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Artist Inspired : Juna Biagioni

Hi friends,

I hope your week is going well! I, for one am feeling a little overwhelmed BUT in the best way possible! I’m basically bursting at the seams with inspiration! It seems to be coming in at every angle. Each day, I awake a little more excited to begin the day and swim through this sea of creativity – desperately trying to keep my head above water!

I can’t seem to learn fast enough or create quickly enough! The days slip by while my head is down, my hand in constant motion. Drawing and creating like a kid with a new box of crayons. It’s dizzying, bewildering, exhilarating and yes, at times a bit terrifying! This is how creativity seems to work…at least for me and the best thing I can do is share it right? Spread this crazy energy around before it consumes me!

So today, I am doing just that! I have recently discovered a new artist to me. What a gift when this happens! Her name is Juna Biagioni and her techniques of creating mixed media portraits are…well…enchanting!


I couldn’t stop watching her videos, so I wanted to share them with you!

This first one is beyond beautiful…

This is another gorgeous creation! Don’t you love her mark making and use of color! Divine!!

Please do go visit Juna and explore her lovely site! She has an online portrait class coming up that you know I will be taking!! She is also a fellow guest teacher with me in the Let’s Face It Portrait class as well as the online mixed media workshop – Love Art Happy Life.

What a delight to discover yet another wonderful teacher to keep the creative community flourishing and my own creativity flowing! Thank you Juna for so generously offering these free videos that surely have inspired so many!

I hope you guys enjoy these!




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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!

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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…

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I look forward to seeing you in class!

Keep creating and have a beautiful week!




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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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My Artwork from Katie Kendrick’s Seattle Workshop

Hi there!

Hope everyone got through Monday! Wow, what a whirlwind with Lifebook 2016 opening plus my blog hop with Let’s Face it! Geez! I have really filled up my 2016 teaching schedule and you know what? I like it like that! :)

However, I never got the chance to fill you in on how my weekend away at Katie Kendrick’s amazing workshop went…

Well, it was…as expected – transformative, revealing, emotional, joyous and powerful. Yeah, it was that good!

Here is a pic of one of Katie’s work in progress…


Katie has an exquisite energy that resonated through all in attendance. She truly provided a grounded, meditative and safe place for us to unfurl, explore and simply be present with our creations. Her instruction and deep intention for us was to “Empty ourselves of everything.” She handed out slips of paper with these words boldly typed. I taped mine to my easel as a reminder.


This class was focused on intuitive, expressive work on larger scale canvases. Larger than most of us were comfortable working on (including me)!

My large canvas stared at me blankly and I stared back. I hesitated but with Katie’s gentle guiding the class moved into action as we began making marks with graphite or charcoal using our non-dominate hand. Random marks, whatever felt right or not right…it didn’t matter. Just keep moving! She said more than once “Keep your brain in your hand!” I loved this and reminded myself of this when my critical mind would interrupt the flow.

Before long images began to form…I followed them…without judgement or expectation.

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Ancient faces, native and wild, feathers, orbs, tangled tree roots…these gradually came to life on the canvas. I stayed present as best I could…allowing the creativity to just be. Pure and unchained by my own insecurities. It was really an amazing experience. My soul had been waiting for this opportunity.

The Feathered Ones

Here is the finished piece. I still don’t completely understand what part of me created this…but I have a deep attachment to it. I named it “The Feathered Ones”. This piece was done using charcoal and acrylic paint.

Now, I could have packed up my stuff and gone home a happy camper but the first day was only half done! Yes, I worked rather fast! I couldn’t help it.

So, I picked up a large piece of heavy paper and began the process again…

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one with deer

This lovely lady and her three deer arrived rather quickly. Their shapes almost forming from each other. This one I have called “Awinita”. I used charcoal, ink and acrylic paint.

Exhausted by the time I had finished her and thankful as Day One came to a blissful close.

Bright and early the next day we began our grounding meditation, followed by more creative exercises. I had one last large canvas that needed tending to! I was determined to create one more finished piece!

This one was a rather emotional, it went through several twists and turns. Most of which, surprised and even alarmed me.

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the king's son

Finally arriving at a place where I felt it was complete…I entitled it “The King’s Son”. Done with charcoal, ink, acrylic paint and collage.

I gotta tell you that when I somehow morphed the male figure into a big black bird I was a little freaked out. The woman standing next to me asked me if I was ok…I think I must have looked shocked…or something. I hadn’t expected that, yet I knew it was exactly right.

Here are some details from the piece.

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Okay…so I know that was kinda a long post but I just had to share this incredible experience with you. If you ever get the chance to take a class with Katie do it! Be ready to really challenge yourself and connect deeply with your Art!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!




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Painting Workshop with Katie Kendrick

Hello there!

How is everyone’s week going? My goodness, thank you very much for all the great comments on my previous post about Lifebook 2016! So exciting!

Today, I have to share how thrilled I am to be attending an amazing Abstract and Expressionist painting retreat this weekend in Seattle! Two days of delicious painting with the fabulous Katie Kendrick!!! Eeeek!

Katie Kendrick

Have you guys seen her work? It’s so intuitive, layered and well…gorgeous. Look at all that heavenly texture!

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So beautiful right!? I’ve got two huge canvases that I will be driving up there with. Hopefully they will come home painted with something I love! I’ll keep you posted.

All these images via Katie’s website and her Pinterest board….go take a peek and feast your eyes!



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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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