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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,

 

A NEW CLASS- Abstract Art on your iPad

Hello there creatives, I'm thrilled to announce that registration for this BRAND NEW CLASS with artist, Tricia Dewey is now OPEN.

Tricia has discovered innovative and truly creative techniques for creating gorgeous abstract figurative work on her iPad! Her work is full of mystery, emotion and modern texture and design!

If you have wanted to learn more about using these amazing devices and explore ground breaking new ways of creating expressive art - then this is the class for you!

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Come learn all about it and register by clicking below. This exciting workshop should not be missed! Don't miss the early bird price either!

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Stunning examples of Tricia's contemporary and evocative work...

 

So get your imagination and your iPad ready! We will see you in class!

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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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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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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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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Early bird registration!

Hello there! Happy Friday night! Hope everyone is doing well! I was gonna wait till next week to let you know but I just couldn't wait - I just opened up EARLY BIRD registration for my brand NEW online class - Sacred Landscape!

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I think you will absolutely love making art this way - so come join me on this journey into abstraction, expression, color and composition!

You can read all about this NEW online class here!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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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Horse Art & beautiful interiors

Happy Friday my friends!

For the past couple of days, the sun has been out for us here in Portland and we couldn't be more pleased! Sunshine, daffodils and pink blossoming trees! Sigh...Spring is almost here!

Along with the flowers, I've also been completely delighted by the artwork coming out of the first session of my online Mixed Media workshop - Spirit Horse!  Such beautiful expressive work right?! Some of my students are painting horses for the first time! It's so exciting to see that! Other's are very experienced equine artists who are allowing themselves to loosen up and joyously paint their hearts out in this new and freeing way!

 Artists from top left, Mayrse Perdriat, Jane Alice Strand, Patti Sandham, Denise Milledge, Deb Weiers

Check it out! Registration is now open for the second session of this class! Click below to join us!

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This class has brought me so much joy, since I for one, had never allowed myself the pleasure of painting horses - why? -  because I simply believed I couldn't do it! I pushed through that limiting belief and painted bold, beautiful horses that made my heart happy!

Here are a few of my pieces! I took the liberty of putting them into beautiful rooms digitally so you could get a feel for them! How gorgeous is this first room by Danielle Oakley? She's one talented lady!

These three colorful girls I titled -"The Three Graces"  - Such a fun and playful piece that I loved creating!

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This one is called "Beloved" and is glimmering with gold leaf. It's inspired by the work of Erica Nordean - an amazing equine artist! This one was also a delight to create. Working large was expansive for me and really helped me express the horse!

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And here is my Painted Horse Collage you may recognize from the Sprit Horse promo! He looks quite handsome in this room I think!

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Thanks for taking a peek at my horse art. I hope you have a gorgeous weekend! Happy creating!

xo,

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Collage Workshop with Crystal Neubauer

Hello there! I hope your week is going smoothly! I just returned home from Bainbridge Island, WA yesterday. The workshop with Crystal Neubauer was amazing!

She is a kind, passionate and generous teacher. I loved learning more about not only her process but the emotions, symbolism and personal meaning in her work. There is nothing better than hearing from an artist why she does the things she does in her creations.

The first day we foraged for natural elements to create our own mark making tools! We bundled up and went beach combing. Here are Robin and I out to find natural treasures!

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I came back with a pretty nice stash...

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It was such a delight to construct beautiful brushes to create gorgeous and unique marks with black india ink! Perfect for creating collage papers!

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On the second day, we got a tour of the beautiful Wacky Nut Farm - where the workshop was being held. This beautiful location is an exclusive equine center with the most exquisite horses you've even seen! After just doing my Spirit Horse class, it was quite a treat to connect with these majestic animals. This is Indigo - a sweet Fresian mare. I loved her!

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After our barn tour, we got right back to work. Piles of delicious collage papers awaited! Under Crystal's lovely guidance we created all day long! She showed us wonderful techniques and composition tips too!

I came away with these collages...

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Also, if you guys haven't already bought Crystal's book - it's a must!

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Much love to you all!

xo,

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A free mixed media tutorial - The Painted Horses

Happy Friday!! I truly hope your week has been lovely! I'm super duper excited because I'm heading out on a road trip to Bainbridge Island, WA with my friend Robin to attend a Crystal Neubauer collage workshop! Wooo!

In preparation for the trip, I even did a practice collage in Crystal's beautiful style. I absolutely loved working with all my yummy vintage ephemera!

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I will definitely be sharing my experience with you guys when I return next week!

In the meantime, I promised you a free art lesson! This one was inspired from my Spirit Horse workshop! It's a fun, easy to do project that is perfect for a quiet afternoon, to do with some friends or even get your kiddos involved! I hope you will get your creative juices flowing and give it a go!

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Much love and gratitude to you all and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! If you do happen to do this art project and you want to share your creation with me - I would be delighted! You can post it to my Facebook page!

xo,

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Storyteller's Art Workshop II

Hello there! I hope you are all doing well! I've been busy wrapping my Spirit Horse workshop! I'm excited to for the classroom to open this week!

Another very exciting bit of news to share - The Storyteller's Art Workshop is back open for registration! The second session will begin March 14th! This class has been a huge success - with the students in the first group already creating beautiful artwork and inspiring stories!

If you missed the chance to take this class last time, now's your chance to jump in!

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I'll be sharing a new free project video I just completed this week! So stay tuned!

Much love and gratitude,

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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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Crystal Neubauer Workshop

Hi there friends, Happy Friday!

I'm so excited to share about this fantastic workshop on Bainbridge Island, WA - March 11- 13, 2016! Come join me! There are only 4 spots left!! If you are not familiar with Crystal's gorgeous collages let me show you...

These textural, abstract collages are just dreamy to me. This girl knows composition!!! I love how she creates exquisite balance, contrast and tension! And all those gorgeous vintage element....sigh...

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I would love to see you there! I'm so thrilled at the opportunity to be the student instead of the teacher!

Much love,

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New Online Mixed Media Workshop - Spirit Horse

Good morning my friends!

I’m so very thrilled to share with you the news that I have a brand NEW workshop offering!

This idea had been running through my mind for some time now. What a joy it is to bring it to light! I have always loved horses but never gave myself permission to paint them, thinking...well...that I just wasn’t skilled enough! Well, I busted through that limiting belief and now I can’t stop painting them!

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If you love horses and have been yearning to create them in your own work then come join me as I guide you through the creation of THREE major works of Mixed Media art! I’m talking BIG finished, glorious, bold, expressive paintings that you can hang or sell right away! No previous experience necessary!

Come read more about it here!

I can't wait to see you in class!

xo,

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