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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! :)

 

Pink blossoms, Spring fever and creativity overload...

Hello lovely readers! I've got Spring Fever! I'm planning and creating like a mad woman and I don't want to stop. Lol. Even a bad cold isn't stopping me! I have been in bed for three days but I'm sketching away.

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Dreaming of my upcoming retreat to Scotland - (that is Edinburgh Castle). Can't wait and yes...you can see my sweet kitty companion, Leo has been keeping me company while I rest.

And one more - a moody gal inspired by some vintage fashion photography.

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Lucky for me, I have a pretty great view from my cozy bed - the pink blooms of a cherry tree are just starting to pop! One of my favorite things about Spring. They inspired a bit of a Pin-fest and this board emerged...

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Oh and speaking of PINK and gorgeous images, my dear friend Georgianna Lane just published her stunning book! You must get it. If you love Paris and flowers then you will adore this...

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To go along with all this flurry of Spring energy, I'm having a BIG SALE on our online classes too! Why not!? It's the perfect time to encourage growth and creativity, right? I would love to have you in class.

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Hope you enjoying the first signs of Spring where you are!

Much love and gratitude,

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TAOS Winner & Creative Mug Winner

Hello lovely readers,

Happy Monday. I have some winners to announce today...

First of all, the winner for the free spot in The Art of Sisterhood is Britta Toftebjerg. Congrats Britta! I know you will love this amazing new workshop full of gorgeous art techniques and the rich stories of our fellow sisters.

Registration opens Feb 1st - so make sure you watch for another email from me with the links to get all signed up. You can bookmark this page too so you'll be ready set. ;)

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AND last but not least, I wanted to announce the winners of my recent Creative Mug & Art Supply Giveaway. The lucky ladies are Tara-Jeanne Howie, Melissa Elgin & Camille McCoy. Thank you to all who entered. <3 These ladies will be receiving a this sweet mug and a $20 Blick Art Gift card!

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If you want to pick up one of these awesome Maker's Mugs for yourself, hop on over to Brooke Davies' Etsy shop - Arrow Creek Goods. She designs all these fabulous creative products.

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I hope your week is off to a good start.

Much love and gratitude to you all,

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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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Top 5 Reads for Selling Art Online

Hello creatives! Today I come to you with a fabulous, curated list of resources from all over the internet about how to start selling your ART online. Take some time out of of your day to peruse these nuggets of info. Grab a cup of something yummy, your fav pen and notebook and start investing in your Artistic career AND remember...

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#1 How to Start Selling your Art Online via DIYARTCAREER.COM

#2 5 Places to Sell your Art Online via Carmenwhitehead.com

#3 How to Market Yourself as an Artist via thehigginscreative.com

#4 How to talk about your ART even if you're an Introvert! (Turn your listening ears on - I love this podcast!) via theabundantartist.com

#5 How to take GOOD photos of your Art via paintingdemos.com

I hope you enjoy this information. Now go put it to good use! Each day, take small steps toward you goals. I'll be cheering you on all the way!

Much love,

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Vulnerability + love = JOY

Hello lovely blog readers, I hope your week is going well. I have been down with a bad cold but I'm on the mend. All that time in bed, let me truly reflect on all that has happened in the past month.

Many of you know, I had an Art Retreat on Bainbridge Island about four weeks ago - the Intuitive Muse Retreat.

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Where we focused on trusting our creative instincts and quieting the critical mind. We set intentions, journaled and made A LOT of Art! It was an amazing experience and a great honor to teach on this magical island - a place I had been two times prior but as a student! The women that joined me were incredible souls, all beautifully open and excited to delve into learning more.  (Little did I know, just how much I would learn along the way.)

So let me share with you a little about the journey...

Robin and I were lucky enough to stay in a sweet spot just a few steps away from the farm. It was the perfect place to center myself for the teaching that lay ahead and with a view of Seattle like this...well...it was beyond gorgeous and did much to soothe my anxious mind.

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The days leading up to the retreat were spent drinking tea and practicing my lessons with Robin. She was so kind and patient, listening to me go over things a thousand times! LOL.

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That's the funny thing about what I do - it kind of terrifies me! I actually get very nervous when having to speak in front of a crowd. Online, in front of the camera, it is somehow easier but sitting in a room with a many sets of eyes on me - oh boy - it makes my hands shake and my nose sweat. (Yes, my nose sweats when I'm nervous, it's very attractive - I assure you.) 😜

I knew that the hardest part would be the first night. The introductions. The part where I have to talk about myself.  I knew that if I could make connections, I would soon relax. I wanted to get to THAT place as quickly as possible but as time would have it, I needed to experience each stage as it came. There was no fast forward button on this gig.

That first night, we gathered at the ranch house for the welcome dinner.  I was greeted with beautiful, warm hugs and even a few excited tears. It humbles me each and every time I meet a student "in real life". The connection I feel for them and them to me is a true thing. What a gift to receive. It amazes me to this day, how powerful the internet is and how very real the connections can be. Invisible heart strings that somehow manage to go through the computer screen. Magic indeed.

When it came time to sit in a circle and do our introductions, the ladies did the rounds first and I listened intently,  shaky hands folded in my lap. Each woman lit a single candle to represent her presence and placed it gingerly on a beautiful old artist's palette - a treasure from Serena's family. It was a sacred thing to behold.

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I was stunned at the similarities of our stories. Before me, was a group of 10 women from all different backgrounds, all different ages and family situations but the common thread was apparent. We were all seekers. We had lived a life seeking out our creativity, searching for our joy and the connection to our soul. We had all jumped through careers, or passions - each coming in with force and usually fizzling out until we followed the next pull. The next insatiable curiosity. Photography, crafts, scrapbooking, cooking, gardening and even creating skin creams! We had all jumped through multiple phases on our journey towards Art. The fact is, Art is seeking. It becomes the vehicle of expression to discover the deeper layers, the hidden parts, the shadowy darkness and the shining light we all carry within us. So, while on the outside we had our differences, really, we were of one mind. One heart, hungry for more.

This helped ease me a bit as I felt the circle close. The bonds forming already - in a matter of minutes! But, my hands and slightly glistening nose gave away my nerves as I began to share myself with the group. I hoped they wouldn't notice but I know they did. I hoped it wouldn't matter or make me look unprofessional. I hoped, with all my heart, that I would be accepted. And there it was - Ahh - hello VULNERABILITY!

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This is where I was. Where I had to be. Exposed and vulnerable, yet doing what I wanted to do so very badly. Connecting and guiding and teaching. So with a deep breath, I accepted the uncomfortableness of it and just spoke my truth, trembling hands and all. I don't know everything that I said but I knew when I had finished that I was safe. These women made me feel so and I was grateful.

The rest of the blissful days glided by full of hard work and wonderful art! The women battled it out with their inner critics, we laughed and shared stories and helped each other solve problems in our compositions. I was at ease, in my role, soaking up the precious time I got to spend with each student. Carefully listening and helping to guide them through projects they could enjoy and learn from.

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They created pieces that pushed them out of their comfort zones, slipping into the unknown, the fear - where the good stuff starts to emerge. Where the left brain retreats and our intuition begins to lead us. The sweet spot. The flow state. I could tell from the class when people were going through it, they worked intently in silence, not pausing to judge or worry. Just moving. Creating. It is one of the most joyous things to witness as a teacher.

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Art time was interspersed with walks among the mystical places on the island,  like the Labyrinth where we silently followed the stones that wound us gradually to the center. And we all enjoyed the special Buddhist Bell that rings out after you have spun it just enough times while focusing on your truest wish and intention.

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Looking back on this magical weekend, I am so filled with gratitude for the opportunity. The chance to not only encourage others to trust themselves but a chance to step into my truest self as well. Each time I teach in person, I feel myself grow. Each time it gets less scary and every time I walk away knowing that this is what I am meant to do. It is where my JOY lives. If it means I have to push up against the vulnerability then so be it - I'm up for the challenge! 😉


 

A big thank you to our warm and gracious hostess, Serena Berry, who was nothing short of perfect - spoiling us with delicious food and ensuring everyone was comfortable. You made the retreat truly lovely and relaxing for our guests and for me too!

Thank you to the amazing women who attended! You each taught me something and inspired me with your open hearts and creative spirit. It was such a joy and honor to spend the weekend with you! I'll cherish the memories of this special time, always.

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Much love to you all!

xo,

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Come create with me in Italy!

Hello there creative friends! Hope you are are all doing well! Summer has been lovely and busy for us in the Newport house. Our routine is speckled with kids camps, day trips and relaxing afternoons in the garden. In the midst of all this, I manage to find time to film my latest class and work on some paintings too!

The biggest excitement of the summer (for me) is that my latest international art retreat is now open for registration! I'm so honored and grateful that I've been asked to teach in beautiful Orvieto, Italy in September, 2017 by Adventures in Italy! The husband and wife team running this fantastic trip are Bill & Kristin Steiner and they are an absolute delight to work with!

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This artistic retreat will include life/figure drawing, portrait studies, encaustics, collage and mixed media painting! Along with all the yummy art we will be making, organized tours and cultural experiences are planned to create a well rounded and life changing adventure for all! Check out just how beautiful Orvieto is...

To read all about it go here!

I would love to have you come to Italy with me!!

Have a beautiful rest of your week!

xo,

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Ask Ivy - Composition & Style

Hi there lovely people, Well...I know I usually post my "Ask Ivy" videos on Wednesday but I didn't want to detract from launching my sweet friend's new online workshop! So - I am here today to answer some more of your questions.

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I hope this addressed some of your own concerns or inquiries! I love doing this so feel free to shoot me a question.

Also, here is a link to my NEW Resource Library where you can download those composition sheets I mention in the video. Very handy indeed! Plus, you can check out some of my fav You Tube videos, supplies, book and more! Enjoy this special library where I will be adding new useful info regularly!

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Have a fabulous weekend!

xo,

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Mother's Day Sale!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND!

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It's time to celebrate Mom and what better way then to encourage and celebrate her creative spirit! One of our online, mixed media classes is just the ticket! Mom can access the class at her leisure with lifetime access and downloadable videos PLUS for the next 72 Hours you can get a fabulous 30% off our favorite classes! 

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One of our newest workshops is opening on May 10th and Mom is going to love the dreamy feminine projects taught by the talented Petra Hrziwnatzki! This brand new class is also included in on the SALE!

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Go here to pick from our classes to gift to your special Mama!

xo,

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ArtWorthy Giveaway!

Hello my friends! How's your week going?

Been super busy around here with lots of excitement about the launch of my new Art Retreat - ArtWorthy! To celebrate, Trina and I wanted to do a fabulous giveaway!!! Packed with artsy goodies and wellness gifts too!

Check out this gorgeous stash...(worth over $150)

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Included here: A World of Artist Journal Pages Book, a 24 piece set of Liquitex Acrylic Paints, a lovely smelling travel tin candle by Votivo, A Dylusions Creative Journal, a 10 piece set of beautiful acrylic/watercolor brushes, an adorable Owl mug (Trina's personal favorite), A lovely tin of Harney & Sons Chamomile tea and Elizabeth Gilbert's new and fantastic book - Big Magic! 

Pretty sweet right?

To enter to win this lovely bundle of goodies you simply have leave a comment about your dream art retreat AND share about the retreat on one (or more) of your social channels….i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Let me know how and where you shared and each time you do, I will enter you name again into the drawing! Pretty easy right!?

***Please use the image and link below to share on your social networks:

ArtWorthy Link: http://ivynewport.com/artworthy-retreat/

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I will be drawing the winner on Friday January 22nd! So stay tuned to see if you won!! Can’t wait to wrap up this box and ship it out to a lucky creative friend!

***PLUS we are offering $100 off on the retreat as an early bird special! This offer will end on Jan 25th so if you are thinking about joining us don't miss this deal!

Thank you all for helping us share this event! You guys are the BEST!

xo,

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A Favorite Digital Artist and A Paint & Pixels Giveaway too!

Hello lovely people! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! The sun is shining here and we are soaking it up and playing in the garden...and of course I'm doing a little work too...

Today, I wanted to introduce you to my friend and artist, Robin Laws. I've invited her to guest post today to share with you one of our favorite digital artists and also to give you all the info on our exciting Paint & Pixels giveaway! Take it away Robin...

Hello Friends! I'm Robin Laws and I am delighted to guest post on Ivy's blog today. I’m an artist and the co-teacher along with Ivy for the upcoming Paint and Pixels class. Many artists inspire us but one in particular really does some outstanding work on her mobile devices, including her iPad! Her name is Sarah Jarrett and I wanted to show you some of her incredible work...

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Gorgeous right? She really knows how to blend digital painting, photography and digital elements to create provoking, beautiful and layered work! We are both BIG fans! Such inspiration! In the Paint & Pixels class we will be doing a similar Self Portrait project! It's going to so exciting to create! If you haven't already you can click below to sign up for the class before the early registration price ends on June 8th!

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On that note, let me tell you about our FABULOUS Paint & Pixels GIVEAWAY! We are so incredibly excited about this course and to celebrate we are offering you a chance to win this fantastic giveaway valued at over $150!

What we are giving away:

  • 1 Adonit Jot Touch 4 Stylus with pressure sensitivity (it's our favorite!)
  • a 10" x 10" ready to hang canvas print of one of my most popular digital paintings AND

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  •  a $10 Apple gift card so you can grab some of the very cool art apps we will be showing you!

To ENTER all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know what you hope to learn in the Paint and Pixels course or how you use your iPad creatively. Then share this image and the link to this post on at least one of the social media sites listed below ---->

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To win the giveaway you can...

  • Share this post on Facebook
  • Pin this image to Pinterest
  • Talk about the giveaway and the class on Instagram and use the hashtag #paintandpixels and @ivynewport and @rlaws2
  • Blog about the the class
  • Share this post on Twitter

*Each time you share it come back and tell us so you have another chance at the giveaway!

The winner will be announced on the last day of our sale for early registration next Monday, June 8th.

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word!

***I've included a square version for you to use at the bottom of this blog post for sharing on Instagram.

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We can't wait to draw our winner!! Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

Robin

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,