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Decorative Chinese fans for Art Class 🎨❤️#iloveart #art #painting #drawing #watercolor #artclass #artofinstagram #chineseart #therubynest #julieippoliti
Trying something new with my seed pods. Wood burning and a small, rotary tool. It doesn't really work on the older dried pods but it's good practice waiting for my dried gourds from an Amish Farm to get here 😬🤓#nerdalert #itsthelittlethings #gourdsgetmeexcited #seedpods #seedpodart #art #natureart #deer #artofinstagram #woodburning #woodburningart #folkart #therubynest #julieippoliti
A bit of a different twist... less paint, more vintage textiles. #art #folkart #pegdolls #kokeshidolls #artofinstagram #therubynest #julieippoliti
Some of us are created to create. To depict the world through the lens of an imperfect and even flawed observer. To find unity and harmony and beauty in nature and people and even in discord and devastation. It seems ones innate obstacles and setbacks in life provide perspective and experience to the observer in ways they would have never known. "If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, as an artist, will answer you:  I am here to live out loud". ~emile Zola #emilezola #artquotes #art #artofinstagram #painting #portrait #fridakahlo #vincentvangogh #salvadordali #artist #vintageartsupplies #therubynest #julieippoliti
Some of us are created to create. To depict the world through the lens of an imperfect and even flawed observer. To find unity and harmony and beauty in nature and people and even in discord and devastation. It seems ones innate obstacles and setbacks in life provide perspective and experience to the observer in ways they would have never known. "If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, as an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud". ~emile Zola #emilezola  #artquotes  #art  #artofinstagram  #painting  #portrait  #fridakahlo  #vincentvangogh  #salvadordali  #artist  #vintageartsupplies  #therubynest  #julieippoliti 
Staying quiet, listening to my thoughts, praying for people all over the world. #art #drawing #journaling #heart #folkart #milagros #innereye #artofinstagram #therubynest #julieippoliti
Inspired by the reminder from @peregrineblues "For tomorrow may rain so, I'll follow the sun". And, serendipitously, a ray of sun shined across my little sketch. ☔️☀️#art #drawing #portraitdrawing #artofinstagram #whimsy #sunshine #journaling #therubynest #julieippoliti #lyrics #beatlessongs
Oh, you know me, I couldn't stop. Thank you for your help @peregrineblues with the beautiful lyrics. #art #niche #retablos #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #dayofthedeadart #artofinstagram #assemblageart #folkart #therubynest #julieippoliti
"The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them" Age is beautiful; #8 (Inspired by a photo on Pinterest) #paulocoelho #thealchemist #quotes #wisdomquotes #art #painting #artofinstagram #ageisbeautiful #ageisjustanumber #oldisbeautiful #therubynest #julieippoliti #folkart #blackandwhite #portrait #woodenspoon #spoonart
In honor of Frida's Birthday yesterday. She would have been 110!! This is a painting of mine from many years ago 💙#art #artofinstagram #frida #fridakahlo #painting #folkart #therubynest #julieippoliti #fridabirthday
This is my first try at resin 😬it's temperamental and fickle but, it was fun to experiment. Besides the couple of bubbles I didn't get out I'm pretty happy with the results... I'm looking forward to trying pendants too 🙏🏼#art #resin #resinart #stilllearning #pressedflowers #paperweight #artofinstagram #crafts #therubynest #julieippoliti
I just love faces. All of them. And, the faces with more stories in them… Better yet. #ageisbeauty #art #spoonart #painting #artofinstagram #portrait #oldsoul #oldisbeautiful #ageisjustanumber #blackandwhite #woodenspoon #ageisbeautiful #julieippoliti #therubynest #artistsoninstagram #artist
Just working on a bigger piece for my #ageisbeauty series. May try to include 3 figures. 😬(Inspired by a photograph on Pinterest) #art #spoonart #painting #artofinstagram #portrait #oldsoul #oldisbeautiful #ageisjustanumber #blackandwhite #woodenspoon #ageisbeautiful #julieippoliti #therubynest #artistsoninstagram #artist
I've had a few questions lately about painting small portraiture. I'm clearly not an expert but I thought I would share what I have learned. I've thought a lot about my process over the years and it has certainly changed many times. But, there are a few things that I have found to be very helpful in developing your own technique. First, paint what you see and try not to worry about the end result. Your work, if it's anything like mine, will go through many stages and some of them are just plain ugly. If you dissect your work into smaller areas and fill those in with your fine details (even when they seem like they don't fit into place) they will eventually all come together. Secondly, take pictures along the way.  Looking through a different lens is extremely helpful. You will notice a lot of things about your work that you won't notice when it is sitting right in front of you. Lastly, never stop being an art sponge. Looking at other's work and other's processes and trying to diversify those lessons by observing many different types of artists using many different mediums is the greatest teacher in my opinion. 😊#art #artofinstagram #painting #portrait #wip #artlessons #technique #arttechniques #blackandwhite #nativeamerican #nativeamericanart #therubynest #julieippoliti
I've had a few questions lately about painting small portraiture. I'm clearly not an expert but I thought I would share what I have learned. I've thought a lot about my process over the years and it has certainly changed many times. But, there are a few things that I have found to be very helpful in developing your own technique. First, paint what you see and try not to worry about the end result. Your work, if it's anything like mine, will go through many stages and some of them are just plain ugly. If you dissect your work into smaller areas and fill those in with your fine details (even when they seem like they don't fit into place) they will eventually all come together. Secondly, take pictures along the way. Looking through a different lens is extremely helpful. You will notice a lot of things about your work that you won't notice when it is sitting right in front of you. Lastly, never stop being an art sponge. Looking at other's work and other's processes and trying to diversify those lessons by observing many different types of artists using many different mediums is the greatest teacher in my opinion. 😊#art  #artofinstagram  #painting  #portrait  #wip  #artlessons  #technique  #arttechniques  #blackandwhite  #nativeamerican  #nativeamericanart  #therubynest  #julieippoliti 
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been." (Inspired by a photograph on Pinterest) Age is beautiful; #3... #marktwainquote #art #spoonart #painting #artofinstagram #portrait #oldsoul #oldisbeautiful #ageisjustanumber #blackandwhite #woodenspoon #julieippoliti #therubynest #nativeamericanart #nativeamerican
Age is beautiful series; #2 (Inspired by a photograph from Pinterest) #oldisbeautiful #ageisjustanumber #oldsoul #blackandwhite #portrait #woodenspoon #therubynest #julieippoliti #art #artofinstagram #painting #handmade #originalart
"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" $38 incl. S&H (If interested please comment/message 😊)#fridakahlo #frida #fridakahloquotes #art #artofinstagram #painting #portrait #blackandwhite #woodenspoon #therubynest #julieippoliti
#artforsale #handmade
Just some fun with 🌿🌵🍃🌾... I hope you guys aren't getting sick of these yet! #woodburning #art #artofinstagram #cactus #cactusart #desert #julieippoliti #therubynest #drawing #folkart #handmade
I used one of Frida's original drawings from 1936 to practice fine detail and emotion in art. This was from her drawing after she had a miscarriage. Her art was always a vessel for her pain and she expressed the rawest and most honest of emotions in a very intimate way. #Frida #fridakahlo #pain #loss #artheals #art #artofinstagram #woodburning #drawing #artthatheals #therubynest #julieippoliti
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." #antoinedesaintexupery #thelittleprince #littleprince #quote #love #lovequotes #heart #inspire #wegatherlove #therubynest #julieippoliti
I tried to shade the face entirely this time with the smallest tapered point by going back and forth with vertical and horizontal lines. I think I'm going to need to keep experimenting with shading. #art #woodburning #woodcarving #artofinstagram #portrait #folkart #julieippoliti #therubynest #saint
Playing with a new toy/medium...this could be addicting! #art #woodburning #woodcarving #artofinstagram #portrait #folkart #julieippoliti #therubynest
Making a totem pole of seed pods. There's something about painting these little textured canvases that soothes the soul. #nativeamerican #nativeamericandesign #nativeamericanart #seedpod #seedpodart #natureart #art #artofinstagram #painting #therubynest #julieippoliti #totempole #totem
Installing hand painted butterflies of the master bed of the wee house. #miniatures #dollhouse #vintagedollhouse #smalls #butterlies #painting #art #artofinstagram #therubynest #julieippoliti
Adding a little clay detail to this tiny peg doll. Trying to mindlessly work as I fine tune the art of numbing my brain in preparation for all of the craziness that is saturating our world right now. I have to breathe because losing hope and punching someone in the head apparently aren't options. #dangit #breathe #dontlosehope #makeart #art #artofinstagram #sculpture #doll #artdoll #pegdoll #folkart #clay #painting #therubynest #mixedmediaart #julieippoliti
Had to make another with some weaving this time. ($20 + S&H if anyone is interested ) 💚💙#crafts #art #weaving #godseye #therubynest #julieippoliti #artofinstagram #natureart #seashells #shellart #handmade #handmadeart
Kindling the Fire. I can't believe I got this girl finished today. I think this is a clear sign that not working by is very productive for my art. 😉#art #sculpture #painting #campfire #owl #moon #artofinstagram #mixedmedia #vintageart #folkart #handmadeart #originalart #julieippoliti #therubynest #artdoll #nature #natureart
Working on one more cage light doll before getting ready to bring in the New Year. (Here's the inside of the light). #art #sculpture #painting #campfire #owl #moon #artofinstagram #mixedmedia #vintageart #folkart #handmadeart #originalart #julieippoliti #therubynest
Bring it 🎉🎊🙌🏼 Happy New Years Eve everyone! Thank you for sharing your inspirations, loved ones, art and experiences with me! Here's to a fresh new 2017... may we all have hope for what is to come in the next year. 💙🎉 #art #artofinstagram #assemblageart #mixedmedia #vintagelove #vintagedecor #sewingsupplies #vintagespool #happynewyear2017 #happynewyear #therubynest #julieippoliti #hope #inspiration
Nest of the Raven. I think I'm pretty much done. I may add a bit of detail to the face. I finally glued fabric to the metal of the cage light and then the shells adhered to the fabric really well. I love how the shells have a textured and worn look of feathers. I also added real pheasant feathers in between. #art #sculpture #painting #crow #deer #artofinstagram #mixedmedia #vintageart #folkart #handmadeart #originalart #julieippoliti #therubynest
Working on a cage doll again... it's been forever. Thinking of a mother crow to sit atop the little forest seen. She will have wings and many feathers to create a protective canopy for the little fawn sleeping in the woods inside this old cage light. #art #sculpture #painting #crow #deer #artofinstagram #mixedmedia #vintageart #folkart #handmadeart #originalart #julieippoliti #therubynest
Making more nature fairies and enjoying the smells of their cinnamon limbs 😊#art #natureart #pegdolls #gardenfairy #mixedmedia #artofinstagram #julieippoliti #therubynest #cinnamonsticks #pinecones
Mother Nature peg doll (inspired by a beautiful artist from Enchanted Handmade yesterday). I think she may need some aged, carved wood to frame her (or give her wings) #natureart #art #assemblageart #artofinstagram #mixedmedia #gardenfairy #fairy #pegdolls #therubynest #julieippoliti #treebark #cinnamonsticks #moss #pinecones
One of my new theatres! Don't forget to stop be if you're in the area: ENCHANTED HANDMADE 11:00 -3:00 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90041 #art #mixedmedia #sculpture #artofinstagram #craftfair #artfair #julieippoliti #therubynest #artdoll #theatre
Don't forget to stop by ENCHANTED HANDMADE tomorrow for some crafty goodness if you can! There will be lots of treasures from some of my favorite artists and I am selling my favorite Deer Mixed Media piece that you see here amongst many other pieces! 11:00 -3:00 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90041 #art #artshow #craftfair #artforsale #mixedmedia #sculpture #therubynest #julieippoliti #artofinstagram
I love seeing them all together. Strong women 💪🏼💪🏽💪🏿Past and present. We keep moving forward and obstacles only make us more resourceful and resilient. I have a long list of women I want to paint but if you have any suggestions of women you would like to see, let me know! Also, I'm thinking of printing some of these on small 4 x 4 " print cards. If you're interested, let me know that too! #annefrank #motherteresa #carolinecannon #emmelinepankhurst #malalayousafzai #rosaparks #idiragandhi #eleanorroosevelt #mayaangelou #harriettubman #evaperon #inspiration #civilrights #art #artofinstagram #pioneers #julieippoliti #therubynest #strongertogether #painting #seedpodart #seedpods #mixedmedia #handmadeart #diversityisbeautiful #artthatmotivates #standuptohate #artistsforlove #natureart
I love seeing them all together. Strong women 💪🏼💪🏽💪🏿Past and present. We keep moving forward and obstacles only make us more resourceful and resilient. I have a long list of women I want to paint but if you have any suggestions of women you would like to see, let me know! Also, I'm thinking of printing some of these on small 4 x 4 " print cards. If you're interested, let me know that too! #annefrank  #motherteresa  #carolinecannon  #emmelinepankhurst  #malalayousafzai  #rosaparks  #idiragandhi  #eleanorroosevelt  #mayaangelou  #harriettubman  #evaperon  #inspiration  #civilrights  #art  #artofinstagram  #pioneers  #julieippoliti  #therubynest  #strongertogether  #painting  #seedpodart  #seedpods  #mixedmedia  #handmadeart  #diversityisbeautiful  #artthatmotivates  #standuptohate  #artistsforlove  #natureart 
This first quote really says it all but, it is Maya sooo... I couldn't narrow it down to just one... "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." "If someone tells you who they are, believe them." " I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." #mayaangelou #mayaangelouquotes #quote #inspiration #civilrights #strongertogether #art #artofinstagram #painting #seedpodart #seedpods #mixedmedia #therubynest #julieippoliti #painting #handmadeart #diversityisbeautiful  #artthatmotivates #africanamericanart #iknowwhythecagedbirdsings #standuptohate #artistsforlove #natureart #womenofhistory
This first quote really says it all but, it is Maya sooo... I couldn't narrow it down to just one... "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." "If someone tells you who they are, believe them." " I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." #mayaangelou  #mayaangelouquotes  #quote  #inspiration  #civilrights  #strongertogether  #art  #artofinstagram  #painting  #seedpodart  #seedpods  #mixedmedia  #therubynest  #julieippoliti  #painting  #handmadeart  #diversityisbeautiful  #artthatmotivates  #africanamericanart  #iknowwhythecagedbirdsings  #standuptohate  #artistsforlove  #natureart  #womenofhistory 
I could go all night... Im so inspired painting these ladies and revisiting each of their struggles and sacrifices and, ultimately, their contributions to our lives today. I touched up Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt now that I've found my own technique for painting in black and white. I think they look better. I have so many ideas... so many inspirational women... until tomorrow. Have a good night IG. #rosaparks #malalayousafzai #eleanorroosevelt #harriettubman #carolinecannon #inspiration #womensrights #civilrights #strongertogether #lovetrumpshate #art #artofinstagram #painting #seedpodart #seedpods #mixedmedia #therubynest #julieippoliti #artthatmotivates #standuptohate #artistsforlove #natureart #womenofhistory
I could go all night... Im so inspired painting these ladies and revisiting each of their struggles and sacrifices and, ultimately, their contributions to our lives today. I touched up Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt now that I've found my own technique for painting in black and white. I think they look better. I have so many ideas... so many inspirational women... until tomorrow. Have a good night IG. #rosaparks  #malalayousafzai  #eleanorroosevelt  #harriettubman  #carolinecannon  #inspiration  #womensrights  #civilrights  #strongertogether  #lovetrumpshate  #art  #artofinstagram  #painting  #seedpodart  #seedpods  #mixedmedia  #therubynest  #julieippoliti  #artthatmotivates  #standuptohate  #artistsforlove  #natureart  #womenofhistory 
"Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." #harriettubman #quotes #inspiration #inspiringquotes #womensrights #civilrights #strongertogether #lovetrumpshate #art #artofinstagram #painting #seedpodart #seedpods #mixedmedia #therubynest #julieippoliti #artthatmotivates #standuptohate #artistsforlove #natureart #womenofhistory
One more for the day. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" "You must do the things you think you cannot do" 💙💙I know she looks a bit like the queen but it's #eleanorroosevelt #eleanorrooseveltquote #quote #inspiration #art #painting #artistsforlove #seedpods #seedpodart #strongertogether #mixedmediaart #strongwomen #julieippoliti #therubynest #natureart #womenofhistory
It's important we remember how far we have come in light of a nation that seems to be teetering on the fence of going backwards. We must keep up the good fight to not only preserve human rights and civil rights but women's rights as well. We are on the verge of letting old white men tell us how to manage our own healthcare. Do not sit down, do not rest. Inaction is action and indecision is decision. I will be painting one strong woman a day who paved the way for us in order to remind us all to be peaceful but be vigilant. "Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome." "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." #protest #quotes #rosaparksquote #inspiration #inspiringquotes #womensrights #civilrights #strongertogether #lovetrumpshate #art #artofinstagram #painting #seedpodart #seedpods #mixedmedia #therubynest #julieippoliti #artthatmotivates #standuptohate #natureart #womenofhistory
It's important we remember how far we have come in light of a nation that seems to be teetering on the fence of going backwards. We must keep up the good fight to not only preserve human rights and civil rights but women's rights as well. We are on the verge of letting old white men tell us how to manage our own healthcare. Do not sit down, do not rest. Inaction is action and indecision is decision. I will be painting one strong woman a day who paved the way for us in order to remind us all to be peaceful but be vigilant. "Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome." "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." #protest  #quotes  #rosaparksquote  #inspiration  #inspiringquotes  #womensrights  #civilrights  #strongertogether  #lovetrumpshate  #art  #artofinstagram  #painting  #seedpodart  #seedpods  #mixedmedia  #therubynest  #julieippoliti  #artthatmotivates  #standuptohate  #natureart  #womenofhistory 
I ordered wheels and a lantern and I'm building a little ladder but, until then! #art #gypsywagon #wagon #mixedmedia #artoftheday #artifinstagram #assemblage #wanderer #sewing #traveler #therubynest #julieippoliti
We are only as brave as our actions, only as honest as our works. May we continue to sow goodness and empathy and unity in all that we do. #art #painting #seedpod #seedpodart #nativeamericanart #tree #inspire #goodness #empathy #compassion #muxedmediaart #artofinstagram #therubynest #julieippoliti
I found the coolest 1957 fabric by Marimekko called Humiseva. It's hard to tell in the pictures but it really compliments the seed pods. Now, I've got to find more frames! #art #assemblageart #seedpods #seedpodart #nativeamericanart #mixedmedia #nature #tree #therubynest #julieippoliti #artofinstagram #painting
Thanks for an awesome craft last night! @natashaahaider I plan to do just that 😉#gettincrafty #banner #feltbanner #quote #homedecor #adventure #makemoreadventures #julieippoliti #therubynest
Sorry for my Southwestern overload. Clay pendants were my craft last night for family craft night. #gettincrafty #art #clay #pendant #claypendant #buffalo #cow #southwestern #southwesternart #nativeamerican #nativeamericanart #skull #julieippoliti #therubynest
So, as you can see, I'm in the very early stages of this painting on a 2 x 4 foot piece of plywood. A little backstory...I studied a lot of art and artists in college including Georgia O'Keeffe amongst many other artists who loved to paint the Southwest and other American landscapes. I never really gave them a lot of thought back then. I spent years and many museum trips fascinated with the impressionists, realists, Renaissance artists and expressionists who I still admire greatly. Recently, I opened up one of my books on O'Keeffe and I realized how much I still had to learn just understanding linear objects and shapes and forms. I've been eating up everything all over again especially her work from when she lived in New Mexico on Ghost Ranch. I haven't painted in so long, I'm hoping I can stick with it. #art #painting #artofinstagram #georgiaokeefeinspired #newmexico #southwest #adobes #southwesternpainting #primitive #nativeamericanart #nativeamerican #southwesternpainting #originalart #therubynest #julieippoliti
So, as you can see, I'm in the very early stages of this painting on a 2 x 4 foot piece of plywood. A little backstory...I studied a lot of art and artists in college including Georgia O'Keeffe amongst many other artists who loved to paint the Southwest and other American landscapes. I never really gave them a lot of thought back then. I spent years and many museum trips fascinated with the impressionists, realists, Renaissance artists and expressionists who I still admire greatly. Recently, I opened up one of my books on O'Keeffe and I realized how much I still had to learn just understanding linear objects and shapes and forms. I've been eating up everything all over again especially her work from when she lived in New Mexico on Ghost Ranch. I haven't painted in so long, I'm hoping I can stick with it. #art  #painting  #artofinstagram  #georgiaokeefeinspired  #newmexico  #southwest  #adobes  #southwesternpainting  #primitive  #nativeamericanart  #nativeamerican  #southwesternpainting  #originalart  #therubynest  #julieippoliti 
Working on another storyteller. Doing a male instead this time with a full feather headdress. Going to do the little ones separately and make them a little older too. #clay #sculpture #nativeamerican #nativeamericanart  #storyteller #art #artofinstagram #therubynest #julieippoliti
I'm making my own version of a Native American storyteller sculpture. (The sculpture on the left is an example) I used an entire slab of 2.2 lbs of clay. It's so dense it's going to have to heat in the oven for at least a few hours. I can't wait to paint it! #sculpture #clay #art #artofinstagram #natuveamerican #nativeamericanart #storyteller #nativeamericansculpture #stories #inspiration #julieippoliti #therubynest
One of my favorites from today ready to prime and paint. #ringdish #trinketdish #clay #handmade #art #artofig #artofinstagram #seaglass #seaart #therubynest #julieippoliti
Ship at Sea #teabagart ⛵️Taking pictures of your work is so helpful. When I looked at the pictures of even this tiny canvas of 2 x 2" on this teabag I saw mistakes I didn't notice with the naked eye. Lines that were too thick, waves that weren't smooth enough. It's always helpful to view your work through another lens. I know a lot of you do this but it helps to remind myself too. 😊#art #miniatureart #sailingship #miniaturepainting #painting #artofinstagram #ocean #oceanart #sea #ship #boat #mixedmediaart #therubynest #julieippoliti
Ship at Sea #teabagart  ⛵️Taking pictures of your work is so helpful. When I looked at the pictures of even this tiny canvas of 2 x 2" on this teabag I saw mistakes I didn't notice with the naked eye. Lines that were too thick, waves that weren't smooth enough. It's always helpful to view your work through another lens. I know a lot of you do this but it helps to remind myself too. 😊#art  #miniatureart  #sailingship  #miniaturepainting  #painting  #artofinstagram  #ocean  #oceanart  #sea  #ship  #boat  #mixedmediaart  #therubynest  #julieippoliti