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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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Here's a little preview of the tutorial... [vimeo 185410455 w=640 h=360]

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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Instagram Crush - Phillippa Stanton

Hello my lovely readers! I know it's been a little while since I've shared some yummy art or photography to enjoy but I'm here to make up for it with a delicious sampling of work from the incredibly talented Instagram icon and Synesthetic Artist - Phillippa Stanton.Wondering what a Synesthetic Artist is? Here's how it is described on her website:

"Being Synesthetic means that Philippa can see sound, taste and smell in shape, colour and texture, allowing her to create unique portraits of people’s voices, food and drink."

So cool right? I can see this gift reflected in her photography for sure.

Her photography and short videos make my heart pitter patter and I often let out an audible sigh. Her gorgeous shots embody stunning color, interiors of her fairytale cottage (in Brighton, England of course), delightful styling and her adorable siamese kitty. Her images make you want to step inside her world and stay...forever.

You must watch the precious videos she creates. They are magical moments of stillness and beauty.

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Ok...I'll stop gushing. Just enjoy these and go visit her feed on Instagram.

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Aren't they just beautiful? So poetic in the way she arranges each item, each petal and always a steaming cup of tea! She truly shows us how beauty exists all around us. In our belongings, our family table, out our window - we only need to take the time to see it.

Now, go take a minute for yourself. Breath in the beauty in your life. You deserve it.

I hope you enjoyed.

With love and gratitude,

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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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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,

Ivy

It's all in the Palette...

Hello there! Hope your week is going well! It's almost Friday and then Halloween! My kids are crazy excited. I'm a little less so - it looks like it will be raining here, so we'll be flipping a coin for who stays in and doles out candy and who leads the little ones around the neighborhood, umbrellas in tow!

Today, I have a beautiful treat for you. Have you ever wondered what a famous artists' palette looks like? Well photographer, Matthias Schaller did and he captured these beautiful and historical "portraits" of just that! Such a rare treasure to see these! I've paired the images of the palettes with some of the artists' work so we can witness the connection between palette and painter...

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Isn't that so fascinating to see? I just love being able to see the same hand on the palette as we do on the canvas. To see the entire exhibit of palettes go here.

Do you ever take pictures of your own palette? They can be quite beautiful!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

xo,

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FREE Mixed Media Art Journaling Video

Hello my creative friends! How's the week treating you so far? I meant to get this to you yesterday but I'm afraid I got a little tied up wrapping the videos for the Paint & Pixels Online Workshop! I'm SO excited for class to begin! Not too much longer now...Sept 14th! If you haven't checked out the info on this Mixed Media & iPad Art class yet...go here for more info.

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So anyways...today is my birthday and in the theme of celebration, I wanted to give you a special treat! I've made a lovely FREE  Mixed Media Art Journaling Video for you - documenting my creation of the spread below. It's full of teaching and tips to get you creating in your art journal too! Plus, my little studio kitten, Leo makes an appearance. He is quite the art admirer. ;)

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I've been exploring Art journaling recently and it's been so enjoyable. What a wonderful way to explore, experiment and play all within my beautiful vintage ledger.

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To go watch to the video go here.

Please do share your creations too! I would love to see what you guys make! Feel free to join my student group on Facebook and start connecting with other creative souls!

Hope you enjoy the video!

xo,

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Angels Among Us - An Online Mixed Media Workshop

Hello dear readers! I've been so grateful for the support of my latest online classes and workshops! Thank you so much for all your sharing, love and participation!

I'm constantly amazed by this generous, creative online community! So...this week I wanted to celebrate some of the women around me and spread the word about the awesome stuff they are doing!

Today, I wanted to share about a fantastic online workshop with an incredible line up of teachers hosted by the talented Kara Bullock! Check out the Angels Among Us Workshop!

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Gotta send out a special thank you to Angela Kennedy who has not only been an amazing participant in my classes but a wonderful cheerleader too! Thanks Angela! Go see Angela's gorgeous artwork here.

Wishing you ladies great success with this beautiful workshop!

xo,

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An Art Playdate with Jane Davenport

Hello friends, Hope your Summer is off to a fabulous start! As you know I've been super busy with my two online classes! It's been such a rewarding experience to build these and launch them! Thank you for all your support!

So, I'm gonna do a bit of a flashback to April when I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Ms. Jane Davenport! Out of the blue she contacted me via Facebook and told me she would be in Portland in the Springtime! She would be visiting with her friend Diana Rast and we immediately made plans to have a little Art Playdate!

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We started the morning with fresh coffees and some laughs! Jane and Diana were both totally adorable and so much fun!

I felt so lucky to host them!

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Then we headed to the studio to get a jump start on the project I had planned for the day! We were going to be doing mixed media collages and paintings on plaster and then using encaustic wax on top! Fun fun!

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IMG_3506It was such an amazing day! Thank you Jane and Diana for coming to spend the day with me!

On that note...I must share with you Jane's latest online workshop!

It's all about the beautiful art of Figure Drawing! Jane's lyrical line work and bold colors make for striking and graceful figurative work! Plus, with her background in fashion illustration she has tips and tricks you don't want to miss!!

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Okay my creative friends...I'm back to work!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Painted hands, happy heart.

Hi lovely people, The last week of summer is upon us and the Newport household is ramping up for school. I'm ready. Grace is ready. It's time.

Back to routines, early nights and homework but the calming rhythm of each day helps me be more productive and less scattered. I'm looking forward to that!

I will be launching a new website, complete with those photo lessons that I mentioned in the last post plus much, much more! I've truly committed to making Art the focus of my career and it feels really good!

On those rare, beautiful days this summer when I was able to get my hands dirty and create - those were my happiest days! Sharing that with the girls has been so special too.

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When Mommy is happy, everyone is happy right? Even though at times I had to push aside the laundry or let those dishes sit in the sink a while longer, I found that when I made Art, it made me feel alive! It gave me energy and a giddiness that was contagious with my family.

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My most recent work, began with a flurry of paint, collaged paper and stencils. I have really enjoyed developing these layered backgrounds to begin the piece. I'm also kinda loving the larger canvas! This one is 24" x 30". Big for me, as many of you know!Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.15 PM

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Then came the girls. Three sisters was my first idea. Not that I have sisters but I love the concept of the three Graces so that's where I started from...Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 2.05.35 PM

As I worked on it one afternoon, Grace strolled in and said, "Oh Mommy! I love it! It's us!"

I turned, about to correct her when I looked at it again.

As if to explain herself she pointed to each girl. "This is you, at the top because you are the Mommy and you are protecting us. That's why your eyes are open. The next girl is me because I am the older sister and I have brown hair and the littlest girl is Claire because she has blond hair and she is the youngest."

I stood back, amazed at her perception and how I had completely missed it!!

She went on to say, "And the flowers that come up from the bottom are about us growing up into women."

I was completely blown away. My 8 year old little art critic had just analyzed my piece before I had even the inkling of its meaning.

I smiled at her and said, "I think you are absolutely right!"

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So the three Graces became me and my girls and I'm perfectly happy with that!  It now hangs in my studio, right next to my desk and serves as a wonderful reminder of my connection to my sweet daughters and how very important my job is as their mother and protector.

So what have you been up to creatively this summer? I would love to hear!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

I made a little movie for you...

Hello dear readers! How's life? Summer is zipping by and the chaos is evident all over the house...from the torn up closets, dripping bathing suits, half unpacked suitcases and the mounds of laundry I can't keep up with but you know what? I'm over it. Life is crazy so why fight it? I'm trying to do the best I can and just stay sane!

Speaking of chaos - check out what I've done to my dining room! ha! Yup...Mama needed more ART SPACE! ;) You might be noticing the odd contraption I have set up here....well....

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here's the news - I've finally decided (gotten brave enough) to start filming my creative process so I can begin to offer online classes and tutorials. Sharing my passion and love for Art through teaching seems like the natural next step to take. A little fact you may not know about me - I was an Art teacher at a Montessori school in Texas, in fact I created the Art Program there since they didn't have one! It was amazing teaching the children and since we are all a bit like kids around paint, I figure I should transition to teaching adults okay right? ;)

Anyway, here is a sneak peek at the first video...the full length, teaching video is still in post production but should be ready soon! The full video will show my creative process as I work through an Intuitive Painting. You will get to watch as I create a piece from start to finish. I have no plan when I sit down to paint (that's where the intuition bit comes in) - just a palette of 5 or 6 colors to start with and a blank canvas! I will show you many techniques and tips as I journey through the work with you. I'm SO excited and scared but I hope you will enjoy this first little snippet. I've never done editing or filming before so I've got a ways to go! Enjoy!

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Intuitive Painting from Ivette Newport on Vimeo.

Let me know your thoughts and I look forward to presenting you with the full video very soon!

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Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I couldn't have started on this path without you guys!

Sending you lots of love,

Ivy

 

 

Intuitive Painting

Hi everyone. Hope you are all doing really well! Okay...so, show of hands...who was looking forward to summer so badly? Couldn't wait for the kids to be out of school...have things slow down a bit...enjoy the lack of rushed mornings and packed lunches. Sound familiar? Yeah...I was there too and now I'm kinda feeling overwhelmed/annoyed juggling a smattering of camps, all in different locations, a bored kid (when camp is over), running around like a taxi and basically having a complete lack of a schedule. Makes me a little on edge - especially when all I want to do is paint!

Now, don't get me wrong. We've had a great summer so far. Got to take a few trips and make some memories with the kids but I guess I'm just a creature who likes rhythm. A consistency to each day that I can count on.

So...to soothe my nerves I've been spending a lot of time (when I can slip away) with my art books and journal. I've been incredibly inspried by Tracy Verdugo's new book - "Paint Mojo". Her work really speaks to me and feels so authentic and organic. You must check it out. She creates most of her work by way of Intuitive Painting, also called Expressive Painting, Soul Painting or Source Painting. Wondering what that is exactly? Well... I found this wonderful definition via here.

The medium of expressive painting exercises your creativity without concern for the results, develops greater trust in your intuition, expands your sense of freedom and possibility, and gives you a way to fearlessly explore unknown aspects of yourself.

I know it sounds a little woo woo...but I'm okay with that and let me tell you - it's pure magic! Scary? Hell yeah. Exciting? Definitely. It is most of all - surprising! Surprising to see what unfolds in your Art, what forms arise and symbols come up.

This isn't communing with any kind of spirit or anything like that. It's just getting in touch with your inner self and removing the Ego, the BS, you know - all the junk that gets in the way - and letting all the beauty of your soul pour out onto your canvas. And sometimes that beauty can be kinda ugly at first and that's ok. As you move through the work, it transforms. Remember, this kind of Art is not about the end product but rather the simple act of creating. I've done two works so far using this technique and they are really so different than anything I've ever made.

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This first attempt at making a background was tons of fun! Lots of scraping, stenciling, splattering and other fun paint verbs...

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Lots of layers, symbols and imagery came as I worked on this piece. I would often walk away when my mind would pause and then I would wander back as more images flooded in.

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This was my second Intuitve Painting back ground. Added some scraps of vintage paper to this one.

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These images came thru stronger, resulting in a more striking composition. I was braver with this one and I think you can see and feel that. Loved working in such vibrant colors even though it isn't my typical palette. Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 3.35.17 PM

I can't wait to do more!!

Anyway, if you are in a creativity rut I highly recommend Tracy's book or just pull out the Art books you already own and visit with them.

When you are ready...grab a canvas, leave your logical mind behind and let the paint flow! Be brave, trust your hand, your eyes and most importantly your heart!

Let me know if anyone gives it a go! I would love to see what you come up with! Feel free to shoot me an email with your images. It would be fun to feature some of your Intuitive Art on the blog!

Sending you all lots of love.

xo,

Ivy

P.S. Okay just found this amazing video from the amazing Intuitive artist - Flora Bowley...check it out. So beautiful! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcQsI_ZvX74]

 

 

 

Etsy Love: RiverLuna

Hello! It's been a while since I've brought you some gorgeous, art inspiration so here's a healthy dose of beauty from the amazing Etsy shop: RiverLuna. Artist, Marisa Redondo creates these magical, nature inspired illustrations, full of intricate pattern and rich hues. I'm a huge fan! Now to decide which one to order...hmm. Here are some of my favorites...

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After much debate, I just couldn't resist these sweet owls for my Gracie. Can't wait to hang it up in her room!

Go explore her wonderful collection of work - her blog is a delight too! Such talent!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

Experimenting with Encaustic Art

Hi there! How are you? We have been pretty good over here. Enjoying the beautiful Spring blossoms everywhere and the more frequent sun breaks too! Maybe it's the Spring energy or the fact that I've started the second part to the Brené Brown online class but I'm feeling inspired! I have been wanting to try encaustic art forever but I've always been a bit intimidated by all that comes with it.

Well...this week I finally dove right in! I ordered my encaustic medium, a heated palette (mini griddle), hake brushes, encaustic boards and a heat gun. While waiting for it all, I devoured this book and watched every youtube video on encaustic that I could find.  Yesterday, it all arrived on my doorstep and I was like a kid at Christmas! All smiles, clapping my hands and doing a little jig. I was that excited. Dorky but true. My mind was a flurry with all the dreamy creations I was going to make using this magical medium!

That evening, after the girls were down and the kitchen looked decent, I set up my encaustic paint "studio" (in my dining room). I opened windows, plugged in the griddle, melted the wax, warmed the brushes and the board and proceeded to lay down my first coat of wax. This is kinda how it went---->

Eeek! It's all uneven.

The brush must be too cool.

Wait or is it the board?

Did I get the right brushes?

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Okay calm down.

Try another coat. Don't forget to fuse first!

How long do I fuse for again? <swear word>

Second coat went down. Sigh...more unevenness...brush strokes, pitting.

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Okay, so maybe this isn't as easy as it looks!

I stopped and took a minute to reassess. What am I doing wrong?

Then it dawned on me...how ridiculous to think that I would get it right on the first go! I told myself to relax and just play. I would learn by my mistakes and I had to trust that with practice, I would figure it out.

With that attitude adjustment, the rest of the evening was a blast! Here is my first attempt.

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The tree was stamped onto the board with acrylic paint. After that was dry, I put my first layer of wax down. The color was added by way of PanPastels and Gelatos that I smeared together into the wax. The pieces of antique paper were simply collaged onto the piece and coated in wax. Lastly, I added the jewels and painted some details with white acrylic. Here are some close ups of the textures created by the layers of encaustic. IMG_8989

You can see in this one where I used a stylus tool to actually carved the wax to bring out the details in the tree.

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It was late so I headed to bed...

Today, I couldn't wait to get back to it, so as soon as Claire was down for nap I got creating! Here is my second go at it. I kept the color palette and composition similar so I could focus on technique. The process got a tad easier and I got a little braver.  On this piece, I used a stencil to create a raised wax pattern. I also moved my "studio" into the kitchen and worked right on top of our glass cooktop and countertops. Put wax paper down first! They are not kidding about those fumes from the wax, so I put my little griddle right next to the exhaust downdraft fan on my stove and it sucked all the icky fumes right down! I also opened up the kitchen window very wide. Last night, I learned the hard way and went to bed with a headache. So today I wasn't going to risk breathing that stuff in.

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I also learned that if you add PanPastel, oil pastel or Gelatos to your wax layer and you don't like them - Yikes! - you can clean it all off using Linseed Oil and a paper towel! Yah!!

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I absolutely love working this way and I'm looking forward to experimenting more with encaustics. I think I'll do something more abstract next time? Hmmm...

Anyway, let me know if you have any questions. I'm FAR from an expert, obviously, but I'm here to help if I can! :)

Have a beautiful weekend and go try something new!

Much love,

Ivy

 

More Matisse love.

Hi all! Happy Friday. This week has been rough! I got sick, then Grace got sick...now Chris is sick. Ugh! It's such a domino effect! My throat is still killing me but I made myself paint yesterday. I couldn't stand it! Once I got Grace all cozy in her bed with toast and O.J., I armed myself with a strong cup of tea and got to work...

As many of you know I am taking Jeanne Oliver's course, Studying Under the Masters and one of our assignments was to study one of Matisse's works. I chose this piece, entitled - "The Idol" 1906.

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The intense colors, patterns and contrast attracted me to this piece, mostly because they are completely out of my comfort zone. I really wanted to push myself. The painterly brush strokes and somewhat unfinished elements to this work also made me nervous BUT I went for it anyway. I had started this work several days ago and was itching to finish it!

Here are some shots of my progress. (I had to keep reminding myself that the goal here was to learn from his techniques and NOT create a perfect replica. I'm not an art forger, after all! lol.)

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Just like Matisse, I executed my first sketch using charcoal and then did an under painting using Raw Umber.  My chosen substrate is a Blick Birch Panel.

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I blocked in the colors and tried not to think too much. Thinking while painting is over rated, in my opinion, too many icky, critical thoughts come up and inhibit the process. Trust me, I had many moments when I almost gave up! image copy 4

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As you can see, my scale was a bit off. So I decided to use a little artistic license, and add a bouquet of flowers in her hands. I'm sure Matisse wouldn't mind. ;)

This was such a wonderful experience. It really got me using bold colors and much looser brush strokes. I found the freedom of not making everything so refined very inspiring. I felt like I was painting with emotion and not logic.

Doing this piece inspired me to create my own little Matisse portrait. I was able to complete this in one sitting...which is SO not like me. I could go back and add more detail but I'm not sure I will. Leaving it a bit raw and primitive feels good.

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So far this e-course has blown my mind! It's always a good sign that my creativity is flowing when I start actually composing paintings in my head...(like all the time). It's a little distracting but it fills my heart with such joy.

They say life begins on the edge of your comfort zone and so far...I think that might completely true.

Have a beautiful weekend. Stay healthy!

xo,

Ivy

Inspired by Matisse

Hi there! How are you? Hope your week is treating you well. As for me, well, I'm a little overwhelmed with creative energy. You see, I just started this amazing online course with Jeanne Oliver called "Studying under the Masters". It's a nine week course with nine different teachers. Each week, we get a new teacher and a new Master to learn from.

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This first week has been with Jeanne teaching us about Henri Matisse. It has been an absolute delight!

Back in Art School, we covered Matisse and hundreds of other artists but was I really paying attention? Well... not so much. With so many lectures, dead lines, assignments, critiques and social events (keg parties)... let's just say I didn't absorb as much as I should have. Often, I took being a student for granted.

Now, learning has become precious to me. It wakes me up and makes me feel alive, connected and passionate. That's why I'm hooked on Jeanne's courses.

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Oh Matisse, you wonderful man! I didn't know I was so fond of your work till now! He was a master of color, pattern and portraits! I love how he captures a scene, flattens it and layers it with brilliant hues and complex patterns! His faces, sometimes refined and others primitive and simplified. However, his intensity is consistent. His pieces almost vibrate with energy and mood. Truly inspiring!

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Studying his work has made me feel free again...to just draw and play and not worry about perfection, perspective, technique. Just create and explore! I can't seem to stop drawing! Even the white board on our fridge is covered in doodles. :) Here are a few of my own little works that I did in my sketchbook...all inspired by Matisse!

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More projects to come! So...what artist inspires you?

Have a fantastic Friday.

xo,

Ivy

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An Art Gift

Hello friends! How was your weekend? We actually had a pretty quiet one, which was a welcome treat. I even got to do some collaging with a friend on Sunday afternoon - so much fun! I've been wanting to share this project with you for some time but I made it for a friend as a gift and I couldn't risk her seeing it on here. :) She received it on Friday so now I can show you!

I love these little 4" x 4" canvases because they are super affordable, easy to hang and you can usually finish up the project in a couple of hours depending on how elaborate you get.

I started by collaging vintage papers - covering all sides of the canvas. Then using chalk pastels and scrapbooking paper I added a second layer of color. Followed by a couple of doilies and some white acrylic paint applied with a brayer.

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To get that yummy encaustic look I love so much, I coated the piece with a layer of heavy gel medium, using wet fingers to smooth it all out.

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It hasn't quite dried yet in this shot...so when it does it will be a little bit more transparent.

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After the gel dried I added these lovely words and a vintage butterfly. My dear friend has been through a lot and has recently found love again (yah!) so I found these words inspiring for her.  They come from a poem by Alfred Tennyson entitled "Summer is Coming".

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I couldn't resist adding some details with my fav white gel pen...

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For more contrast, I added color to the butterflies' wings with acrylic paint.

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It was so wonderful to create something special for a good friend. I think I will be making more art as gifts in the future. As always, please let me know if you have any questions about this process. I am happy to help!

Being inspired to create something for someone you love is great motivation to get your ART on! Try it and surprise someone with a one of a kind treasure. :)

Have a lovely week!

xo,

Ivy

Vintage Silhouette Girl

Hi there! How are you? Well, 2014 is off to a good start here. Both Grace and I are using our studio and have been busy creating. We even ventured out and enjoyed a local art center where we both got to dive into our creations. So much fun!

The piece I'm about to share with you had been lying around forever. It started as one of those super cheesy Hallmark-like plaques from the 1980's that I found at the thrift store for 99 cents. It needed some love, so I gessoed it and proceeded to collage it with vintage papers. I added washes of color with my Gellatos and water. Love these little tubes of color! *tip* use pretty paper that you love to figure out your color palette. ;)

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I then continued to layer paint, doilies, washi tape and scrapbook paper. I also ran my brayer through white paint and rolled it over the piece a couple of times. What is hard to see here is the texture...it actually (accidentally) ended up with a faux encaustic look due to the thick layer of Heavy Gel medium I added thinking it would dry just how I wanted. It didn't. I panicked. I ended up scraping most of it off, cursing and then smoothing the whole layer using wet fingers. I thought I had totally screwed it up. But nope. I ended up loving the effect and discovering a new way to use gel. Yah! I LOVE when a mistake turns into something beautiful. It happens a lot in Art - if you can just push past that immediate panic.

(You can see the texture better in the pictures I took with my Big Girl camera below these iPhone pics.)

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Vintage silhouettes have always appealed to me, so I incorporated one into this piece instead of painting a girl. I found this silhouette here. Considering my art nouveau obsession, I couldn't just leave her be - she needed a lovely headpiece and flowers too!

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Here are some better shots of the finished work with accurate color too. The doodles and hand lettering came as a bit of a surprise to me - being outside my box - but it just felt right and it was fun to experiment with the boldness of the black ink and contrast of the white gel pen.

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I'm excited to try another silhouette piece and you should too! No drawing necessary! ;) Let me know if you have questions.

Thanks for letting me share my work!

Much love to you all.

xo,

Ivy

Art Journals to Adore

Hello there. I'm so excited I can hardly sit still. I just signed up to attend this retreat in May 2014! Eeek! I'm scared and incredibly happy at the same time - which I know is a good sign I'm doing something that I truly want to do. A long weekend, on Bainbridge Island creating art with 10 other women - it's gonna be total bliss! Plus, I'm going to actually meet one of my favorite online art teachers - Jeanne Oliver! Feeling very blessed. Anyways, I've been working more frequently in my art journal. Picking it up casually and sketching or jotting down a thought. It's becoming a little addictive. I was on Pinterest gathering jouranling inspiration and I thought I would show you some of my favorites. Just gorgeous...

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So inspiring right? I just got this book to help me get more creative with hand lettering too. Love it.

I'm off to go work in mine.

Have a beautiful Friday and a lovely weekend.

xo,

Ivy

Fall Magic

Hello. How are you? After a lovely breakfast with my dear friend, Amy...and nap-time happening as we speak...I find myself with some quiet time. So, I thought I better get around to sharing some of my Fall pictures with you before Winter is upon us! We are lucky enough to have a beautiful little forest at the back of our yard. On the edge of this peaceful wood is a gorgeous Japanese Maple tree. I love this tree and often find myself staring out the window at its elegant branches and delicate leaves. In the Fall it is truly magical; lit from within as the the autumn sunlight pierces the cold green shadows of the woods. Its leaves like tiny flames perfectly formed and glowing...

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Don't you love Fall?

Hope your week is treating you well.

xo,

Ivy

Into Fairy Land

Hi there! How are you all doing? We are having a slight shift in weather and it seems to be making me feel a bit moody. Ugh. I hate feeling like that. I know I should probably be blogging about Fall Home Decorating or something but I just don't feel like it...so instead I'm sharing another piece of artwork that I finished this weekend.

Art seems to be the only thing that calms my nerves these days and makes me so very happy. I could sit for hours creating if I had the chance to...

Oh, and I must tell you about this book.

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It has really helped me work more effectively and create more often! Love that! Of course I'm not sure how my family feels...I'm kinda taking over the living and dining room!

Okay on to the art...

So this is a mixed media piece using collage, acrylic paint and modeling paste. It had been sitting on my desk for months unfinished. It was supposed to be a self-portrait but I hated it.  So I painted over my face and started over. Sometimes you just have to do that and no, it's not supposed to be me anymore. :) I decided to make the face more primitive than usual for me and just draw from my mind instead of a visual reference.

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Then slowly building color. She's looking a bit pissed off though, isn't she? Not exactly what I was going for...

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So I painted out the eyebrows and lifted them to change her expression and open up the eyes. It's amazing how much power the eyebrows have when depicting an expression! I used modeling paste and a stencil to create the lace-like tendrils that hang down around her. They are nicely raised which adds a little dimension and texture to the piece. I found the words in a vintage book and loved the idea of her entering into a different world - Fairy Land. :) yah!

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Here is my happy mess on the dining room table!

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It felt so good to finally complete this piece. I have three more in the works!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

xo,

Ivy