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Online Mixed Media Workshop – Shades of White

Hello there!

I hope your Monday morning is going well! I was up with the birds and on my second cup of coffee already! Yes, I’m a little excited because today I’m launching my very last class for 2015!

Shades of White ButtonLet me fill you in…

Come join me for this one week Online Mixed Media workshop where we explore the beauty and subtlety of white and neutrals! When we strip away color – texture, contrast and ultimately design and composition come to the forefront. We will focus on these artistic aesthetics as we complete three beautifully unique projects:

  • A “Zen Abstract” Encaustic Wax Collage using vintage and handmade papers with a focus on balance, simplicity, unity and tranquility.
  • A beautiful “Woman in White” Portrait, inspired by Whistler’s painting “Symphony of White I” using acrylic paint and soft chalk pastels while exploring a multitude of milky hues and lessons on drawing the face and figure.
  • A “White Horses on the Horizon” landscape painting incorporating, pattern, texture and finally cold wax to create a dreamy finish.

Shades of White collage

I’m beyond thrilled to share these projects with you! Plus, these creations would make amazing gifts for your loved ones! Just in time for the holidays!

Read more about the class* and register here! Classroom opens Dec 1**.


*As with my last class, there will a limited number of seats and registration will close once it fills to maximum occupancy.

**You will have lifetime access to the classroom so if you are too busy this December then tuck this one away to do after the holidays. A perfect way to decompress!

Have a beautiful, creative week!

With much love and gratitude,



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Let’s Face It: Inspired by Portraits

Hello creative friends!

How is your week treating you? I hope all is well in your world.

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been a little obsessed lately…and not just with Art in general but in particular – Portraiture! I’ve always loved drawing faces but recently its become a daily practice of pushing myself, striving for more accuracy, expression and depth. I’m exploring techniques and mediums like never before and after I complete one face I quickly begin another.

All this energy has sprung forth for a couple of reasons…but the MAIN one is because I accepted an opportunity to teach on the Let’s Face It Online workshop! This year has been about growth, so I’ve said YES to the wonderful doors that are opening to me! However, I had no idea what an impact this would have on my own deep desire to hone my skills and better my practice as an Artist.

Here is some of the work I’ve been doing to prepare to teach this class

It started with black and white charcoal studies…






and has now led me to color too…looks like I’m a teensy bit in LOVE with my new Sennelier Soft Pastels!!!



I’m enjoying the feeling of a challenge and there is nothing better than feeling yourself expand! This class will be so wonderful. I do hope you will join me and the other talented teachers for this fantastic Portraiture class!

I can’t wait to share some of my own techniques and creative processes! Click here to learn more! Don’t miss out of the early registration price too! It ends Dec.1st!




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Flight & Feather Round Two

Hello there!

Hope you are all doing well! We survived Halloween and even managed to donate most of the candy, leaving us with a more reasonable stash. My kids disagree but seriously – there is only so much candy one needs lying about! Now, as for art supplies – that’s another story! One can never have too much as far as I’m concerned! ;)

Speaking of art, I’m so excited to share just some of the gorgeous student work from the first week of Flight & Feather! My students never cease to amaze and inspire me!

student work week one with text

From top left, Jan Blencowe, Gillian Bowditch-Cooper, Dee Vlasak, Liz Deck, Alissa Millsap and Karen Harrington

This first class sold out very quickly and with a healthy wait list, I have now opened up registration for a second session with the classroom opening on Nov. 9th!

Go here to learn more and register or simply click the button below! I am limiting my class size again, so now’s the time to join us bird/art lovers for this two week mixed media and encaustic class with lifetime access!


Here’s a little sneak peek at just a some of the projects we will be doing…

flight and feather projects

I look forward to seeing you in class!

Keep creating and have a beautiful week!




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Hello sweet readers!

How are you? It’s a rainy Monday here in Portland and the leaves are falling but what a great time to cozy up and get down to some serious art making!

Many of you know, I will be a teacher in next year’s Lifebook and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This amazing class is a year of gorgeous art lessons with a focus on self-healing and self-reflection! Talk about a fabulous way to kick off 2016 right?!


As a very special treat – the incredibly generous Tamara Laporte has offered up a completely FREE lesson for you to get a taste of what Lifebook has to offer!

Go here to watch the FREE in-depth lesson! It’s a good one with 4 videos plus a PDF file! It will only be up for a limited time so go check it out! It goes through Tam’s entire process of collage and then painting over collage to create a beautiful and whimsical piece.


If you love it and I really think you will…then come on back and sign yourself up for this life-changing course!

You can find more info about the workshop here.

Hope you guys enjoy this free class!



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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!

Flight & Feather with text

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!

flight and feather collage

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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