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Winner - TAOS 2018

Winner -  TAOS 2018

Hello lovely readers, I hope your week is going along beautifully!

I wanted to announce today (a few days late! Sorry!!!) that the winner of the TAOS 2018 Giveaway is...

Winner - Let's Face It 2018

Hello lovely readers, I hope your weekend is going along beautifully!

I wanted to announce today that the winner of the Let's Face It 2018 Giveaway is...

Susan Wright-Boucher

Congrats Susan! You will get FREE access to this powerful YEAR long online portrait class. The incredible line up of teachers is simply astounding. You will walk away with new found confidence, skill and inspiration for drawing and painting portraits and more! I hope you enjoy it.

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Thank you to everyone who entered and left wonderful comments on the blog. Only 2 more days till Registration opens! Woo!!!

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Much love and gratitude to you all.

xo,

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AND the WINNER is...

Hello lovely readers! I  am just back from beautiful Scotland and I wanted to thank all who entered the giveaway for the Ever After Workshop! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Go here to join us!

I'm truly so delighted to be working on this class! I can't wait to dive into my portrait of Persephone!

So without further ado...the WINNER is Susanne Timmerman!! Congrats Susanne! <3 <3 <3

Best wishes to you all and I hope to see you in the Ever After classroom!

xo,

 

Flash SALE - Blog readers only

Hello lovely readers, I hope your week is off to a good start! I'm about ready to head to Scotland for my Outlander Art Retreat but I wanted to quickly pop in and offer a SPECIAL discount that is for my blog readers ONLY!

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You guys have been such an amazing support to me and I am so grateful! So to show my appreciation, here is a special SALES page just for you! A fabulous selection of our top selling classes awaits you, all at 30% OFF for the next 48 Hours ONLY!

***ENTER CODE: CREATE30 at checkout***

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I also have this fabulous, curated Artists Resource Library that I have been working on that I would love to share with you. It's full of goodies for us creative types, like reference images, book recommendations and my favorite art supplies! Check it out!

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ALSO, please remember if you haven't already checked out my menu of FREE LESSONS please go take a look! Those are there for you to enjoy and share. <3

Thank you all again for your incredible support and encouragement!

Happy Creating!

xo,

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P.S. I will be posting pics from my travels through Scotland! Can't wait to share this adventure with you! :)

 

Now Open - Register for The Art of Sisterhood

Hello there creatives,

I hope your week has been beautiful and productive so far.

I'm thrilled to announce that registration for The Art of Sisterhood is now OPEN with a special early bird price too! This is a brand new course that focuses on celebrating women and celebrating art. I'm so honored to be one of the guest teachers.

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The goal of this course is really to emphasize the value of women to each other, the value of love and support, and the value of sisterhood.

TAOS is for anyone that is looking to unite with other women, feel more connected, and dig deeper into the creative journey. TAOS will be a safe place for you to share your own personal stories as they relate to those that are shared with you.  TAOS is a place where we hold space for each other, as it is needed, and when it is needed.  TAOS is for YOU!

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I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

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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NEW Online Portrait Class

Hello there creatives,

I'm thrilled to announce that registration for my BRAND NEW CLASS is now OPEN.  I've had so many requests to teach my expressive portrait techniques, so I've finally created this mini portrait class.

I'm excited to share not only my tools but also how I use both my left and right hand to activate both sides of my brain in the creative process. It's truly been a game changer for me! Click below to learn more and register...

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I believe that sometimes less is more with portraits. Some of the most expressive work is created with simple materials and often times a lack of color. The focus becomes emotion, line, form and of course shadow and light. These portraits pull us in, make us stop in our tracks and feel!

So, I invite you to join me for this special class where we will explore some of my favorite tools, tricks and tips for creating evocative, expressive portraits. 

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I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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New Online Art Class - Lovely Dancer

Dearest blog readers, Happy Friday! How did you week go? I hope it was fantastic!

Today, I bring you exciting news that registration for my brand NEW online class just opened up! I am beyond delighted to share this with you.

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Over the  past few months I have been studying Degas and honing my figure drawing skills. Degas' ballerinas proved to be the perfect muse! I've dedicated myself to sketching the human form daily and the work is so rewarding.

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Here is the preview video for the class!

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In this very special class, you will not only learn about the wondrous world of Degas but you will gain new skills in figure drawing, composition and color theory, while expanding your pastel and mixed media expertise.

Whether you are a beginner or an seasoned artist, the techniques and style of Degas will inspire and delight you. His use of color is extraordinary and his meticulous dedication to his art is truly motivating. From my research, I have gleaned some exciting ways for us to study his work and put some of his methods into our own practice.

I would love to have you in class!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Much love and gratitude,

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FREE Mixed Media & Encaustic Tutorial

Hi there beautiful creatives! Yah it's the weekend! Hope you have lovely things planned!

I have a special treat for you today - to celebrate my upcoming Italian Art Retreat, I’ve created this special, free tutorial video just for you!

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This wonderful landscape was a delight to create! Luminous layers of wax with luscious oil paint and collage = bliss! Plus, with the Italian countryside as your muse - you can't go wrong!

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To get access to the FULL tutorial click the button below.

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You are going to love exploring these mixed media & encaustic techniques! I can't wait to see what you create!

Enjoy!

xo,

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Winner - Let's Face It 2017

Hello lovely readers, I hope your week has been wonderful!

I wanted to announce today that the winner of the Let's Face It 2017 Giveaway is Patti Calande! Congrats Patti! You will get FREE access to this powerful YEAR long online portrait class. The incredible line up of teachers is simply astounding. You will walk away with new found confidence, skill and inspiration for drawing and painting portraits and more! I hope you enjoy it.

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Thank you to everyone who entered and left wonderful comments on the blog. Only 4 more days till Registration opens!

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Much love and gratitude to you all.

xo,

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Summer Solstice Sale

Hello dear ones! I hope life has been treating you well! We have been busy over here in my little home, celebrating birthdays and Father's Day and TODAY is our 13th wedding anniversary! Woo! The longest and (most memorable day) of my life - so fitting for the Summer Solstice right?

To kick Summer off right we are having a 48 HR SALE on some of our best online ART workshops! Including my most recent class, Sacred Landscape which has been a huge success!

Are you ready to fill your long, light filled days with creativity?!

Enter Discount Code: SUMMER30 at check out!

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If you didn’t get a chance to take these workshops before, now is the time to scoop them up for an additional 30% off! Remember they are all self-paced, with life-time access and downloadable videos – so you can enjoy them on your own schedule. :)

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Happy Summer Creating! I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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A NEW Mixed Media Collage Class

Well hello there my creative friends!

We just launched a brand new Mixed Media Collage class taught by the wonderfully talented Petra Hrziwnatzki! I am so honored to have her share this beautiful class with you! Registration is NOW open! Class begins May 10th!

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Petra's light burns brightly and her artwork carries that glow within it. She infuses her work with meaningful words and quotes that resonate with her soul. Through the use of mixed media and collage she creates pieces that uplift, inspire and comfort.

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Now, she's going to guide you through her special processes so you can begin to make art that aligns with your heart and leads you towards your own inner beauty and desires.

Get ready! It's going to be a powerful and exciting journey!

xo,

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Spring Sale Extended!

Hello everyone,

Due to the site being down for a period of time this morning, I've decided to extend the sale for an extra 24hrs! The sale will now end on March 24th.

Please enjoy this extra day to select your favorite workshops. Remember, all my classes are have lifetime access, are self paced and downloadable! So, even if you are busy with other classes - this is a great opportunity to stock up!

Looking forward to seeing you in class soon!

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Enjoy your Sunday!!

xo,

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Horse Art & beautiful interiors

Happy Friday my friends!

For the past couple of days, the sun has been out for us here in Portland and we couldn't be more pleased! Sunshine, daffodils and pink blossoming trees! Sigh...Spring is almost here!

Along with the flowers, I've also been completely delighted by the artwork coming out of the first session of my online Mixed Media workshop - Spirit Horse!  Such beautiful expressive work right?! Some of my students are painting horses for the first time! It's so exciting to see that! Other's are very experienced equine artists who are allowing themselves to loosen up and joyously paint their hearts out in this new and freeing way!

 Artists from top left, Mayrse Perdriat, Jane Alice Strand, Patti Sandham, Denise Milledge, Deb Weiers

Check it out! Registration is now open for the second session of this class! Click below to join us!

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This class has brought me so much joy, since I for one, had never allowed myself the pleasure of painting horses - why? -  because I simply believed I couldn't do it! I pushed through that limiting belief and painted bold, beautiful horses that made my heart happy!

Here are a few of my pieces! I took the liberty of putting them into beautiful rooms digitally so you could get a feel for them! How gorgeous is this first room by Danielle Oakley? She's one talented lady!

These three colorful girls I titled -"The Three Graces"  - Such a fun and playful piece that I loved creating!

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This one is called "Beloved" and is glimmering with gold leaf. It's inspired by the work of Erica Nordean - an amazing equine artist! This one was also a delight to create. Working large was expansive for me and really helped me express the horse!

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And here is my Painted Horse Collage you may recognize from the Sprit Horse promo! He looks quite handsome in this room I think!

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Thanks for taking a peek at my horse art. I hope you have a gorgeous weekend! Happy creating!

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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Online Mixed Media Workshop - Shades of White

Hello there! I hope your Monday morning is going well! I was up with the birds and on my second cup of coffee already! Yes, I’m a little excited because today I’m launching my very last class for 2015!

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Come join me for this one week Online Mixed Media workshop where we explore the beauty and subtlety of white and neutrals! When we strip away color - texture, contrast and ultimately design and composition come to the forefront. We will focus on these artistic aesthetics as we complete three beautifully unique projects:

  • A “Zen Abstract” Encaustic Wax Collage using vintage and handmade papers with a focus on balance, simplicity, unity and tranquility.
  • A beautiful “Woman in White” Portrait, inspired by Whistler’s painting “Symphony of White I” using acrylic paint and soft chalk pastels while exploring a multitude of milky hues and lessons on drawing the face and figure.
  • A “White Horses on the Horizon” landscape painting incorporating, pattern, texture and finally cold wax to create a dreamy finish.

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I’m beyond thrilled to share these projects with you! Plus, these creations would make amazing gifts for your loved ones! Just in time for the holidays!

Read more about the class* and register here! Classroom opens Dec 1**.

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*As with my last class, there will a limited number of seats and registration will close once it fills to maximum occupancy.

**You will have lifetime access to the classroom so if you are too busy this December then tuck this one away to do after the holidays. A perfect way to decompress!

Have a beautiful, creative week!

With much love and gratitude,

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Let's Face It: Inspired by Portraits

Hello creative friends! How is your week treating you? I hope all is well in your world.

You may or may not have noticed that I've been a little obsessed lately...and not just with Art in general but in particular - Portraiture! I've always loved drawing faces but recently its become a daily practice of pushing myself, striving for more accuracy, expression and depth. I'm exploring techniques and mediums like never before and after I complete one face I quickly begin another.

All this energy has sprung forth for a couple of reasons...but the MAIN one is because I accepted an opportunity to teach on the Let's Face It Online workshop! This year has been about growth, so I've said YES to the wonderful doors that are opening to me! However, I had no idea what an impact this would have on my own deep desire to hone my skills and better my practice as an Artist.

Here is some of the work I've been doing to prepare to teach this class...

It started with black and white charcoal studies...

and has now led me to color too...looks like I'm a teensy bit in LOVE with my new Sennelier Soft Pastels!!!

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I'm enjoying the feeling of a challenge and there is nothing better than feeling yourself expand! This class will be so wonderful. I do hope you will join me and the other talented teachers for this fantastic Portraiture class!

I can't wait to share some of my own techniques and creative processes!

xo,

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Artist Inspired : Juna Biagioni

Hi friends, I hope your week is going well! I, for one am feeling a little overwhelmed BUT in the best way possible! I'm basically bursting at the seams with inspiration! It seems to be coming in at every angle. Each day, I awake a little more excited to begin the day and swim through this sea of creativity - desperately trying to keep my head above water!

I can't seem to learn fast enough or create quickly enough! The days slip by while my head is down, my hand in constant motion. Drawing and creating like a kid with a new box of crayons. It's dizzying, bewildering, exhilarating and yes, at times a bit terrifying! This is how creativity seems to work...at least for me and the best thing I can do is share it right? Spread this crazy energy around before it consumes me!

So today, I am doing just that! I have recently discovered a new artist to me. What a gift when this happens! Her name is Juna Biagioni and her techniques of creating mixed media portraits are...well...enchanting!

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I couldn't stop watching her videos, so I wanted to share them with you!

This first one is beyond beautiful...

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Please do go visit Juna and explore her lovely site! She has an online portrait class coming up that you know I will be taking!! She is also a fellow guest teacher with me in the Let's Face It Portrait class as well as the online mixed media workshop - Love Art Happy Life.

What a delight to discover yet another wonderful teacher to keep the creative community flourishing and my own creativity flowing! Thank you Juna for so generously offering these free videos that surely have inspired so many!

I hope you guys enjoy these!

xo,

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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...

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I look forward to seeing you in class!

Keep creating and have a beautiful week!

xo,

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FREE LIFEBOOK lesson!

Hello sweet readers! How are you? It's a rainy Monday here in Portland and the leaves are falling but what a great time to cozy up and get down to some serious art making!

Many of you know, I will be a teacher in next year's Lifebook and I couldn't be more thrilled! This amazing class is a year of gorgeous art lessons with a focus on self-healing and self-reflection! Talk about a fabulous way to kick off 2016 right?!

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As a very special treat - the incredibly generous Tamara Laporte has offered up a completely FREE lesson for you to get a taste of what Lifebook has to offer!

Go here to watch the FREE in-depth lesson! It's a good one with 4 videos plus a PDF file! It will only be up for a limited time so go check it out! It goes through Tam's entire process of collage and then painting over collage to create a beautiful and whimsical piece.

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If you love it and I really think you will...then come on back and sign yourself up for this life-changing course!

You can find more info about the workshop here.

Hope you guys enjoy this free class!

xo,

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