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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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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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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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A New Year full of creativity

Hello my creative friends! Happy Friday! I hope your New Year is off to a beautiful start!

This is just a quick reminder that the Shades of White classroom is opening back up on Monday. We have a few more spots open if you want to jump in. This best selling Mixed Media class focuses on the subtlety of color and the power of composition. Registration will close on Monday or when we reach maximum occupancy so don’t miss out on this one! It’s a favorite!

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Other exciting news - I’m going to be introducing a series of Á la carte classes! These will be pulled from my workshops and will stand alone as single projects. A fabulously affordable way to fill your afternoon with a new project or simply try out something new!

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Keep an eye out for a the full Á la carte menu of creative classes coming SOON!

Okay - one last bit of love. You guys know I love encaustics and I also love learning new techniques. Nancy Crawford is a talented encaustic artist and she makes great little tutorial videos. In this one she uses pan pastels with her encaustics and I just love the look. I had to try it myself. Here is a pic of my own work incorporating this technique…

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Keep creating and have a wonderful weekend!!

 

Much love,

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Cyber Monday Deals

Happy Monday dear readers! It’s CYBER Monday and I couldn’t resist jumping in on all the Sale action going on all over the internet! I’ve had the pleasure of signing up for some of wonderful art classes because of the generous deals from my fellow online Art teachers, so I want to offer you guys a great deal too!

For the next 24 hrs my Mixed Media & Encaustic workshop: Whimsical Portraits and Dreamy Landscapes is 50% off!

Yup! Only $26!! :)

This information packed workshop includes two main projects PLUS two BONUS classes too! Over 5 hours of video, self paced and with life-time access. At this price it’s a great way to dive into some amazing Mixed Media projects or even gift it to a friend or loved one for the holidays! Click below to learn more and register.

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I also wanted to offer my Wing It class at 50% off too!

This incredible price of just $9.50 is rather irresistible and what a fun project to do over the holidays!

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A treat for you, a friend or loved one - this class can be done by ANYONE! It delivers beautiful results and is even kid friendly! I loved doing this project with my 9 year old daughter! You have lifetime access to this one too!

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Don’t miss out on these great prices! Remember only 24hrs! Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season!

Much love and gratitude to you all!

xo,

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Art Supply Giveaway Winner!

Good morning friends! I'm excited to announce that our winner for the Whimsical Portraits & Dreamy Landscapes Art Supply Giveaway is:

Stephanie Cogburn Cotter!

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Congrats Stephanie! I will be sending out your prize this week! Hope you enjoy using all your new Art goodies in this exciting online Mixed Media workshop!

Haven't signed up yet? Come on over and join us! Our ONLINE Classroom opens on June 23rd! This workshop is completely self-paced and you have lifetime access!

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Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Much love,

Ivy

iPad Art Overdose

Hello all! I hope you are well! I've been very busy finishing up my work for the Studying Under the Masters III class! I've learned so much from being Marie Laurencin's virtual apprentice!

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I'm so excited for it to begin May 5th! There is still time to sign up! Go here to register and come create with me! Or click below to purchase.

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In between shooting videos, editing and being a mom, I sneak in time to create art on my iPad. I don't always have the luxury (or time) to pull out all my art supplies and spend hours creating but my iPad gives me the art hit I need with no mess, no waste and it's simple to put it down and tend to my responsibilities (a two-year old who constantly needs snacks) and then pick it right back up and keep making art. Here are some of my most recent creations...

I've really enjoyed doing some of these whimsical portraits with animals...

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Madame Violet & her dog

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And some self portrait fun using my own photography...

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And even doing some landscapes/cityscapes and more experimental stuff that I don't usually do...

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this one I made entirely on my iPhone...

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If you happen to have an iPad or an iPhone consider playing with some of the many creative apps available. Using the power of technology is an amazing and powerful way to explore art, your creativity and further develop your style and composition with NO risk! Don't like something - Just click UNDO. Gotta love that! ;)

The apps I recommend are Procreate, Repix, icolorama, Brushstroke, DistressedFX and Stackables. There are many others but these are my favs right now.

Much love to you! Keep creating!

xo

Ivy

 

 

 

PicMonkey Tutorial is now available!

Hi there! Many of you have requested that I do tutorials on how I process my photography so I've finally been able to prepare a great intro tutorial about editing your portraits using PicMonkey. It's an online tool that makes editing fun and pretty intuitive but knowing how to use the tools and what not to use is key! Obviously it isn't as powerful as Photoshop but for many that is far too complicated and expensive. I believe PicMonkey is a great alternative for basic editing and enhancement. It is a go to for me when editing images for my blog!

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This tutorial is super approachable, easy to understand and I am here to assist as well. I hope to connect with those that take it on our own little Facebook page too, where I will be regularly sharing tips, techniques, textures, stock photos and filters to play with. If you've never done photo editing but would love to know how to enhance your portraits than this is a great tutorial for you.

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Go check out all the info over here on my Classes page.

Here are some examples of my own photography and what I've been able to achieve using the PicMonkey tools! So much fun!

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To sign up go here.

Let me know if you have any questions! Hope you enjoy it and remember I'm here to help!

xo,

Ivy

100 Faces

Hello there lovelies! How are you? Well...I gotta tell you...I'm absolutely loving Fall. I think it might be my favorite season. I've been cozying up in my home and creating A LOT of Art! I recently met a wonderful local artist via Instagram. We met for coffee at my favorite French cafe and we hit it off immediately. She's a total hoot and we got to geek out on all things Art. I even got to create together in her studio yesterday! Total bliss!

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She got me inspired to join a little Art movement called 100 Faces. Many artists have done this but the group I follow was started by Sharon Tomlinson. It's not really all that formal...just a general challenge to create 100 portraits- one a day. It seemed daunting but I decided I was up for it and started 10 days ago. Can I just tell you how amazing it has been?!

Finding time to truly practice Art is rather difficult for me with two little ones, a household to run and a hubby to keep happy but this wonderful commitment has already worked wonders for me. Will I actually get to 100? Who knows but I'm loving it right now so we'll just have to see.

There is a loving, vibrant and supportive community for this challenge online too - full of talented artists pushing themselves and inspiring us all. You can find this group via Facebook and Instagram (#onehundredfaces #onehundredfacestribe or #100faces). Looking back at my first ten - do I love them all? Nope. But - I can see my growth. I'm painting in water mixable oils and loving them. I am starting to see forms in faces that I had not noticed before and being able to translate those forms into dabs of paint in various values is a priceless skill.  One I hope to master some day. For now...I'll just take it a day at time.

Here are some of my favorites so far...

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Had to do a Frida she is my #9. I'm studying her in Jeanne Oliver's Studying under the Masters online class! Loving it!

Oh and this Nature nymph was created for Jeanne's other online class - Woodland girls. She was actually painted on a wood slice that I picked up at Michaels. Loved doing this one!

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If you are looking to improve your faces and enjoy a lively, helpful and inspiring online group of artists! I highly recommend taking up the challenge! It's free and it's fun! Let me know if you decide to start! I would love to follow your progress.

Much love to you all,

Ivy

P.S. Quick reminder that my Mixed Media Workshop on December 6 is filling up! If you want to reserve your seat go here to register! It's gonna be a fun filled weekend! I'm opening up my home on Sunday morning too for an Open Studio session! Can't wait to create with some amazing souls!