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3 Must Read Books

Hello there!!

How is everyone? I wanted to pop into today and let you know a couple of things! First off – Trina and I are so, so excited that we ONLY have ONE more spot left at ArtWorthy 2016!

We are over the moon happy and so grateful for the beautiful souls who have signed up to join us for this special long weekend! If you have been sitting on the fence, now is the time to snap up this spot! With a private gourmet chef, yoga, meditation, EFT sessions and loads of ART making you won’t want to miss out! Valentine’s just around the corner so treat yourself to some SELF LOVE!

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Ok, so I also wanted to tell you about three FAB books that I want to recommend!

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This book literally changed me! Literally. If you haven’t read it yet. Do. It. Now.

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This fabulous book was gifted to me by the lovely Trina and I ate it up! Full of wit and several laugh out loud moments – you will love this quick read about empowering your life with that sweet little word YES!

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And last but not least, this book knocked my artsy little socks off! Building creative confidence is not only powerful, it may radically change your existence! My belief that we are all creative beings is the cornerstone of this book and unearthing that creativity is not only your RIGHT it is your DUTY! Hiding those gorgeous gifts from the world is a major bummer for everyone!

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I adore the little trailer for this book too! Check it out…

Okay, those are fresh off my stack of books! Check them out and let me know how they affect you I would love to hear about it!

Much love and gratitude to you all!

xo,

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Art to Adore: Lifebook 2016 Students

Hi there!

Happy Thursday! It’s always a fun day for me because it’s Studio Day with my art buddy, Robin Laws. We are going to be watching Katie Kendrick videos from her new online class and painting away!

So far, 2016 has been a whirlwind with many new classes that I am both taking and teaching for. One of which is Lifebook. This amazing class has over 2900 students all actively creating beautiful work. You should see my Facebook feed! While it is hard to keep up with, I am absolutely in love with all the art that flows through it from such talented students.

My bonus lesson for Lifebook aired on Jan. 4th and it was called “Patch it up, Make it Shine”. The thought behind the tutorial was to write down limiting or negative beliefs and thoughts that we want to leave behind in 2015 and then collage and paint over these words with gorgeous metallics, powerful intentions and more illuminated imagery to light our path into 2016. I have been absolutely blown away by the pieces that have come from this project.

I have gathered a few of the ones that truly touched me with their beauty….enjoy….

Suzanne Diersing Kelly

Suzanne Marie Kelly

Alissa Millsap

Alissa Millsap

Catherine Randall

Catherine Randall

Sanela Sinikovic

Sanela Sinikovic

Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

Victoria Engholm

Victoria Engholm

Aren’t they just gorgeous? Such unique styles with shimmering details and personal meaning. I feel so lucky to be a teacher!

What intentions are you setting to light up your 2016?

xo,

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A New Year full of creativity

Hello my creative friends! Happy Friday!

I hope your New Year is off to a beautiful start!

This is just a quick reminder that the Shades of White classroom is opening back up on Monday. We have a few more spots open if you want to jump in. This best selling Mixed Media class focuses on the subtlety of color and the power of composition. Registration will close on Monday or when we reach maximum occupancy so don’t miss out on this one! It’s a favorite!

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Other exciting news – I’m going to be introducing a series of Á la carte classes! These will be pulled from my workshops and will stand alone as single projects. A fabulously affordable way to fill your afternoon with a new project or simply try out something new!

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Keep an eye out for a the full Á la carte menu of creative classes coming SOON!

Okay – one last bit of love. You guys know I love encaustics and I also love learning new techniques. Nancy Crawford is a talented encaustic artist and she makes great little tutorial videos. In this one she uses pan pastels with her encaustics and I just love the look. I had to try it myself. Here is a pic of my own work incorporating this technique…

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Keep creating and have a wonderful weekend!!

 

Much love,

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Art to Adore: Dominique Fortin

Good morning!

I haven’t done Art to Adore in a while and a weekend is always a good time to get a dose of inspiration right!?

So lately, I’ve been completely in love with the work of Dominique Fortin. Her artwork has a beautiful sense of innocence and wonder. Many of these images are of her daughter too which adds such a intimate quality. I also adore her limited palette. She has a fantastic balance of contrast and color. Her work is both delicate and bold! Love that!

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Beautiful right? Go visit her website to see more of her exquisite work. Now, go create something that makes your heart happy.

Much love to you.

xo,

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**All images by Dominique Fortin**

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Outlander Art Retreat: Scotland

Hello my friends!

I do hope you are well and that the holiday season is treating you kindly. I know it’s crazy busy! We got the tree up early this year and the house is all decked out in lights and trim. So pretty!

In the midst of all the festive mayhem, I’ve been plugging along on a very, very important project of mine. A dream really….that has finally come to light. I’ve meticulously planned my first international Art Retreat for May 2017!!  Now, I just need guests to take along with me!

Who loves Art AND Outlander? Show of hands! Well, I do and I’m hoping some of you do too because that’s what this Art Adventure is all about!

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I have found as an artist, that nothing inspires me more than travel and good stories! The Outlander books first captivated me (completely) when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I devoured the books and created art around the characters. I even named my second daughter, Claire. It’s not a co-incidence!! ;)

A fan? Yup! A fanatic? Yeah, maybe but I thought why not combine two of my passions? A perfect excuse to travel with some like minded friends and see Scotland while creating art along the way!

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So who’s with me? As Jamie would say…”Je suis prest!” (I am ready.)

If you want to read more about this extraordinary journey come check out the page here or click on the image below.  I’ve got a detailed day by day itinerary all planned out! It’s dreamy!

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I hope to meet some of you in Scotland!

Happy Holidays and much love to you all!

xo,

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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.

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Evening by Jeanie Tomanek

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Introspection by Alexandra Douglass

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Paperbirds by Steven Kenny

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Danielle O’Brien

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Lynn Watt

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Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

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