Bird

New Amazing Feather Art Book

Hi there! Okay, so you guys know I have a thing for birds and feathers...I mean I even did an entire class dedicated to them - soooo when I saw this I kinda freaked out.

Artist and author Chris Maynard is truly gifted! His feather sculptures are beyond gorgeous...see for yourself...

  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eClZPg1ivIc]How completely stunning right?

Enjoy some more images of his spectacular creations and then go visit his site.

Maynard_11Maynard_04Maynard_03You know his book is on my Christmas list!

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Hope you enjoyed these!

xo,

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All images via here.

 

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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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!

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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!

xo,

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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... [vimeo 140497500 w=500 h=281]

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. 

CLASSROOM OPENS OCT. 26th, 2015

For more info and to register please click the button below.

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I look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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Etsy Love: joojoo

Last night, I went to my fabulous book club. It is an amazing group of women that I feel so lucky to be a part of. After glasses of wine, a good healthy book discussion and plenty of delicious food we did our usual round of sharing what's been going on in our lives. One lovely lady had just been to Panama with her husband on a wildlife adventure! They are both passionate and devoted birders -  I hadn't known this about her. Both me and another bird fan squealed with delight as she described the amazing birds they had witnessed. I love it when you discover something about someone that connects you in a new way. By the end of the night, the three of us were talking about going on guided bird walks put on by the Audubon Society. I can't wait!

With birds on the brain today, I stumbled upon joojoo on Etsy. Artist, Afsaneh creates the sweetest bird illustrations! I had to share...

Aren't they precious? You must also visit her beautiful blog, here.

Hope your week is going well...I'm holding out for a sunny weekend!

xo,

A little bird...

A couple of days ago, Grace and I sat down at our craft table and started some collages. Using some inspiration from Kelly Rae Roberts' book : "Taking Flight" we made patchwork backgrounds and added figures on top. It was so wonderful to sit, listen to soft music and quietly paste squares of color onto our cardboard canvases. Long after Grace went to bed, I continued to work...

the end result...

I love how, for me, collages evolve. I don't always have a clear direction. I try and get my head out of the way and go with my intuition...slowly, a story emerges and the piece takes on it's own meaning.

Love that feeling!

Got any creative projects underway? I'd love to hear about them...

Have a lovely Wednesday.

xo,

p.s. if and when, Grace finishes her collage I will share it with you. It's looking really cute...