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Summer Solstice Sale

Hello dear ones!

I hope life has been treating you well! We have been busy over here in my little home, celebrating birthdays and Father’s Day and TODAY is our 13th wedding anniversary! Woo! The longest and (most memorable day) of my life – so fitting for the Summer Solstice right?

To kick Summer off right we are having a 48 HR SALE on some of our best online ART workshops! Including my most recent class, Sacred Landscape which has been a huge success!

Are you ready to fill your long, light filled days with creativity?!

Enter Discount Code: SUMMER30 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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Happy Summer Creating! I’ll look forward to seeing you in class!



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Spring Art Auction

Hello there friends!

I hope you are all having a lovely Monday! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that tomorrow, I will be the featured artist in a big Facebook Art Auction! Go here to join in on the fun!

I will have over 36 pieces of my Artwork up for bidding including both originals and beautiful stretched canvas prints!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the pieces that will be up for sale…

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Red Petals on white

Red Petals on White, 2015 Digital Art

What Remains

What Remains, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas (PRINT)

Dark Waters

Dark Waters, 2015 Digital Art

Distant Dawn

Distant Dawn, 2015 Digtal Art

Paperboats at night

Paper Boats at Night, 2016 Mixed Media on Board

I would love to “see” you there! It’s a very fun crowd and the bidding wars can be downright entertaining!

Wish me luck!

Have a beautiful afternoon!




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Student Spotlight : Janet Reid

Hello there beautiful friends!

We are bathing in Spring sunlight here in Portland and it makes everyone a little giddy – me included! I’ve been super busy in the studio preparing for new classes and exploring lots of new techniques.

My students have also been busy bees – creating the most gorgeous art! I can’t even express how much joy that brings me! So much joy that I have decided to start sharing these amazing artists with you! I will begin to do periodic Student Spotlight posts so you can witness the talent and beauty emerging from these shining souls!

Today, I want to introduce you to Janet Reid!


Janet has been a long time student and Facebook friend. I admired her work immediately and have since, seen her grow and expand her talents in great strides. She has an innate ability to compose lyrical and poetic arrangements. Both her digital and traditional collages beg the viewer to look deeper and wonder at the symbolism and mystery within.


Janet ReidHide & Seek no. 5 – Digital Collage


Janet ReidPapillion – Encaustic Mixed Media Collage

I asked Janet a few questions so you guys can get to know her a little better – a peek into her beautiful mind and creative heart…

What inspires you?

Honestly….everything!  I am so lucky to live in a beautiful place–Santa Barbara–and all around me I see color, and texture, and composition just naturally occurring every day. I’m inspired by fellow artists, especially on Instagram.  Everyday I check my feed and feel like I’m being bathed in beauty and talent.  It’s like artistic nourishment.  And I’m inspired by the wonderful teachers I’ve been so fortunate to have recently and all the work I have seen that has been shared in class Facebook pages.  Ivy has been an invaluable part of my artistic journey. She is a true inspiration!

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Janet ReidInto – Encaustic Mixed Media Collage

What are you trying to express with your art?

Different things at different times.  Sometimes it’s a story or an idea I try to express visually.  Other times the art has “a mind of its own” and the concept or message becomes clear to me only after it’s finished or during the process itself.  That’s when it feels magical.  Being a mixed media artist gives me a lot of freedom to work both abstractly and figuratively and at times to combine the two.  What I hope gets expressed is the joy I feel when I am doing it.  Right now, my work with encaustic collage is like a dream come true.

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Janet ReidWillful Disobedience – Digital Collage

How do you deal with your inner critic and trust your creative instincts?

Oh, that little voice….usually I can silence her by just continuing.  Sometimes, I will hear her say, “Ok, that was a failure,” but I’ve come to almost welcome that point.  That’s when I give up trying to make something work and just see what will happen–the “I have nothing to lose” feeling.   Many times something even more wonderful comes out of that moment–the giving in.  Trusting my instincts has become a learned process.  My advice to anyone who struggles with this is to simply keep working, keep creating.  Try to do something creative each and every day–a snapshot with your phone or a full blown painting–it doesn’t matter.  Just keep looking and seeing.


Janet ReidWinter Flight – Encaustic Mixed Media collage

(I’m the proud owner of this one! I love seeing it hanging in my studio.)


Janet ReidWinter – Encaustic Mixed Media Collage

This is only a small sampling of Janet’s stunning work. Please check out her Etsy store! It’s a visual delight! Other places to connect with Janet – Facebook & Instagram (her feed is YUMMY!).

I hope you have enjoyed viewing Janet’s work and stay tuned for more Student Spotlight posts!

As always, thank you for your love and support!




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Art to Adore

Happy Friday my readers!

Hope you have some lovely plans for the weekend! I’m actually going to go see Madonna!! Eeek! Kinda a childhood dream so I’m a little giddy! Anyway, before I break out in my Vogue dance…I wanted to share some more gorgeous bird themed artworks! I’ve been working non stop on my Flight & Feather  online workshop so yes, I have birds on the brain….big time!

Enjoy these beautiful and inspiring creations….and go visit these artists’ galleries of work.


Evening by Jeanie Tomanek


Introspection by Alexandra Douglass


Paperbirds by Steven Kenny


Danielle O’Brien


Lynn Watt

6a1a31ac35f62206b8d3fe2006820744Fly me to Paris by Christian Schloe

Have a beautiful weekend!




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Paint & Pixels Student Art – Week One

Hi there and Happy Friday!

I hope this email finds you well and that your week has been lovely!

It’s been a little nutty around here assisting over 200 students in the online Paint & Pixels classroom but it’s been absolute joy and pleasure to guide these creative individuals into the world of iPad ART!

In Week One, we’ve been studying form, line, sketching from life, drawing a face, exploring the charcoal brushes and MORE! We are so incredibly impressed with the art that is coming out of this class!

Some people are drawing for the very first time and being so brave while others are more experienced but are still reveling in the discovery of creating on their iPad.

Take a peek at our student’s Art!

Paint & Pixels Week One Student Work

Artists from top left: MIchele Gilmer, Lisa Cirenza, Janet Reid, Eva-Britt Oderhem Lie, Geri Centonze, Janet Reid, Angela Kennedy, Michele Gilmer, Kirsi Koste, Sharon Grimley and Jessica Tan

There is still time to join the class but only barely – 3 MORE DAYS – and then we close the classroom door on September 21st.  We still have a seat saved for you so don’t miss this opportunity to create in a whole new way! Remember, you get lifetime access to the classroom and videos once you register so you can go at your own pace. Click the button below to learn more and register.


Have a fantastic weekend!



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Mobile Art to Adore and countdown to Paint & Pixels!

Hello lovelies!

How is everyone? Things around here are quieter (the kiddos are back in school) but we are busier than ever – much to my delight! I adore being able to work from home and actually do what I LOVE too! So much gratitude!

You guys know I love to share Art with you and today I have a special treat because both Robin and I have curated some amazing Mobile Art for you to admire! (Just a little side note, in case you are unfamiliar – Mobile Art is Art created exclusively on a mobile device including iPhones, Androids and tablets.)

With our Paint & Pixels Workshop only 5 short days away we couldn’t resist showing you just how gorgeous Mobile Art can be with a collection of 3 of our favorite Mobile Artists!


the nostalgic beauty of Janet Reid’s creations….

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the surreal and atmospheric effects of the talented Bobbi McMurry


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and finally the mysterious delight of Erika C. Brothers‘ images…

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Pretty amazing right?! Seriously, the Mobile Art movement is incredibly exciting and we love being a part of it! We are also super duper lucky to have some of these artists joining us in the Paint & Pixels classroom too! Talk about honored!

Do you ever use your phone or tablet to create? If not…think about checking it out. Remember…I believe everyone is creative…you don’t have to be an “artist” to create and exploring on your mobile devices is a perfect place to experiment and play with photography, art and expression!



P.S. There is still time to join us in the Paint & Pixels workshop…remember registration closes September 21st. Click here to learn more and register.


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