Technical Blip Alert - Flower Crown Girls - Cancelled!

Sadly, I'm forced to cancel my most recent ecourse - Flower Crown Girls.  
 

I guess it just wasn't meant to be - unfortunately, around 5+ hours of my video content has developed a fluke fault and the footage will just not play!  This has never happened before, so I'm pretty much floored - so much prepartion, time and care had been put in to creating this class...  

Anyway, onwards and upwards, as they say...

For those of you who have already purchased this class, I am busy refunding you and as a little token of my appreciation for your patience and understanding, the one project that did save (see below), I will offer to ALL subscribers for FREE, just as soon as I can get it edited and uploaded etc. 

Take care everyone and if you'd like the FREE project, please fill in the form below and look out for the FREE project in a week's time approximately.

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Much love,

Jane x

FREE Expressive Art Video Tutorial - Releasing Emotions

Lost and Found - mixed media art demo.

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
— Audre Lorde

Today, I'm sharing with you a speeded up art video tutorial with voiceover.  The piece of artwork is called Lost and Found and really this video is my way of encouraging you if you have some emotions that you'd like to express on paper but perhaps this is a new idea for you and you've not tried this way of painting before.  

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Yes, I know that sometimes the last thing we want to do is to feel our pain but stay with me and give it a go.  This technique is great when you have emotions to express and release.  This is not about creating a 'pretty' piece of artwork necessarily but instead allowing your intuition to take over and make marks, scribble, move your body and reduce tension.

The other night, I was feeling a little sad with one thing and another and decided to do some expressive sketching using my Lyra pencil.  I hadn't set out thinking I would share this at all but I found the process, the supplies and method I used to be cathartic and thought it might help you.

Below are the supplies I used:

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  • Lyra Pencil 6b
  • Daler & Rowney A3 220g Smooth Paper
  • Sennelier Cobalt Blue and Walnut Ink
  • Brown Stabillo
  • XL Charcoal stick in - beige
  • Conte pastel pencils
  • Paintbrush and water
  • Golden Fluid Acrylic - hot pink

Thanks for reading and watching...

Jane x

Brand New Mini Class - Flower Crown Girls - Registration Open

The Perfect Combination - Painting Portraits and Flowers!

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I'm excited to share my new online class with you: Flower Crown Girls.  

This mini class is open for registration now, for all levels of experience and the classroom will open the end of February and as this class is self-paced, meaning that even if you are short on time at the moment, you'll know it's there for you when you have a little snippet of time and you're itching to do some painting, or want to try something different. 

Click for more info.

The cost is nice and affordable at just £20 - remember, this class has lifetime access and is self-paced. 

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Some of what you will learn in this class:

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  • Enjoy three full portrait projects
  • Experiment using alternative colour palettes
  • Learn how to mix colour effectively
  • Paint one project using just the primary colours
  • Adopt an illustrative feel for one of the portraits
  • Add your own motifs and bring your painting to life
  • Paint loose and also paint 'realistic'
  • 'Adorn' your portraits with earrings, bows or jewellery
  • Learn tips for drawing and some useful aids
  • Enjoy an upcoming BONUS project
  • + so much more!

Thanks for being here and thank you to all who have purchased this class, I'm most appreciative of your support.  

Jane x

The Link Between Art, Life and Our Mental Health

If I asked you - 'Do you think of yourself as being creative?', how would you answer, honestly?

The answer inevitably reveals just two camps: 'Yes, I've always been a creative' and 'Nope, not a creative molecule in sight!'.  

At the risk of being a broken record and shouting to the rooftops, WE ARE ALL CREATIVE, we just forget...

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Beginning March of this year, I am going to be attempting something pretty darn big after having taken antidepressants for many years - I'm going to try to come off them gradually and document this journey using art and video diaries.  You can read more on this here.  

Anyway, in an attempt to 'prepare' I'm learning a lot on this topic and I feel we underestimate the mental health benefits of tapping into our creativity in a more conscious and deliberate way.

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Below is a quote from an article I read from the Guardian - 'Art and Soul how sparking your creativity helps you stay well':

We need to remind ourselves that creativity can be as simple as playing or doing things differently, so that we give ourselves permission to open the door to other activities and usher in all the benefits that come with this – from time to reflect or overcoming perfectionism to communicating or simply having fun.
— https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/05/art-and-soul-how-sparking-creativity-helps-you-stay-well

Below is another snippet of an article from the Guardian...

So, whether you are picking up a paintbrush, a piece of clay, kneading bread, planting Spring bulbs, writing a journal, don't underestimate the power of your creativity - the many benefits to your soul, physical health and your mental health.  It's not a luxury, it's a necessity.

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So, I hope you would now think of yourself firmly in the 'Yes' camp to thinking of yourself as creative and just a quick thought - how can you make your creativity a priority?  I'd love to hear from you. 

#Perfectionism in Art and Life - #letgo

Perfectionism and The Pressure To Be Perfect 

Don’t let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started.
— Marilu Henner
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We all know it - perfectionism gets in the way of living our best life. 

The last few days I've been struggling.  I've created two paintings and hated both. Well, that's not strictly true; I liked them at one point and then I've hit a point of not thinking they were good enough and then ruined them by working them too much. Do you know that feeling?  

Even now as I'm typing this, I have a strong feeling to clarify the paintings here - yes, I know the eyes weren't quite right, yes, I know the arms and hands weren't in proportion but the thing is, I felt my heart. soaring. with. delight - that is until #selftalk decided that they were no good!  Isn't that sad?

When you strip it all away, this anxiety is all based on unworthiness. We tell ourselves, 'Just a little more effort is all it'll take' or, 'If I just get this right, I will be _____ (fill in the blank). We've got to stop this friends and I'm going to be looking at this topic in my upcoming project starting in March - Heads Up.  

Perfectionism is the modern addiction, says Seth Godin.  He also goes on to say:

Seeking a perfect sphere might be a hobby, but if it’s not giving you joy, it’s a lousy way to live. It’s an addiction, not a useful tool.
— Seth Godin

 

I take comfort from the words above and these:

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
— Philippians 4:13
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Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life.
Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.
— Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

So, my message today is not to rely on your own strength but God's.  He knit you in the womb.  He knows how many hairs are on your head.  He strung the stars together in the sky.  He wants you to live your life with joy, to slow down, to enjoy the people He has included in your life and for you to hand over all your concerns to Him.  So, change isn't easy but I'm going to #letgo with His unending grace and help - will you join me?

Much love,

Jane x

Grace - She's You and Me

Being A Woman

Image Credit: http://mademoiselle-rose-things.tumblr.com/post/12450685789

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I'm thinking of you and me today...

... the roles we juggle, the tasks we tackle and how we care for those in our lives.  The smile we give to the harried sales assistant, the bunch of cheerful flowers we give to a good friend going through a hard time, the meal we cook for a family in crisis.  

It's exhausting at times...  It seems like it will never end and yet, somehow, we find the strength and will to do it all again tomorrow.  We might not get it right all of the time but we endeavour to try with 'Grace'.

I'm sending you grace-filled hugs Dearest - thanks for being you... 

Jane x