Tag Archives: color

Angels Among Us – An Online Mixed Media Workshop

Hello dear readers!

I’ve been so grateful for the support of my latest online classes and workshops! Thank you so much for all your sharing, love and participation!

I’m constantly amazed by this generous, creative online community! So…this week I wanted to celebrate some of the women around me and spread the word about the awesome stuff they are doing!

Today, I wanted to share about a fantastic online workshop with an incredible line up of teachers hosted by the talented Kara Bullock! Check out the Angels Among Us Workshop!

11668042_363597367183208_878447607_n

10295266_358499481026330_6273560033371658927_oWhat a great group of instructors right? I’ve “met” many of these ladies online and their work is truly lovely! To learn more about the class go here or click the image above.

Gotta send out a special thank you to Angela Kennedy who has not only been an amazing participant in my classes but a wonderful cheerleader too! Thanks Angela! Go see Angela’s gorgeous artwork here.

Wishing you ladies great success with this beautiful workshop!

xo,

static1.squarespace.com

1 Comment

Filed under Art, Art friends, Art lessons, classes, creativity

An Art Playdate with Jane Davenport

Hello friends,

Hope your Summer is off to a fabulous start! As you know I’ve been super busy with my two online classes! It’s been such a rewarding experience to build these and launch them! Thank you for all your support!

So, I’m gonna do a bit of a flashback to April when I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Ms. Jane Davenport! Out of the blue she contacted me via Facebook and told me she would be in Portland in the Springtime! She would be visiting with her friend Diana Rast and we immediately made plans to have a little Art Playdate!

art playdateMy dear friend Robin helped me prepare the studio for the event! Thanks Robin!

IMG_3428 IMG_3493 Of course I wanted everything to be perfect!

We started the morning with fresh coffees and some laughs! Jane and Diana were both totally adorable and so much fun!

I felt so lucky to host them!

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 1.36.31 PM

Then we headed to the studio to get a jump start on the project I had planned for the day! We were going to be doing mixed media collages and paintings on plaster and then using encaustic wax on top! Fun fun!

art play dateJane had to get an antler selfie!  ;)Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 1.36.44 PMWe had a beautiful lunch on the lake!

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.16.37 PM

IMG_3500Then back to the studio to finish up! Jane and Diana both completed beautiful pieces!

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 1.37.00 PM

IMG_3506It was such an amazing day! Thank you Jane and Diana for coming to spend the day with me!

On that note…I must share with you Jane’s latest online workshop!

It’s all about the beautiful art of Figure Drawing! Jane’s lyrical line work and bold colors make for striking and graceful figurative work! Plus, with her background in fashion illustration she has tips and tricks you don’t want to miss!!

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.20.25 PMCheck out this great promo video for the class…

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.21.05 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.20.41 PMLooks so fabulous right? Go sign up here.

Okay my creative friends…I’m back to work!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Leave a comment

Filed under Art, Art friends, Art lessons, classes, collage, creativity

Painted hands, happy heart.

Hi lovely people,

The last week of summer is upon us and the Newport household is ramping up for school. I’m ready. Grace is ready. It’s time.

Back to routines, early nights and homework but the calming rhythm of each day helps me be more productive and less scattered. I’m looking forward to that!

I will be launching a new website, complete with those photo lessons that I mentioned in the last post plus much, much more! I’ve truly committed to making Art the focus of my career and it feels really good!

On those rare, beautiful days this summer when I was able to get my hands dirty and create – those were my happiest days! Sharing that with the girls has been so special too.

girls and me painting

When Mommy is happy, everyone is happy right? Even though at times I had to push aside the laundry or let those dishes sit in the sink a while longer, I found that when I made Art, it made me feel alive! It gave me energy and a giddiness that was contagious with my family.

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.09.26 PM

My most recent work, began with a flurry of paint, collaged paper and stencils. I have really enjoyed developing these layered backgrounds to begin the piece. I’m also kinda loving the larger canvas! This one is 24″ x 30″. Big for me, as many of you know!Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.15 PM

Here are some close ups of the canvas…Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.25 PM

Then came the girls. Three sisters was my first idea. Not that I have sisters but I love the concept of the three Graces so that’s where I started from…Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.35 PM

As I worked on it one afternoon, Grace strolled in and said, “Oh Mommy! I love it! It’s us!”

I turned, about to correct her when I looked at it again.

As if to explain herself she pointed to each girl. “This is you, at the top because you are the Mommy and you are protecting us. That’s why your eyes are open. The next girl is me because I am the older sister and I have brown hair and the littlest girl is Claire because she has blond hair and she is the youngest.”

I stood back, amazed at her perception and how I had completely missed it!!

She went on to say, “And the flowers that come up from the bottom are about us growing up into women.”

I was completely blown away. My 8 year old little art critic had just analyzed my piece before I had even the inkling of its meaning.

I smiled at her and said, “I think you are absolutely right!”

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 5.40.44 PM

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 5.41.04 PM

So the three Graces became me and my girls and I’m perfectly happy with that!  It now hangs in my studio, right next to my desk and serves as a wonderful reminder of my connection to my sweet daughters and how very important my job is as their mother and protector.

So what have you been up to creatively this summer? I would love to hear!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

11 Comments

Filed under Art, creativity, intuitive painting, mixed media, painting

I made a little movie for you…

Hello dear readers! How’s life?

Summer is zipping by and the chaos is evident all over the house…from the torn up closets, dripping bathing suits, half unpacked suitcases and the mounds of laundry I can’t keep up with but you know what? I’m over it. Life is crazy so why fight it? I’m trying to do the best I can and just stay sane!

Speaking of chaos – check out what I’ve done to my dining room! ha! Yup…Mama needed more ART SPACE! ;) You might be noticing the odd contraption I have set up here….well….

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.35.31 PM

here’s the news – I’ve finally decided (gotten brave enough) to start filming my creative process so I can begin to offer online classes and tutorials. Sharing my passion and love for Art through teaching seems like the natural next step to take. A little fact you may not know about me – I was an Art teacher at a Montessori school in Texas, in fact I created the Art Program there since they didn’t have one! It was amazing teaching the children and since we are all a bit like kids around paint, I figure I should transition to teaching adults okay right? ;)

Anyway, here is a sneak peek at the first video…the full length, teaching video is still in post production but should be ready soon! The full video will show my creative process as I work through an Intuitive Painting. You will get to watch as I create a piece from start to finish. I have no plan when I sit down to paint (that’s where the intuition bit comes in) – just a palette of 5 or 6 colors to start with and a blank canvas! I will show you many techniques and tips as I journey through the work with you. I’m SO excited and scared but I hope you will enjoy this first little snippet. I’ve never done editing or filming before so I’ve got a ways to go! Enjoy!

Intuitive Painting from Ivette Newport on Vimeo.

Let me know your thoughts and I look forward to presenting you with the full video very soon!

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 2.39.10 PM

Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I couldn’t have started on this path without you guys!

Sending you lots of love,

Ivy

 

 

16 Comments

Filed under Art, Art lessons, creativity, intuitive painting, Learning, painting, videos

Intuitive Painting

Hi everyone. Hope you are all doing really well!

Okay…so, show of hands…who was looking forward to summer so badly? Couldn’t wait for the kids to be out of school…have things slow down a bit…enjoy the lack of rushed mornings and packed lunches. Sound familiar? Yeah…I was there too and now I’m kinda feeling overwhelmed/annoyed juggling a smattering of camps, all in different locations, a bored kid (when camp is over), running around like a taxi and basically having a complete lack of a schedule. Makes me a little on edge – especially when all I want to do is paint!

Now, don’t get me wrong. We’ve had a great summer so far. Got to take a few trips and make some memories with the kids but I guess I’m just a creature who likes rhythm. A consistency to each day that I can count on.

So…to soothe my nerves I’ve been spending a lot of time (when I can slip away) with my art books and journal. I’ve been incredibly inspried by Tracy Verdugo’s new book – “Paint Mojo“. Her work really speaks to me and feels so authentic and organic. You must check it out. She creates most of her work by way of Intuitive Painting, also called Expressive Painting, Soul Painting or Source Painting. Wondering what that is exactly? Well… I found this wonderful definition via here.

The medium of expressive painting exercises your creativity without concern for the results, develops greater trust in your intuition, expands your sense of freedom and possibility, and gives you a way to fearlessly explore unknown aspects of yourself.

I know it sounds a little woo woo…but I’m okay with that and let me tell you – it’s pure magic! Scary? Hell yeah. Exciting? Definitely. It is most of all – surprising! Surprising to see what unfolds in your Art, what forms arise and symbols come up.

This isn’t communing with any kind of spirit or anything like that. It’s just getting in touch with your inner self and removing the Ego, the BS, you know – all the junk that gets in the way – and letting all the beauty of your soul pour out onto your canvas. And sometimes that beauty can be kinda ugly at first and that’s ok. As you move through the work, it transforms. Remember, this kind of Art is not about the end product but rather the simple act of creating. I’ve done two works so far using this technique and they are really so different than anything I’ve ever made.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.34.12 PM

This first attempt at making a background was tons of fun! Lots of scraping, stenciling, splattering and other fun paint verbs…

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.34.35 PM

Lots of layers, symbols and imagery came as I worked on this piece. I would often walk away when my mind would pause and then I would wander back as more images flooded in.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.34.48 PM

This was my second Intuitve Painting back ground. Added some scraps of vintage paper to this one.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.35.03 PM

These images came thru stronger, resulting in a more striking composition. I was braver with this one and I think you can see and feel that. Loved working in such vibrant colors even though it isn’t my typical palette. Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.35.17 PM

I can’t wait to do more!!

Anyway, if you are in a creativity rut I highly recommend Tracy’s book or just pull out the Art books you already own and visit with them.

When you are ready…grab a canvas, leave your logical mind behind and let the paint flow! Be brave, trust your hand, your eyes and most importantly your heart!

Let me know if anyone gives it a go! I would love to see what you come up with! Feel free to shoot me an email with your images. It would be fun to feature some of your Intuitive Art on the blog!

Sending you all lots of love.

xo,

Ivy

P.S. Okay just found this amazing video from the amazing Intuitive artist – Flora Bowley…check it out. So beautiful!

 

 

 

11 Comments

Filed under Art, Books, creativity, intuitive painting, Learning, mixed media, painting

Etsy Love: RiverLuna

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve brought you some gorgeous, art inspiration so here’s a healthy dose of beauty from the amazing Etsy shop: RiverLuna. Artist, Marisa Redondo creates these magical, nature inspired illustrations, full of intricate pattern and rich hues. I’m a huge fan! Now to decide which one to order…hmm.

Here are some of my favorites…

il_fullxfull.618322123_1jb4

il_fullxfull.520050412_768r

il_fullxfull.618258359_6bnu

il_fullxfull.487780148_j289

il_fullxfull.618238931_5p2z
il_fullxfull.586949764_66ly   etsy * blog * twitter * facebook

After much debate, I just couldn’t resist these sweet owls for my Gracie. Can’t wait to hang it up in her room!

Go explore her wonderful collection of work – her blog is a delight too! Such talent!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

8 Comments

Filed under Art, creativity, Etsy, favorite things, nature, painting