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Online Photography Workshop – Camera Craft

Hello!

Happy Friday! On this gorgeous summer day, I’m excited to share with you that the lovely and talented Galia Alena asked me to be a contributing teacher to her new online Photography workshop – Camera Craft! Of course, I accepted!

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Here’s the workshop description straight from Galia…

Camera Craft is designed to help demystify your camera and the technical side of photography, empowering you to follow your inspiration, and make expressive and beautiful images. It is photography 101 and it is so much more. I want the participants to walk away feeling like they have enough of a grasp of the technical stuff that they can really let their creative voices sing. Between all the samples and the guest contributors you wont be able to help but be inspired.

I’m so very thrilled to be a part of this AMAZING course!

Photography, as many of you know, played a huge role in leading me back to my creativity. Essentially, it led me back to what I love – ART – and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful to this magical art form! The class will actually be divided into two 5 week modules – “The Art of Seeing” & “Into the Light”. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR BOTH.

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The Art of Seeing starts 31st of August

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Into the Light starts 26th of October

As a contributor, I will be sharing a few tutorials on some of my post-production editing, including a peek into how I edit photos on my iPhone! Super fun and addictive I assure you!

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Galia has an incredible line up of contributors including, Misty Mawn, Danielle Cohen, Stacy de la Rosa, Liz Lamoreux, Jeannette Le Blanc, Erin Faith Allen, Eileen West and Ashley Fincham!

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To learn more and sign up go here. If you happen to purchase from my link it would make my day too!

Thanks so much again for all your love and support!

xo,

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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.

xo,

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{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!

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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.

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Have a gorgeous day!

xo,

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Eating Lean & Green Cookbook

Hi there lovely people,

Okay, so I’m continuing my theme this week of celebrating the women around me and all the amazing things they are accomplishing!

Today, I wanted you to meet my dear friend, Katie Marreel! You know the friend that is just good at whatever she does…yeah that’s Katie! Creative, brilliant, kind, caring – you know that good to the core kinda person – well, Katie pretty much rocks and I feel super lucky to have had her in my life as a close friend and one of my best brain storming buddies!! Nothing better than another entrepreneurial girl to keep you going! So check this out…

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She has just launched her first cookbook and I couldn’t be more proud! Woo!!!

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I have witnessed her toil lovingly over this project for a looong time but the finished product is beyond gorgeous!! Go to her website to check out this beautifully written and photographed (by Katie herself) cookbook. Chock full of delicious, healthy recipes!

So you can get to know her a little better, I decided a little impromptu interview was in order! Just like her book, she’s bursting with great information and healthy tips for busy families and health minded individuals alike!

Okay here goes….So Katie…..

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What is your personal relationship like with food and fitness? (hint hint…tell us about your story. ;)

My story begins nearly 60 lbs. and 15 years ago with a quest to transform my body into something healthier. The first several years brought many new diets and exercise programs, some of which failed, and others that made their own small contribution to weight loss. Nothing, however, came close to achieving the ultimate goal.  Then I discovered the Medifast 5 & 1 Meal Plan© through Take Shape for Life©. With guidance from my physician, I followed the program and experienced radical results. I lost weight beyond my expectations and built an entirely new relationship with food. Six years later, I’m still maintaining a goal weight. Eating Lean & Green has become a way of life.

My relationship with food and fitness is always changing and growing. There are so many ideas from experts in the field, I find that I am always studying and learning as much as I can. 

When it comes to food, I have learned to think about it as fuel to power my body, and I find deep satisfaction in eating things that are nutritious.  Old emotional eating habits, using food as a reward and a comfort, continue to fade away as new healthier habits take over.  There is no reward sweeter than the satisfaction of having made the right choices!

Fitness is something I have always been passionate about, and I am dedicated to keeping it a regular part of life. I like to change it up and try new things. From yoga and strength training to running and tennis, I’m always keeping my body moving.  Although it can be exhausting in the moment, I know that it does so many healing and restorative things for our bodies. It’s worth every drop of sweat.

What was your inspiration in creating this cookbook?

As a person who has struggled with weight for most of my life, my inspiration comes from a deeply-rooted desire to help others on the same journey.  I am passionate about sharing healthy and nutritious meals that are also incredibly satisfying and delicious.  Losing weight doesn’t have to taste bad!

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What are your top three tips for incorporating healthy eating into your everyday family life?

#1:  Plan, plan, plan. It may not be the most fun task, but getting familiar with the nutritional value of your food and making a daily plan is the best thing you can to reach your goals.  I write down all the foods I plan to eat each day before I go to bed. If I’m going out to a restaurant, I will check out the menu online ahead of time and know ahead of time what I am going to order.

#2:  Don’t force it. Learning to be selective with your own foods while offering a few options for others will go a long way to getting them excited about being healthful. Forcing food choices on others will only drive them away from healthy eating.  Not everyone in my house eats on such a restrictive plan as I do, especially the kids who need more carbohydrates. The core of every dinner I cook is a healthy lean and green meal, but I will often serve a starch like beans or grains on the side to make it more satisfying for them. 

#3:  Make a daily habit. Whether you choose to read a book or magazine, listen to a podcast , or go online, spending an hour of time each day thinking about health and nutrition will make a big difference in your ability to incorporate healthy eating into your everyday life.  It will keep you focused and give you a better knowledge base to make wise decisions.

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What changes have you seen within your life and your families by implementing these healthy practices?

One noteworthy change has been in my own sense of identity and being comfortable with my body. Losing weight and maintaining it has brought a great deal of self-confidence and has opened the door to trying lots of new and exciting things in life that I might have been intimidated by otherwise.

The most exciting thing to see is the effect on people around me.  By living out a healthy lifestyle, I get to be an example for others who have a similar goal, but may have lost hope or gotten frustrated in the process.  My conversation often falls into the topics of health and nutrition because it’s something I get really excited about. I love getting to share new ideas about food that show people being healthful can also taste incredibly delicious. It’s a win win!

She’s inspiring right? Katie is so passionate about helping others live a healthier life!

Now don’t be shy…you can visit her at her website or Facebook too! Go say hi! ;)

Thanks for chatting with us Katie! You go girl!

xo,

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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!

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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,

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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!

xo,

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