Top 10 Art and Creativity Websites With The Best Resources and Tips

Hi there lovelies, when I was starting out on my creativity journey, it took some time to find some high quality resources to help me on my way.  So if that's you, today, I'm sharing a combination of some of the best art and creativity websites that contain great information, resources and well, you'll have to take a look to know what I mean... 

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Tate Student Resources -  Tate Modern in London has some fantastic articles, information and guidance on a variety of art related topics.  Well worth a look. 

Tara Leaver - Tara is a very generous artist with her resources and experience.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and she is passionate about helping you create 'the art that only you can make'.

Jamie Ridler  - Jamie is a certified coach and writer and her website contains a plethora of resources.  You will find Jamie's popular podcast where she interviewed 'creative spirits' which was recently but is still available as an inspiring and substantial resource.  In addition, check out Jamie's Creative Living TV and many other useful resources too.

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National Gallery, London - A fantastic resource of exhibitions, artist information and many quality resources.  

Angela Fehr - Angela makes really good quality instructional art videos on a regular basis via You Tube on a variety of mediums and styles.  Great resource. 

This is a great resource if you're looking for an outlet to sell your artwork and need a brief overview of the main ones. 

Unsplash - Unsplash is a fantastic resource for license free reference images.  I use them often.

Fine Art Tips - Learn how to draw shades from this popular You Tube artist.  

Ivy Newport, Artist - Ivy's website includes some of the best online art classes around.  Her teaching style is very approachable for all levels of art experience.   Ivy also has a delightful creativity community that is very welcoming and inspiring for all. 

Juliette Crane  - Juliette offers a number of mixed media online classes which feature her distinctive and whimsical style, as well as a business class. .  There is also a business class offering too.  

Dirty Footprints  - Connie Solera is the talented artist and entrepreneur behind Dirty Footprints.  Connie offers retreats and online journaling and painting classes.  She has many years of experience and her artwork is always soulful, vibrant and expressive.   

So, I hope these  art and creativity websites are of help and if you have additional favourites, please feel free to share in the comments below.

Until next time.

Jane xo


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Painting Prompts For Summer When You Have 10 Minutes!

Painting Topic Ideas...

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I hope you're enjoying this new month; in fact, at this exact moment, I'm actually typing this in our garden - yay!  Today I started my 30 days of prompts for my gentle art challenge and thought perhaps you'd also enjoy some flexible painting prompts that will only take 10 minutes (or longer if you wish) to complete.  

I'm all for creating whenever I can and sometimes 10 mins is all I've got and so it's helpful to have what I'm going to paint already taken care of - hint, look below for the prompts.  

The Anglo-Saxons called June “sera monath” (dry month).
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You may have school aged children who are home for the school holidays already (hello, US friends) or perhaps little ones who like to paint with Mum regularly.  I know when our boys were a little younger, I really enjoyed looking at the Artful Parent and the wonderful resources there.  

I find painting quickly and without too much expectation helps shake my 'real' artwork up and helps me keep nimble; on my toes.  

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So whether you're joining in with the challenge (please use #createjoyfuljune2018 so we can find each other), or not, I hope you might try some of the Joyful June prompts and see where they take you and please consider popping by Instagram where you can see how the prompts are unfolding for me and I can for you... :)

Until next time...

Jane xo

 


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{Video} 'Hope' Collage and The 'Why' Behind Stopping Taking Antidepressants

New Collage - Hope

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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops - at all...
— Emily Dickinson

 

I'm sharing my latest video and collage entitled 'Hope' from my Heads Up project.   As I was creating the collage and thinking about the words of (click link for poem reading) Emily Dickinson's beautiful poem, it got me thinking more deeply about the word 'Hope' both in my life and generally.  

It occurred to me that hope is not necessarily about believing everything is going to turn out okay but rather trusting that whatever the outcome, it will be the right one...  I'm doing my best to live this out but it's not always easy.

In other news, our boys have finished school today and have a week's holiday.  I'm looking forward to spending extra time with them next week.  

Have an amazing weekend and I'd love to know what 'Hope' means to you...

Jane xo

ps. if you're interested in taking part in a 'gentle' art challenge in June, click here.


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Announcing: Create Joyful June 2018 & Ways For You To Join In

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A gentle and global art/creative challenge for ALL - starting 1st June!

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.
— L M Montgomery
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June is fast approaching and I'm excited about my first global community 'challenge' called Create Joyful June 2018!  You can read more about it here.

It's a gentle art/creativity 'challenge' to signify the half point of the year - it's about celebrating the year so far and what is still to come...  It's an invite to pause and well, create! 

You can delve in as much or as little as you'd like.  However you wish to respond to the prompts (ie. paint, write, draw, stitch, or photography etc) is up to you; just take a photo every day, or just the weekend (or not) and then share your photos to the Facebook Group, Instagram or, add your blog to the blog roll

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Ways To Join In and Play...

I can't wait for us to gather together as a 'joyful' global community...  

  • Facebook Group - come on over to the Group where you can share your photos and 'joyful' creations!
  • Instagram - please share your photos and so that we can find each other, use #createjoyfuljune2018
  • Blog - Do you own a blog and want to add some community love to the whole thing?  Great, I've created a blog link.  Simply join the blog roll by scrolling to the last blog in the list and then click on 'add your link'.  

Extra Resource

 
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Create Joyful June 2018 - FREE Video Series

Lastly, I'm creating (free) weekly videos throughout June to help inspire you along the way.

Please click the button below in order to sign up.  You will receive the first video on 1st June.

 

 

 

 

 

(Note: the videos will be accessible all year round).

 

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[Video] Collages Feel, Fear and Nourish With Updates #headsup50project

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HeadsUp50Project Update With Video Over Tea!

Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.
— Matthew 11:28 ISV

It's Mental Health Awareness Week until the 20th and the focus has been on stress.  Stress is a normal phenomenon of modern day living but it's when it spirals out of control that it can lead to a mental health problem.  

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Of course, some stress can actually be good for us because it enables us to push ourselves beyond our day to day limits ie. a presentation that we need to deliver at work.  It's when you are experiencing stress for prolonged periods of time that there can be a problem.  

I heard that 75% of adults (in the UK) have experienced periods of stress in the last year where they have regularly felt not able to manage and 80% of young people feel the same.

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This is a reminder for possibly ourselves and/or our loved ones to identify stress triggers, find and then practice relaxation techniques and know that situations often have a limited point in life and that they often will pass.  

These statistics remind me that I can always work, exercise, clean, cook and just be MORE in every which way but that doesn't serve me or the people I love.  I can choose what I fill my brain with and that I must make better choices wherever possible...

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Here are three more collages that I've finished this week and I've recorded another video that goes alongside them.  I share three books that I think are helpful, some personal thoughts, more detail on the collages and a cup of tea!  I do hope you'll watch https://youtu.be/HXDT1Lwg2SQ or, click the video below.  

Have a wonderful weekend - I'll be watching the Royal Wedding of Meghan and Harry on tv tomorrow!

Take care,

Jane xo

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Tender Art Videos and Talk on the Struggles of Mental Health

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Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
— Etty Hillesum (1914-1943 Dutch-born Jewish Diarist)

#HeadsUp50Project - Art Collages + Process

I've been busy, busy behind the scenes (think swan swimming serenely, whilst in actual fact, legs are flapping madly under the water - that's me ;)). 

Today, I wanted to share three videos that I've created this week as part of my ongoing #HeadsUp50Project. This project explores the topic of mental health and the idea of trying to find that place of quiet, inner contentment whilst living in a busy world that wants our attention at every turn. It's a challenge for everyone and especially if you are feeling tender.

Click each video to watch (or click the links below and watch directly in YouTube).

https://youtu.be/TuLmsBRVjjghttps://youtu.be/hsTZ8fkhj6Ahttps://youtu.be/97Y86qJDIFw

This work is both a personal project exploring my journey off antidepressants that I've taken for the past 10 years and at the same time, my way of bringing this conversation out in the open and hopefully nudging that little bit further towards removing the stigma that is still prevalent in society.

Each video explores a different aspect to the overall topic of mental health and as I chat, you'll see me piecing together and adhering the fragments of each collage to the canvas. The different elements of the collage, for me, kind of signify the fragments of our lives.

I came across this really interesting and inspiring post entitled Tchaikovsky's Surprising Wisdom For Artists With Depression. Tchaikovsky experienced deep depression many times but I love how in spite of his suffering, he was able to find beauty and good things in his life.  

I assert that life is beautiful in spite of everything!
— Tchaikovsky

Lastly, it's certainly not always easy but if we are to find some solace; a sense of contentment, the quote below is a great lesson for all of us.  'It is our tremendous resilience as people that carries us through difficult times. There are thorns, yes. But there are roses, too' - thank you Lori Chandler for those words.

Thanks for being here...

Jane xo

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