creativity

A NEW CLASS- Abstract Art on your iPad

Hello there creatives, I'm thrilled to announce that registration for this BRAND NEW CLASS with artist, Tricia Dewey is now OPEN.

Tricia has discovered innovative and truly creative techniques for creating gorgeous abstract figurative work on her iPad! Her work is full of mystery, emotion and modern texture and design!

If you have wanted to learn more about using these amazing devices and explore ground breaking new ways of creating expressive art - then this is the class for you!

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Come learn all about it and register by clicking below. This exciting workshop should not be missed! Don't miss the early bird price either!

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Stunning examples of Tricia's contemporary and evocative work...

 

So get your imagination and your iPad ready! We will see you in class!

xo,

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Happy Mug & Art Supply Giveaway

Hello creative friends! How's your week been? We are in the big thaw out after waaayyy too much snow in Portland. What a mess. So, I've been cozy inside having far too much coffee in my brand new mug BUT look how cute it is!

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Look, don't ask me why but fun mugs make me happy! THIS mug makes me VERY happy! It also completely describes my life! When I fill it up to the brim with yummy coffee and head on up to the studio, it makes me smile. Now, that, my friends is a good way to start your morning, right?

So as you know, when I LOVE something - I like to spread the word! What better way than to do a GIVEAWAY of three of these mugs to fellow creative friends! To kick it up a notch, I'm throwing in a $20 Blick Art gift cards too! We all know you can't have too many art supplies. ;)

This fabulous mug was created by the lovely Brooke Davies from Arrowcreek Goods. They have a lovely shop full of gorgeous mugs and they do custom work too! Make sure you go pay Brooke a visit.

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Good luck!

xo,

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A NEW way to create

Hello creative friends!

It's a snowy day here and I'm just getting ready to start painting but before I do, I wanted to drop in and say hello and share some art with you.

The students in Between Shadow & Light are making some amazing discoveries and creating such beautiful, soulful portraits! I'm completely thrilled to hear they are learning that their non-dominant hand has much to offer and can open up a NEW way to engage in their creativity.

Here is just a snippet of the beauty coming out of the classroom from these incredible artists...

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Artists from top left: Maryse Perdriat, Helle Kristensen, Melanie Rivers, Lynda Fortin King, Karen Johnson, Toni Burt, Lynn Colwell, Christy Harris, Robin Laws, Janet Reid, Karen Stallard Nowviskie

Due to this class' immense popularity, I've removed the class size limit. So come on in and join over 250 students from all over the world. Start creating in a BRAND NEW WAY! If you have been looking for a class to spark your creativity, open your heart and get you out of your rut this is the one...

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Here are some of what the students have been saying...

"Tried a sketch using only my non-dominant hand. So much difference ... especially with my inner critic! It's like I don't expect much from my left hand, so I don't criticize as much? I am definitely going to use my left hand more." - Tracy

"I haven't felt this free and relaxed in a long time while painting. Just let myself go!" - Lynda

"I'm really finding my comfort zone and OCD is put off side without my normal face mapping and creating of facial planes when drawing with my non dominant hand BUT my emotional state centered around the ART is more peaceful and happy." - Christy

 

 See you in class.

xo,

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An Art Tutorial for you!

Hello friends!

Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is off to a beautiful start.

I have been very busy preparing lessons for my new class and I was challenged by a fellow artist to create a piece of art inspired by one of her wonderful ballet photographs. I couldn't resist, so here it is! In my usual style, she goes through several transitions. I worked quickly and loosely with both my dominant and non-dominant hands. I hope you enjoy.

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If you enjoyed this video I have many more FREE tutorials. You can check them out here.

Much love and gratitude to you all!

xo,

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Create ART Anywhere!

Hello there creatives,

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm offering instant access to this innovative and FUN class. I adore creating on my iPad BUT I also LOVE making art right on my iPhone. It's always with me, which means I can make ART anytime, anywhere! Now, I'm excited to share my favorite techniques with you guys.

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Whether you love creating portraits, landscapes or even abstracts you can do this ALL on your iPhone using a combination of apps and tools. I'm going to walk you thru the entire process - from creation to printing! Plus, I show you how to manipulate your own photos and share my favorite photo resources.

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Come learn more and register now.

ONLY $37 for Lifetime access.

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Here are just a few of the pieces I have created on my iPhone! The possibilities are endless!

I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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5 Day Autumn Sale

Hello everyone!

Autumn is my favorite season of the year! All around us the leaves are turning gorgeous colors and the wind has a little nip to it. We will be deep in winter before long!

The best way to beat the winter blues and fill your days with joy is to do ART, right? So to make sure you are all stocked up for the chilly months ahead we are having our annual 5 DAY long SALE! 

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The brilliant part about our classes is that they are all self-paced, downloadable and you get lifetime access. So no worries if you don't have time now - your classes will be waiting for you!

With the holidays just around the corner, our classes make the perfect gift for a friend or relative OR think about creating ART as gifts for those important people in your life. Nothing could be more special!

I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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A New Online Class & A New Site

Hello! Hope all is well in your world! I am a bit shaky this morning...too much coffee and too much excitement happening over here! I've got lots of news to share with you today...

I'm SO thrilled to announce a very special class that I am doing with my fellow artist and friend, Robin Laws.

Paint & Pixels Promo Collage with text Over the past several months, Robin and I have been experimenting with blending technology with traditional art! The results have been incredibly thrilling and groundbreaking - expanding both our artistic development and process! Grab your iPad and stylus and get ready to really expand your creative process!!

We have opened up early registration TODAY at a very special discounted price too!

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Pretty exciting right?! To learn more and register click below.

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AND I've got a brand NEW website that I am loving! Thanks to my sweet designer hubby! ;) Check it out here! If you are an active reader of this blog I invite you to come tour my new online home and subscribe to get the latest posts!

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xo,

Ivy

Finding Inspiration.

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Hello. I'm afraid its happened. I've become stuck. Damn it. One moment I'm a wellspring of creativity and the next I'm dry as a desert. Is it the weather? No. Maybe I'm not sleeping enough? Hmm.

You know what it is?

It's doubt.

Worry.

Lack of confidence.

Sometimes it comes out of nowhere and runs me over like a hijacked bus. Bad part is...I'm the driver.

I know it is normal. It's human. But it's so frustrating. It makes my heart feel heavy.

A friend recently questioned me, wondering what I would do after I finished painting pretty faces. She didn't mean anything by it...just curious about my artistic path but now I can't get it out of my head. Is my art phony? Shallow? Is it inauthentic? Maybe I've been influenced by too many people. Maybe it is coming across as forced. Maybe I should just stop doing it.

My creative spirit comes to screeching halt. Stuck on the side of a busy street with negativity whizzing by. Unable to cross. To progress.

I need to find inspiration. I need to get off my butt and get with the program and beat these thoughts. So I spent some time (while devouring a bar of chocolate)  gathering some links that offer great ideas to do just that!

* Check out these great lists that prompt ideas, spark thoughts and get your out of the rut.

* A practical and simplistic guide to inspiration.

* A wonderland of inspiring Pinterest quotes

* Check out this fabulous site dedicated to inspiration!

Ok, wish me luck! If you are dealing with your own creative slump I hope this helps! Also, I would love to hear how you seek inspiration.

xo,

Ivy