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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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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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A New Mixed Media Collage class!

Hello, hello! More abundant sunshine over here in Portland! Everyone seems to have more energy and bigger smiles! Love that.

Today, I'm not only smiling because it's sunny - I'm grinning from ear to ear because I have some juicy news to share with you!

I'm excited to announce that I have the honor of hosting a gorgeous Mixed Media Collage class with the uber talented, Petra Hrziwnatzki!

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It's in production right now but registration will open very SOON! If you want to be the first to know head on over to my site and add your name to the waitlist! You are not going to want to miss this one!

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Petra's work is delicate yet powerful, infused with inspiring words and favorite quotes. Soft colors swirl through the pieces and are perfectly balanced with creamy whites while sparks of pretty collage papers peek through the layers. These dreamy pieces resonate a deep sense of peace and hope.

 

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Petra's heart is all about uplifting and inspiring others and you can clearly feel that through her artwork.

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In this class, she will be walking you through her beautiful process so that you too can create these meaningful and heartfelt mixed media collages!

To see more of Petra's enchanting work and learn more about this talented artist please visit her lovely site.

Petra and I will see you in class!! Don't forget to add your name to the waitlist so we can let you know the minute registration opens!

Have a fabulous day!

xo,

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Student Spotlight : Janet Reid

Hello there beautiful friends! We are bathing in Spring sunlight here in Portland and it makes everyone a little giddy - me included! I've been super busy in the studio preparing for new classes and exploring lots of new techniques.

My students have also been busy bees - creating the most gorgeous art! I can't even express how much joy that brings me! So much joy that I have decided to start sharing these amazing artists with you! I will begin to do periodic Student Spotlight posts so you can witness the talent and beauty emerging from these shining souls!

Today, I want to introduce you to Janet Reid!

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Janet has been a long time student and Facebook friend. I admired her work immediately and have since, seen her grow and expand her talents in great strides. She has an innate ability to compose lyrical and poetic arrangements. Both her digital and traditional collages beg the viewer to look deeper and wonder at the symbolism and mystery within.

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I asked Janet a few questions so you guys can get to know her a little better - a peek into her beautiful mind and creative heart...

What inspires you?

Honestly....everything!  I am so lucky to live in a beautiful place--Santa Barbara--and all around me I see color, and texture, and composition just naturally occurring every day. I'm inspired by fellow artists, especially on Instagram.  Everyday I check my feed and feel like I'm being bathed in beauty and talent.  It's like artistic nourishment.  And I'm inspired by the wonderful teachers I've been so fortunate to have recently and all the work I have seen that has been shared in class Facebook pages.  Ivy has been an invaluable part of my artistic journey. She is a true inspiration!

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What are you trying to express with your art?

Different things at different times.  Sometimes it's a story or an idea I try to express visually.  Other times the art has "a mind of its own" and the concept or message becomes clear to me only after it's finished or during the process itself.  That's when it feels magical.  Being a mixed media artist gives me a lot of freedom to work both abstractly and figuratively and at times to combine the two.  What I hope gets expressed is the joy I feel when I am doing it.  Right now, my work with encaustic collage is like a dream come true.

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How do you deal with your inner critic and trust your creative instincts?

Oh, that little voice....usually I can silence her by just continuing.  Sometimes, I will hear her say, "Ok, that was a failure," but I've come to almost welcome that point.  That's when I give up trying to make something work and just see what will happen--the "I have nothing to lose" feeling.   Many times something even more wonderful comes out of that moment--the giving in.  Trusting my instincts has become a learned process.  My advice to anyone who struggles with this is to simply keep working, keep creating.  Try to do something creative each and every day--a snapshot with your phone or a full blown painting--it doesn't matter.  Just keep looking and seeing.

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(I'm the proud owner of this one! I love seeing it hanging in my studio.)

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This is only a small sampling of Janet's stunning work. Please check out her Etsy store! It's a visual delight! Other places to connect with Janet - Facebook & Instagram (her feed is YUMMY!).

I hope you have enjoyed viewing Janet's work and stay tuned for more Student Spotlight posts!

As always, thank you for your love and support!

xo,

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Spring Sale Extended!

Hello everyone,

Due to the site being down for a period of time this morning, I've decided to extend the sale for an extra 24hrs! The sale will now end on March 24th.

Please enjoy this extra day to select your favorite workshops. Remember, all my classes are have lifetime access, are self paced and downloadable! So, even if you are busy with other classes - this is a great opportunity to stock up!

Looking forward to seeing you in class soon!

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Enjoy your Sunday!!

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!

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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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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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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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The Inner Critic and my Spirit Horses

Hello beautiful souls, How are you all doing? Spring is starting to show up around here. I adore all the sweet pink buds and daffodils! While the flowers have been blooming, I've been busy in the studio filming for my new class - Spirit Horse.

Let me tell you - these Spirit Horse are teaching me so much! I'm creating this class to give others the courage to create large Horse art and  WOW - I've found that my own courage is being challenged!!

My inner-critic has been on overdrive! I can hear her sniping at me - awful words and thoughts about myself. She's a real pain and while I usually can keep her at bay, she jumped me a couple of days ago and I felt like a complete failure. Yeah...she's not the most accurate voice in my head but she can be the loudest!

I decided I needed to drown her out and blast some music (Sia) and just draw like a crazy lady. Fast, (using the wrong hand half the time) and attack the page with charcoal and water! 15 drawings later...something emerged...something beautiful...something loving, something powerful!

The next three drawings flowed out of me. I cried the entire time (mostly out of relief and joy).

These beautiful Spirit horses arrived with such an overwhelming energy of love. It completely blew me away. I hardly knew what was happening.

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Once we can silence that inner critic our creative muse comes out to play. I am so grateful she didn't move out entirely!!

I encourage you to do this if you find yourself paralyzed by fear and self doubt it your art! Move your body! Dance! Sing! And then approach the easel with an open and gentle heart. See what emerges as your inner critic starts to quiet.

Share your art with me! I would love to see it! You can post on my Facebook page!

Much love to you all!

xo,

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ArtWorthy 2016 - behind the scenes!

Hi there! How are you doing? I am feeling quite refreshed, since I just got the lovely opportunity to get away for a few days with my dear friend, Trina Lee! We stepped away from our sweet families to work on our program for our sold out, upcoming art and healing retreat -  ArtWorthy 2016!

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It was a completely inspiring experience and I got to learn more about what it is to be an art teacher and creative guide! Not only did we wallpaper the  place with post-it notes as we organized our thoughts but we also worked through stubborn, creative and emotional blocks that we each were holding.

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Utilizing both Trina's expertise with EFT and my creative mojo, we managed to not only honestly face our Inner Critic but we also encountered our own creative intuition. By allowing the two to co-exist through the act of creating art, we moved swiftly through the fear and self-doubt and found ourselves happily immersed in the moment.

Trina emerged with beautiful, sweet owls...her spirit animal for sure! (She even got up early one morning and added that baby owl while I was still sleeping!!) This from the girl who says - "I don't paint!" ;)

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Some really fun and interesting art came out of this trip for me too! I got to capture my creepy inner critic...yeah...don't ask...let's just say that she's a royal pain in the a** and she stems from crippling experiences in my childhood. We all have a bit of her in us...even if we don't want to say so. She sounds like this for me "What are you doing?" "You know you are going to fail right?" "You are not strong enough to do that!" "Wow...you are really stupid!" ugh...yeah...

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However, after getting out that icky stuff, these loving spirit horses visited me and I painted them quickly and passionately with a feeling of unconditional self love - something I rarely (if ever) experience. It rocked me to my core! Primitive as they may be, they came from a place deep inside that lovingly accepts every single cell of who I am. Wowsers...what was going on? Meanwhile, Trina was bouncing around painting with joy! Some serious ArtWorthy magic was happening! spirit horses

Finally we tackled a quick, expressive and intuitive self-portrait that was aimed to reflect our essence and worthiness over realism. A reflection of ourselves without limiting beliefs! So yeah - I'm looking pretty happy, relaxed and uber confident with my birds and feathers. ;)

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Can you tell I only brought 5 paint colors!!? HA! I didn't think we were actually going to paint!

All in all, I was completely blown away by our experience planning for ArtWorthy. It was work- sure - but it gave back to us two-fold. Now, feeling more prepared and even more inspired, I can't wait to share the lessons, meditations, EFT sessions and more with our amazing ArtWorthy guests. Feeling so filled with gratitude!

Much love to you all!

xo,

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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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WINNER of the ArtWorthy Giveaway

Happy Friday everyone!! Just wanted to pop in and announce that the winner for the ArtWorthy 2016 giveaway is:

Karen Goetz!

Congrats Karen! I will be in touch with you so we can get that bundle of goodies sent to you!

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Also, wanted to remind you that there are ONLY 3 more days for the early bird registration price for the ArtWorthy Retreat! A savings of $100!

Plus, check out this beautiful new promo video we made for you guys! We are beyond excited and we only have 5 more spots left!

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Don't miss out on this amazing, healing and creativity filled journey!

Have a gorgeous weekend!

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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Outlander Art Retreat: Scotland

Hello my friends! I do hope you are well and that the holiday season is treating you kindly. I know it's crazy busy! We got the tree up early this year and the house is all decked out in lights and trim. So pretty!

In the midst of all the festive mayhem, I've been plugging along on a very, very important project of mine. A dream really....that has finally come to light. I've meticulously planned my first international Art Retreat for May 2017!!  Now, I just need guests to take along with me!

Who loves Art AND Outlander? Show of hands! Well, I do and I'm hoping some of you do too because that's what this Art Adventure is all about!

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I have found as an artist, that nothing inspires me more than travel and good stories! The Outlander books first captivated me (completely) when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I devoured the books and created art around the characters. I even named my second daughter, Claire. It's not a co-incidence!! ;)

A fan? Yup! A fanatic? Yeah, maybe but I thought why not combine two of my passions? A perfect excuse to travel with some like minded friends and see Scotland while creating art along the way!

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So who's with me? As Jamie would say..."Je suis prest!" (I am ready.)

If you want to read more about this extraordinary journey come check out the page here or click on the image below.  I've got a detailed day by day itinerary all planned out! It's dreamy!

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I hope to meet some of you in Scotland!

Happy Holidays and much love to you all!

xo,

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Paint & Pixels ART to Adore

Good Morning! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start! I’m here to share with you about how delighted and proud Robin and I are of our past Paint & Pixels Students! In fact, we made a little Art Show video to showcase the amazing talent pouring out of the online classroom and FB group! Take a peek and get your dose of gorgeous art for the day!

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Pretty awesome right?! Yes...these were all created on the iPad! Such a powerful creative tool!

We are also so thrilled to announce that due to demand, we have  re- opened up the doors to the Paint & Pixels classroom.

So if you missed it, you now have your chance to take this innovative class as a self-paced online study - at a very affordable price too!

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Have a beautiful week!

xo,

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Winner of Let's Face It Workshop Giveaway!

Hello my friends! Oh my goodness! I got a little caught up in filming classes and neglected to announce the winner of the fabulous Let's Face It online workshop giveaway! Registration opens TOMORROW! Don't miss it!

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So...with out further ado the winner is Suzy Norris! Congrats Suzy!

Thank you all who entered, left sweet comments and shared the news of the class online!

I'll be bringing you some gorgeous artwork this week plus some of my favorite art books too! So keep an eye out in your inbox.

Okay back to work! I'm knee deep in Art History study!

xo,

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Flight & Feather - A New Online Mixed Media and encaustic workshop

Hi there friends! Hope your week is off to a great start! The Fall weather here has been outstanding and we even managed to get out to the Oregon wine country and picnic with the kids this weekend! We happen to have some lovely friends who have a beautiful vacation rental home out there that I got to help decorate! Very fun to juice up the ole' interior designer brain that doesn't get much use anymore!

Anyway, I have some seriously exciting news to share! I have just opened up registration for my new online mixed media and encaustic workshop - Flight & Feather!

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This two week online workshop will explore the magic, grace and beauty of birds! When I look around my studio, I notice how many bird images and sweet stray feathers I have lying about. Birds appear in my work all the time, so I was inspired to create a class all about them!

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We will be completing 4 main projects and several studies and exercises. These creations would make beautiful gifts for loved ones and friends for the upcoming holiday season too!

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Things that we will cover in the workshop:

  • A guided tour of Birds in Art throughout history
  • Bird symbolism and mythology
  • Creating bird sketches with ink and charcoal on vintage papers
  • A study of drawing feathers and wings
  • Bird poetry inspired art journal spread
  • How to set up your encaustic wax
  • A bird/woman metamorphosis portrait collage
  • Feather & Wax Collage
  • Landscape/Bird collage with wax, oil sticks and gold leaf

This class is a must for anyone who loves birds and ART!  

I really enjoy guiding and communicating with my students, so I will only be taking a limited number. Registration will close when the classroom reaches maximum occupancy. 

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For more info and to register please click the button below.

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I look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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