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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,

 

An Art Tutorial for you!

Hello friends!

Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is off to a beautiful start.

I have been very busy preparing lessons for my new class and I was challenged by a fellow artist to create a piece of art inspired by one of her wonderful ballet photographs. I couldn't resist, so here it is! In my usual style, she goes through several transitions. I worked quickly and loosely with both my dominant and non-dominant hands. I hope you enjoy.

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If you enjoyed this video I have many more FREE tutorials. You can check them out here.

Much love and gratitude to you all!

xo,

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Happy Holidays Sale

Hello lovely blog readers!

I hope this year has been FULL of beautiful things for you. I'm sending you all so much love and best wishes for this festive season! Thank you for being the most fantastic students ever. I'm so grateful for each of you.

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SHOP THE SALE NOW!

So...we figured a good SALE is always a fun way to kick off the merry days to come, so check out this amazing line up of our FANTASTIC online art classes including a couple of NEW additions.

Remember, our classes are self-paced, downloadable and all have lifetime access so they are there for you to enjoy at your leisure. Stock up now and have art classes ready to GO all year long!

Give yourself the gift of creative inspiration.

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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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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A Free Mixed Media Tutorial

Hello lovelies! How's it going? Hope all is well in your part of the world!

In the past couple of weeks, I've had the most amazing opportunities to meet some on my online friends in real life! I am continually amazed at the beautiful and real connections that form over the internet and the wonderful opportunities that emerge from those connections!

One online friend I would love to meet, is the fabulous Donna Downey! You can imagine how honored I was when she asked me to create a Mixed Media Tutorial for her blog! Woo! So fun! She featured it a few weeks back but I wanted to share it with you guys too, in case you missed it.

This piece is called "Into the Light" and it is a process of stenciling, paint, collage and encaustic wax! And yes, even some sculpture. I hand made her wings with paper, wire and wax.

You can watch the entire process of me creating this OVER HERE!

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I hope you enjoy! My plan for the New Year is to create more of these free projects. I'm so excited....I have a list of ideas brewing.

Please do share your experience if you try this project out - I would love to hear from you.

Much love and gratitude,

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Create ART Anywhere!

Hello there creatives,

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm offering instant access to this innovative and FUN class. I adore creating on my iPad BUT I also LOVE making art right on my iPhone. It's always with me, which means I can make ART anytime, anywhere! Now, I'm excited to share my favorite techniques with you guys.

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Whether you love creating portraits, landscapes or even abstracts you can do this ALL on your iPhone using a combination of apps and tools. I'm going to walk you thru the entire process - from creation to printing! Plus, I show you how to manipulate your own photos and share my favorite photo resources.

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Come learn more and register now.

ONLY $37 for Lifetime access.

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Here are just a few of the pieces I have created on my iPhone! The possibilities are endless!

I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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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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5 Day Autumn Sale

Hello everyone!

Autumn is my favorite season of the year! All around us the leaves are turning gorgeous colors and the wind has a little nip to it. We will be deep in winter before long!

The best way to beat the winter blues and fill your days with joy is to do ART, right? So to make sure you are all stocked up for the chilly months ahead we are having our annual 5 DAY long SALE! 

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The brilliant part about our classes is that they are all self-paced, downloadable and you get lifetime access. So no worries if you don't have time now - your classes will be waiting for you!

With the holidays just around the corner, our classes make the perfect gift for a friend or relative OR think about creating ART as gifts for those important people in your life. Nothing could be more special!

I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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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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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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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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Ask Ivy - the Inner Critic & Life Balance

Hi there readers, How's life been treating you? We are still recovering from the long weekend and are headed into a heat wave here in Portland! Yikes!

I have managed to stay cool in the studio and just finished shooting my next "Ask Ivy" episode. In this one, I answer a couple of questions about the inner-critic and finding (or not finding) balance in my life ;) ...check it out... [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiI14A7MESg] So here are a couple of books I would like to recommend on these topics that are sitting next to my bed...

Love this guy's whole belief that we are not actually after balance but rather satisfaction! I like that he de-mystifies the life-work balance concept...especially since it eludes me! lol!

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And this one just arrived on my doorstep. It is pretty, inviting and full of wonderful ideas, inspiration and creative ways that we can work with our inner critic...

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I'll be sharing some Art to Adore tomorrow from one of my favorite artists!

Hope you have a beautiful Wednesday!

xo,

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Memorial Weekend Sale

Hello there! Happy Friday! I hope your week went well! Mine was a bit of a whirlwind so I'm plenty ready for the long holiday weekend.

To kick it off, we are doing a Memorial Weekend Sale of select classes!

Enter Discount Code: CREATE30 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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Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

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Ask Ivy

Hello there and Happy Wednesday! 

I wanted to pop in and tell you that I've started a new segment where you - my fellow creatives - ask me your questions about creativity, art making and living an artful life. Every Wednesday, I post a video where I choose a few of your questions and do my very best to answer them. If you would like to submit a question for me, you can go here.

You can watch the first episode below...

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Also, I would love to personally invite you to my Facebook Creative Community! A vibrant group of wonderful creatives have gathered here to support, inspire and connect with one another.  We would love to have you!

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Happy creating!

xo,

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Spring Sale!

Hello my creative friends! Happy First Day of Spring!!

Everywhere flowers are blooming and trees are budding with new life! To celebrate this season of growth - we are discounting our top selling workshops by 30%! Spring is the perfect time to try something NEW!!

Come shop the sale now!

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We would love to have you join us! So come create something and revel in this beautiful season of renewal!

xo,

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My creative workshop on Bainbridge Island

Hello friends! How was your weekend? Fabulous, I hope. I was busy with the usual family stuff but I have to admit it was hard to stay out of the studio! I've been making so much art lately and it seems the more I make the MORE I want to make! Creativity truly does build upon itself!

Speaking of creative, I'm so excited to let you know that I've been invited by the lovely Serena Berry to come teach on Bainbridge Island, WA. I'm over the moon!

This Mixed Media workshop is called "The Intuitive Muse" and it's all about connecting with our inner creative guidance system and learning to trust our instincts when it comes to making our art! This promises to be a healing and nurturing event full of new discovery and exploration!

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It's going to be a truly special weekend! To read all about it head on over to Serena's site. Registration is now OPEN (only 11 spots available).

I can't wait to create with you!

Much love and gratitude,

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