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Camera Craft Giveaway!

Hello friends! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! We had some great family time and as an extra bonus I got to spend Sunday afternoon with some local artists, painting in the sunshine! Blissful!

So...today I'm super excited to let you know that I am giving away one FREE spot into the AMAZING Camera Craft Class - (a $200 VALUE) by Galia Alena! I am one of the lucky contributors and I know its going to be a tremendously inspiring class with a lineup of beautiful teachers all sharing their love for photography! Check out more info on these lovely ladies here.

Photography holds a special place in my heart and I attribute my realignment with my creativity to it. Learning how to observe, appreciate and seek beauty in the everyday re-ignited my passion for art and for that I will be forever grateful! I'm so honored to share some of my knowledge within this wonderful online class!

Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 5.57.19 PMSo...you may be wondering how do I enter this fabulous giveaway? Well...here's all the details...

To enter...just leave a comment here on my blog letting me know how photography has affected your life or why you might want to learn more about it. To increase the number of times I enter your name you could do any or all of the following to spread the love, just be sure to pop back and let me know in the comments:

☆ share this competition or the class on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, facebook page or other social network platform

☆ like my facebook page (or invite some friends to)

☆ subscribe to this blog

I will be announcing the winner on Thursday! Thank you and good luck! If you want to join in this amazing journey click HERE. The class begins at the end of the month!!

Don't miss this opportunity! I look forward to your comments!

Have a beautiful Monday!

xo,

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P.S. Stay tuned - because tomorrow I have another special treat for you!! ;)

 

 

Online Photography Workshop - Camera Craft

Hello! Happy Friday! On this gorgeous summer day, I'm excited to share with you that the lovely and talented Galia Alena asked me to be a contributing teacher to her new online Photography workshop - Camera Craft! Of course, I accepted!

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Here's the workshop description straight from Galia...

Camera Craft is designed to help demystify your camera and the technical side of photography, empowering you to follow your inspiration, and make expressive and beautiful images. It is photography 101 and it is so much more. I want the participants to walk away feeling like they have enough of a grasp of the technical stuff that they can really let their creative voices sing. Between all the samples and the guest contributors you wont be able to help but be inspired.

I'm so very thrilled to be a part of this AMAZING course!

Photography, as many of you know, played a huge role in leading me back to my creativity. Essentially, it led me back to what I love - ART - and for that, I'll be eternally grateful to this magical art form! The class will actually be divided into two 5 week modules - "The Art of Seeing" & "Into the Light". REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR BOTH.

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The Art of Seeing starts 31st of August

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Into the Light starts 26th of October

As a contributor, I will be sharing a few tutorials on some of my post-production editing, including a peek into how I edit photos on my iPhone! Super fun and addictive I assure you!

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Galia has an incredible line up of contributors including, Misty Mawn, Danielle Cohen, Stacy de la Rosa, Liz Lamoreux, Jeannette Le Blanc, Erin Faith Allen, Eileen West and Ashley Fincham!

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To learn more and sign up go here. If you happen to purchase from my link it would make my day too!

Thanks so much again for all your love and support!

xo,

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Creating Art on the IPad : A Walkthru my process

Hello! How are you? Summer is winding down and I'm SO ready for Fall! It's my favorite season and I always seem to find much focus and peace as we all settle into our routines. Today, I wanted to share my process on how I created one of the pieces of digital art from my last post. I got lots of responses and wonderful feedback - thank you so much.

Okay here we go...

Using Procreate on my iPad, I create a painted background using various brush tools. My favorite are wet round brush and old brush. I also downloaded the water brush kit from the app store. It has beautiful washes and watercolor effects. Fun!

You build in layers so this would be my first layer or my bottom layer.

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Next, I select an image that inspires me. I usually find these on Pinterest. Now, this is the cool part! Look, I love to draw faces and people but for me drawing freehand on the iPad was awkward and clumsy. Maybe I just need a ton of practice but I couldn't achieve the detail I wanted! I was frustrated so I went on the hunt for an app that might be able to create digital sketch effects like those on Photoshop - enter USketch. You can run any photo image thru this app and it will create a sketch. Very cool right!? I have erased certain elements of the image to suit my needs. This is a separate layer that lies over the top of my painted backdrop.

***tip - you could also take photos of your own sketches and use those! Just use the iPad camera snap away and its ready to import into Procreate ***

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Then I start to lay in color behind the sketch on another separate layer. I used the wet round brush for most of the color but make sure you try the smudge tool too to soften your edges and blend colors. You can see here too that I imported a honeycomb pattern and placed that over the painted background. I erased it in places and reduced its transparency to soften the effect.

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I imported this vintage rose image from the Graphics Fairy and made it a multiply layer so it is transparent. Another awesome app I use is called Eraser. It will remove the white background from an image so you can overlay/collage it with ease into your composition. Very handy for creating digital art! Love it!

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Finally I added in these bees. Another find on the Graphics Fairy. Used the Eraser app to get rid of white background, duplicated the layers and moved them into place.

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Finally, I added some drips and splashes of paint as well as a few tape like shapes to create some linear elements. And she's done.

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This is such a pleasing way to create digital art! Very forgiving and easy to learn. Let me know if you have questions! I would be happy to help.

Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Creating art on the iPad

Hi there friends! I know it's been quite a while since I last posted but this summer has been so busy! A few days ago, I actually got the chance to sit quietly with a cup of coffee and watch another video from my class with Jeanne Oliver. This time she was exploring the power of creating artwork digitally on the iPad using an application called Procreate. Being a Photoshop lover, I was skeptical but I'm so glad I watched because Procreate is surprisingly addictive, easy to use and quite robust. I began to create small digital illustrations on my iPad and have been obsessed ever since.

Here are a few pieces I have created already...

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I have been having so much fun making these. It's amazing to create art while on the go. Stay tuned, I will be breaking down the process of how I completed this last piece very soon - complete with some handy tips and tricks!

Hope your week is going well.

xo,

Ivy

Still Life: Coral Peonies

Hi there! How has your week been? We are doing very well here,  just getting ready for summer and enjoying lots of warm sunshine. Grace asks everyday, "How many more school days till Summer?" I remember that feeling - you can hardly wait to have lazy mornings in your pj's, endless afternoons running around the neighborhood with friends, hoping to hear the ice-cream truck approaching. No homework. Picnics in the park. Going to the beach. Wearing your swim suit all day. Childhood summers - I have many fond memories... Nowadays, filling the house with fresh peonies is a sure sign that summer is around the corner. Friends and family have been bringing me bouquets almost weekly! My two little Peony bushes only gave 6 blooms this year. I hope next year will produce a larger bunch. Let me know if you have any tips on making more pop!

I have been challenging myself to arrange some still life compositions to shoot outside of the product shots I take for the shop. This series featuring three amazing, King Peonies in coral was such a delight to photograph. I had to cut myself off. Enjoy...

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In case you are wondering, the backdrop is a vintage map of Rome and the other props are vintage goodies I have laying around my studio. It was fun to pull objects together and find harmony and balance in their arrangement. I did my editing in Photoshop using the Rad Lab plugin and I shot with my Canon XS Rebel with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens.

Have a lovely Thursday!

xo,

Ivy

Forest Friend

Hello! It was quite a whirlwind morning as I spent half of my day in Grace's pre-school class as a volunteer. It's been a while since I have been around that many kiddos! Whoa. I was a little overwhelmed at first but as the morning unfolded, I found myself really enjoying the kids and watching their interactions. The letter of day was F! The kids called out as many words as they could starting with F. It was really cute. Forest and Friend both came up, so this afternoon as I was creating some more digital art, I found myself with a theme...

Grace approved of this one and wants a print of it for her room. She's my biggest supporter!

How was your Wednesday? Hope it was fabulous (my favorite F word)!

xo,

Making more art...

After Grace is in bed and my kitchen is clean, I often head to my studio with a cup of tea and the itch to create something. Last night I made this digital collage...

I was in a pink, French-y mood, as you can see...can't seem to get enough of that Photoshop.

What am I doing with all this? I keep asking myself...the photography, the digital art...where is this leading me? A dear friend asked me the other night where I saw myself in five years and I blurted out, without thinking...

"I want to be selling my artwork. I want to be the artist I always dreamed of being."

She smiled and nodded like she knew that would be my answer.

Funny though, I surprised myself.

Now, let's see if I can make it happen!

Where do you see yourself in five years? Have you thought about it?

xo,

Exploring Digital Art

As many of you know, I've been dabbling in the world of digital art. It's been a true delight and so much fun. I love the experimental nature of it and it is very tidy compared to my paper collages! It's amazing what you can do with Photoshop elements!

Like always, I am a bit hesitant to share my own creations...it's so much easier to promote the work of others! (It's an artist's curse). BUT I know it is good for me to get out of my comfort zone...so here are two works that I did recently. I got stock photography via Deviant art. If you are playing around with digital collage, I highly recommend checking out their resources. So many wonderfully generous people post all sorts of stock photography, Photoshop brushes, textures and other goodies!

I'm thinking of printing these out and mounting them onto wood. What do you think?

Blogging about artists all the time has really got me inspired and I think I'm almost ready to start a painting for real! My blank canvas and paints are sitting in the corner of my studio waiting for me. I just bought this book and it is helping me find my creative confidence again. I highly recommend it. I must share this one quote that is really sticking with me...

"Start by doing what is necessary ; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

Don't you love that!? Powerful stuff.

Okay, well back to the household chores. Hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday.

xo,

Little Bird and the Muse

Hello. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. We took Grace to a birthday party this morning and we are now enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. While Grace and daddy watch a movie, I made a hot cup of tea and plopped myself in front of Photoshop for a few hours.

This is my latest digital collage. I am having SO much fun experimenting with all of the program's capabilities!

I also have to give a shout out to Deviant Art! Just signed myself up for an  pro-account with them. It's an AMAZING resource for stock images, textures, brushes...all sorts of goodies.

Not to mention some amazing artists too!

Have a restful Sunday.

xo,