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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! :)

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 LOVE!

Hello lovely readers! Happy Friday! I have been knee deep in production for my new workshop and I'm still reeling from my extraordinary experience a last weekend!

Many of you know, that I recently hosted my Art & Healing Retreat - ArtWorthy with my dear friend Trina Lee.

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We poured our love into designing this retreat to ensure a special, luxurious and heartfelt experience and it was well worth it! In fact, this retreat completely blew me away! I will be forever moved by the love I felt from each beautiful soul in attendance!

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From the location to the food, to the art making, to the remarkable healing - every minute was filled with magic and LOVE!

It was so incredibly rewarding to see the relationship between EFT and Art and how, by accessing our inner critic and inner guide (thru EFT, meditation and visualization) we could then move straight to productive and cathartic expression through Art!

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Trina and I had personally witnessed this connection but to then see it realized by a group was simply astounding!

We also began to observe how universal our inner critic is and how its message is rather unoriginal. Each woman was being held back by that critical voice but by actualizing it on paper it lost much of its power! This observation and practice brought all the women closer and truly created a safe and sacred space for healing and creation.

With the inner critic put in its place we could move on to celebrating and creating with the authentic self or inner guide! What joy flooded the room as we were able to embrace this all-knowing and all-loving aspect of ourselves. Soulful, beautiful artwork emerged and tears of joy and relief flowed.

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I will be changed forever by each of the women that joined us for this groundbreaking weekend.

I wish to send out my deepest gratitude to them all for coming on this journey with us. I also want to thank my amazing friend Trina for all that she did to help my dream become a reality! I can't wait for the next one!!

If you are interested in attending ArtWorthy in 2017 please click below to add your name to the list. You will be the first to hear about all future plans!

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Much love to you all!

xo,

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Winner of Inspired Collage Giveaway

Hello lovely readers! I do hope your week is going well so far! I just got back from my Art & Healing Retreat - ArtWorthy and it was AMAZING! I will be writing more about that very soon!

Today, I wanted to announce and congratulate Kelly Landon!! She is the winner of our fabulous Inspired Collage giveaway!

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Congrats Kelly! For those of you who have not signed up for Inspired Collage, now is the time! Class starts May 10th and it's going to be a beautiful Mixed Media workshop!! Click below to sign up now!

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Much love and gratitude,

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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 Art Auction

Hello there friends! I hope you are all having a lovely Monday! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that tomorrow, I will be the featured artist in a big Facebook Art Auction! Go here to join in on the fun!

I will have over 36 pieces of my Artwork up for bidding including both originals and beautiful stretched canvas prints!

Here's a sneak peek at some of the pieces that will be up for sale...

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I would love to "see" you there! It's a very fun crowd and the bidding wars can be downright entertaining!

Wish me luck!

Have a beautiful afternoon!

xo,

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Poetry & Paint

Hello there and Happy Friday! Goodness! It's been so crazy around here! My ArtWorthy retreat is in just under two weeks, I'm in production on my new class , I spruced up the blog (it needed it) and well...I just got back from Mexico! I can't complain though because - truly it's all GOOD. Good crazy is just fine...right? I can deal with good crazy. ;)

I will be sharing pics from Mexico soon but I wanted to share some new work that I completed recently. These paintings kinda came of the blue for me...along with the words that followed. It always surprises and astounds me how much of our subconscious can emerge when creating art.

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This piece was inspired by the photography of Errikos Andreou. I just loved the pose. It spoke volumes to me. I used a mixture of charcoal, liquid pencil, acrylic paint and gesso to create this.

While trying to name this piece a poem came to me...

I hold the strands of my life. Ribbons of light, bone, blood. Memory. The tide has come in. Washed it all away. I am left with what remains.

It was both thrilling and a tad alarming to have these words spill from my pen onto the page. I am still slightly  unsure where these emotions came from...

Immediately after that one I created this piece -

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Again words accompanied the painting...

Clinging to the shore a tether to my heart. At once, I am engulfed beneath the waters. Silent. Reborn.

A third piece is in the works. I feel like a series has begun here for me - a new and exciting adventure.

Have you had poetry emerge with your art? I would love to hear about your experiences.

Have a beautiful and creative Saturday.

xo,

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