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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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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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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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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.



{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!

Student Work with text

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!


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.


Have a gorgeous day!




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