flight & Feather!

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This two week online workshop will explore the magic, grace and beauty of birds! When I look around my studio, I notice how many bird images and sweet stray feathers I have lying about. Birds appear in my work all the time, so I was inspired to create a class all about them!

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We will be completing 4 main projects and several studies and exercises. These creations would make beautiful gifts for loved ones and friends for the upcoming holiday season too!

I made a little video so you can hear more about it…

Things that we will cover in the workshop:

  • A guided tour of Birds in Art throughout history
  • Bird symbolism and mythology
  • Creating bird sketches with ink and charcoal on vintage papers
  • A study of drawing feathers and wings
  • Bird poetry inspired art journal spread
  • How to set up your encaustic wax
  • A bird/woman metamorphosis portrait collage
  • Feather & Wax Collage
  • Landscape/Bird collage with wax, oil sticks and gold leaf

This class is a must for anyone who loves birds and ART!  

I really enjoy guiding and communicating with my students, so I will only be taking a limited number. Registration will close when the classroom reaches maximum occupancy. 


For more info and to register please click the button below.


I look forward to seeing you in class!






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FREE Mixed Media Art Journaling Video

Hello my creative friends!

How’s the week treating you so far? I meant to get this to you yesterday but I’m afraid I got a little tied up wrapping the videos for the Paint & Pixels Online Workshop! I’m SO excited for class to begin! Not too much longer now…Sept 14th! If you haven’t checked out the info on this Mixed Media & iPad Art class yet…go here for more info.

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So anyways…today is my birthday and in the theme of celebration, I wanted to give you a special treat! I’ve made a lovely FREE  Mixed Media Art Journaling Video for you – documenting my creation of the spread below. It’s full of teaching and tips to get you creating in your art journal too! Plus, my little studio kitten, Leo makes an appearance. He is quite the art admirer. ;)

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I’ve been exploring Art journaling recently and it’s been so enjoyable. What a wonderful way to explore, experiment and play all within my beautiful vintage ledger.

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To go watch to the video go here.

Please do share your creations too! I would love to see what you guys make! Feel free to join my student group on Facebook and start connecting with other creative souls!

Hope you enjoy the video!





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Art to Adore: Maria Pace-Wynters

Hi there!

How is everyone!? Been uber busy around here with family visitors, summer camps and filming for my latest online Art classes!

However, amongst the chaos I try to make time to be quiet and still, so I can reflect on how this amazing life is unfolding. (I’m trying to learn how to meditate – not easy for me!)

One of the other things I absolutely love to do to unwind is to peruse Pinterest and Instagram for new art to love on. My latest ART crush is on the work of the amazingly talented, mixed media artist – Maria Pace-Wynters.

Gah!! Her work is just drop dead gorgeous. Vibrant colors, lyrical line work and angelic faces! Here have a look…

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She also has a lovely Etsy shop! I just HAD to acquire a few of her prints!

Okay lovelies…gotta get back to work! Hope you enjoyed looking at these! So very inspiring!

Much love to you all.



{all images via Maria Pace-Wynters}


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Mixed Media & Encaustic Workshop : Student Work

Hello there!

How is everyone? Hope all is well! I’m coming to you today to share some of my student’s work from my Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes Mixed Media & Encaustic Workshop!

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I’m a bit of a proud Mama when it comes to my students – so I just have to share these with you! I’ve made up these little collages since there is just so much good work coming out of these amazing ladies!

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Artists Top Right: Camilla Olsson‎, Angela Kennedy / Bottom Right: Kathryn Sellers Bunn‎, Géraldine Deleuze‎

Many of them have never used Encaustics or Oils but they are diving in, creating gorgeous pieces and expanding their techniques! Love that! It takes guts to try something new!


Artists Top Right:Karen Duvel Campbell, Cindi Craig-Plasters / Bottom Right: Monique van Bekkum, Su Ricketts Gould

What I love even more, is that within our Facebook classroom group they all help each other out, supporting and encouraging one another! It’s really a beautiful thing to witness. The online creative community never ceases to amaze me and I feel so lucky to have these talented women be a part of my workshop.

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Artists Top Right:Pamela Rae Reopelle Speight, Debbie Davis‎ / Bottom Right: Géraldine Deleuze‎, Jane McMahon Lazenby‎

The other part of this whole experience that just blows me away is how women from all over the world are collectively learning and creating for this class! From Australia to Maylasia to the Netherlands and of course right here in the USA. It’s so damn cool! The internet really has made this world so small!

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Artists Top Right: Linda Schwerdt Gorton‎, Victoria Lutz / Bottom Right: Karen Duvel Campbell‎‎, Jennifer Albin‎‎

Thank you to all my current students! Your creativity, generosity and talent is a constant inspiration to me! I’m honored to have the opportunity to be your teacher.

I’d love to have you come create with us too! If you missed the sign up, don’t worry you can join anytime! The class is entirely self paced with lifetime access.

You can click below to learn more and register.


Have a gorgeous day!




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A mini Mixed Media Project!

Hello my creative friends!

How’s life been treating you? We have been having crazy hot weather for Portland so I’m living in long flowy summer dresses and sipping lots of iced coffee! I hope your summer or winter (depending on your corner of the world) is going well!

So some of you may have seen my “teaser” image that I shared a little while ago on Instagram…well I’m finally ready to let the cat out of the bag. ;)

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I’m excited to announce a new Mini Mixed Media Project class that I just opened up! It’s called the “Wing It” project! This will be the first in a series of projects that will be set at a very affordable price and geared towards those who may not want to commit to a full class but are yearning for a fun, approachable, creative project to do in a day!

Why don’t I just let you watch this quick video to learn more…

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For a while now, I’ve been a little bit in love with wings! Okay, A LOT in love! Since taking a beautiful class by Danielle Donaldson where she did a wing-themed lesson, I can’t stop obsessing over the magical shape of a bird’s wing. Such a beautiful balance of exquisite engineering and graceful beauty!

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I’ve done several paintings of wings, both small and large and I’ve finally figured out an easy, step by step way for ANYONE to create a wing painting!

So if you love wings as much as I do…come on over to my site to learn more, register and join me in the classroom!





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