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Art to Adore: Nancy Crawford

Hello friends,

How’s life been treating you? Well, I hope. I’ve been busy busy wrapping up filming for my latest class and planning some very exciting retreats…more info to come! ;)

However, I always try and sneak in time to find inspiring art videos on YouTube and I just have to share these with you! The following videos are done by a very talented encaustic artist who I greatly admire – Nancy Crawford. Her work is simple, yet sophisticated. Refined yet rustic.

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I love how she works the wax and her other mixed media materials! You guys know I’m hooked on encaustic wax so when I watched these I’m pretty sure I squealed with delight!

Nancy’s videos are quick and perfect for a speedy dose of inspiration!

Inspiring right?! She has so many great technique videos to really get you fired up! You can check her out on her website too!

Let me know if you try any of these techniques! I would love to hear how it goes!

Have a creative day!

Much love,







Images via www.nancycrawfordartist.com


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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

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Have a beautiful weekend!




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Winner of Let’s Face It Workshop Giveaway!

Hello my friends!

Oh my goodness! I got a little caught up in filming classes and neglected to announce the winner of the fabulous Let’s Face It online workshop giveaway! Registration opens TOMORROW! Don’t miss it!


So…with out further ado the winner is Suzy Norris! Congrats Suzy!

Thank you all who entered, left sweet comments and shared the news of the class online!

I’ll be bringing you some gorgeous artwork this week plus some of my favorite art books too! So keep an eye out in your inbox.

Okay back to work! I’m knee deep in Art History study!



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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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Camera Craft Giveaway Winner

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Camera Craft Giveaway! It’s going to be a fantastic class and I loved reading your comments!

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I wish I could get you all in for free but alas…I had to draw a winner! I’m so happy to announce that the winner is Serena Berry!

Congrats Serena! I know you will really enjoy this class and get so much from it! Your photography is already incredibly beautiful, so I am excited to see what you create as you emerge from this transformative workshop! Enjoy every minute!

I encourage those who entered to still sign up! You really don’t want to miss this one! Invest in your creativity!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Much love to you all.






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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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