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During the month of  January I came across Studioworks Creative Academy through a dear friend that recommended it to me. Her excitement was so contagious that I went to check it for myself. She was right! Ivy Newport has put together a great opportunity. For $19 USD per month you receive a creative membership with  unlimited access to all the classes Ivy has on her website, the new classes to come and also a  beautiful magazine with amazing content. As an introduction to her new magazine “Studioworks Journal” Ivy provided a preview. Well I was so excited to take a peek and she did not disappoint me with the amount of visual content that she had included. Every article has been crafted with care and in a way that  sparks your own creativity from the beginning. The richness of articles, videos and the creative prompts offered is what propels you to learn…

I was thinking about the days I have spent learning to paint and draw, thinking about what brought me to start. I am aware that I still do not know a lot, even when I have invested in growing my skills, but I am also able to see that I know more than before. I have always had this passion for art even though in the past I never took the time to sit and learn more about it. I just kept day dreaming about how awesome would be to learn how to paint and then seconds later I got busy with my life again. I have had these sporadic moments when I regretted not being proactive in that regard, but then again something else came up and I got entangled in life again. When I was little I was fortunate to have a mom that cared about the things…

I’m so excited to have been able to interview my mentor in art Paivi Eerola creator of Peony and Parakeet.  She is from Finland and worked as a software engineer and industrial designer in the past. Her passion for art has driven her to become a full-time artist. She has developed many classes and I will be forever grateful for encountering her through the internet. I  took my first class in April 2017, and since then I have signed up for many more. She is an amazing teacher always innovating as she looks for ways to boost creativity and imagination. Her classes are easy to follow and she finds ways to connect with you and share different processes that lead a beginner like me to create art. She allows each student to express and communicate through painting and we are not tied up to her personal style. On the contrary, she inspires…

I participated in a free online workshop named “Sketchbook Revival” hosted by Karen Abend and sponsored by Sketchbook Skool. The classes were easy to follow and the videos were filled with a friendly approach. I really appreciated all the effort and care provided by Karen Abend and each instructor during this workshop. I loved the way each  of them gave us a little peek to their work and also allowed us to see what inspired them to create their art. In addition to that they also provided tips on how to motivate our artistic soul to keep creating in the middle of our busy life or in those days when we think that our creativity is not sparking as fast as we would like.   I wanted to share with you my “Sketchbook” journal because I think this is a way to show you how much fun I had during this time. I definitely recommend…

Four months have passed by and I wanted to give a review about Bloom and Fly, created by Päivi Eerola.  I wanted to share with you my take on this art membership in case you are curious or you want to join. I have enjoyed Bloom and Fly a lot. The camaraderie and the intense infusion of inspirational posts that come daily are amazing. Many creative people working constantly, it is equal to a “brain freeze” in an artful manner. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed as it is hard not to spark ideas of your own and have a traffic jam. The range of skills vary and I sometimes feel like a pre-school girl but I’m happy to know that I can grow and achieve pieces that I feel proud of, even when I’m also capable to see that I’m missing techniques or quality. Every month we get to have a…