Jane Hinchliffe

5 Superpowers Of Drawing - #7 The Art Of Life Podcast



5 Superpowers Of Drawing

Are you feeling exhausted, depleted and run down?

We're into the New Year now and our energy levels can feel a bit lack lustre.  On the one hand we are desperate to shake ourselves up at forge ahead but at the same time, we are just so... tired... Do you know what I mean?

Do not fail, as you go on, to

draw something every day, for no matter how

little it is, it will be well worthwhile, and it will

do you a world of good.

- Cennino Cennini (c1370-c1440)

Yesterday, our boys went back to school after the Christmas break and to say I was tired was an understatement.  Case in point, I went to butter some toast at breakfast time and put my knife into the dog food!

superpowers of drawing

Well, today on the podcast, I'm chatting about the superpowers of drawing.  You might not have thought there were any superpowers associated with drawing but I'm going to share just 5 of them.

painting out the pain

I didn't mention this in the podcast, but the image above (one of many) was created just after my beloved father in law passed away.  Creating this way helped me tend to emotions that were reeling around inside and outside of me. Of course, it didn't help the pain go away but instead gave me a way to help express some of what I was feeling which was such a blessing.

I do hope you enjoy today's podcast and please let me know what benefits you see in your life from drawing/painting/creating - I'd love to hear from you.


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Creative Enough?


Creative Enough?

There was lots of creative play yesterday as I had the pleasure once again of teaching my painting workshop to a lovely group of women.

getting creative painting workshop

It never ceases to amaze me how many women don't see themselves as creative and yet they pick up a paintbrush laden with paint and voila they come back to themselves.

Does this resonate with you?  

Would you like to paint, draw, sculpt, or perhaps design a new garden layout and yet believe you're not creative enough?

If so, it's time to break through that barrier and just try it anyway.  What's the worst that can happen?  You might have to scrap that version and try again?  That's okay and in fact it's good because it's only in the doing (and the 'happy accidents') that you're ever going to progress.

Yesterday we got curious, blew paint with straws, splattered paint with a toothbrush, collaged, played with colour, set down pools of watercolour onto paper and it was fun.  As well, we were learning about ourselves, what makes us come alive and that we are enough, we are creative.

getting creative painting workshop

Imagine a good friend or perhaps your child having just started playing the piano - you would be encouraging them to play 'in spite of' any wrong keys played because that's how you learn.  They would never get to feel that sense of pure joy when they finally played a piece that has eluded them.

getting creative painting workshop

getting creative painting workshop

So, I don't say any of this this lightly, I say it because I believe wholeheartedly that we are ALL creative and it takes 'just having a go' to remember this truth.

You won't look back, I promise!

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Art heals

art heals

Making art heals you on so many levels...

We're not meant to keep our thoughts, dreams, fears, frustrations, anger and angst deep inside - no, we're all creative beings and honestly, releasing this stuff heals you time and time again.

And no, it doesn't have to be 'art', it can be dance, music, writing - just something that gets you out of your head and into your heart...  The great news is, that the more you do this, the more you benefit and therefore those around you do too.  The other great piece to this, is that the 'outcome' is NOT what it's about (unless selling your artwork) - no, it goes far, far deeper than that.

Unfurling [art heals]When I used to suffer from depression, I sometimes kept things bottled up - scared to let go, I think... Of course, this just made the depression worse and something has to give in the end.  However, I found that when started to feel better and tentatively put brush/pen to paper once again, that if I was kind to myself, put aside the pesky inner critic and let go of perfection - that magic took place.  It was like I was filtering through all the dross of life and working 'life' out on a subconscious level so that after creating, I felt calmer, lighter, more content and less frustrated.

Now I know for a fact that making art heals and if this post stirs your heart, I encourage you to reflect upon Picasso's quote above: 'Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.'   So friends, it's time to get out our journals and answer this: 'How might you make room for your inner light, truth and beauty?'  How will you reveal your true-self?

Jane xo




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Muse News No. 2 - video update from Grassfield Hall

The sun is shining and this morning I decided to take my camcorder to Grassfield Hall to record Muse News No.2. So, I do hope you enjoy a little insight into the making of this commissioned painting and if you have something in mind for your home or business, just get in touch with me and we'll have a chat...

Muse News No. 2 - on location - Grassfield Hall from Jane Hinchliffe on Vimeo.

In other news, today is a big day for our family - Joseph (our 11 yr old) is leaving primary school today (where oh where did that time go?) and will be starting high school in September.  As I type this, I'm thinking about goodbyes and new beginnings for us as a family and of course for Joseph.  Benjamin has another two years at primary school, so we don't have to say goodbye completely though...

Shortly hubby and I will be heading out to school and attending the 'Leaver's Service' where each child shares their memories, high points etc and then sing 'As we go now...'.  Joseph will be playing a couple of pieces on the keyboard and the other year 6 children will be participating in their chosen way too.  So, let's put it this way, I'm bringing tissues...

Jane xo

PS.  Grassfield Hall is taking bookings now and here is the website.




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Inspiration for you: Roses 'play sketch' video


Don't you just love the roses at this time of year? 

Every year I swoon over roses like I'd never seen them before!  Their beauty both astounds and astonishes me.

Two roses on one slender spray; in sweet communion grew.  Together hailed the morning ray; and drank the evening dew.

- James Montgomery

This morning I ventured into the garden and cut some roses (see photo below) to bring inside and with the idea of having fun sketching them.  I put the process on the video below too!

roses from the garden

roses cut

As you can see, I made very loose sketches with my focus being on the petals and the colour.

roses cut display

I did side view sketches, the leaves, a rose petal and (of course) a rose in full bloom!

You'll see from the video that it's quite easy to sketch roses because for the purpose of this activity, no-one else is going to know the exact colour of your rose or the positioning of each and every petal - so just have fun and know you have my wholehearted permission to use a a 'bucket load' of artistic license with the shapes, colours and whatever else!

I do hope you enjoy the video...

Roses 'play sketch' in watercolour from Jane Hinchliffe on Vimeo.


Serenity in a teacup

Ah, by the way, above is a painting inspired from some roses from my garden last year.  I had displayed them in the little china teacup and saucer (that you see in the painting-my Mum's) and a couple of days later decided to paint them with this semi abstract background and oodles of texture.  The painting is called 'Serenity in a teacup'.

delight ecourse pic

Just a little update...

PS. You might have been wondering what's the latest news on my upcoming ecourse - Delight?  It was due to start on August 1st but with the Summer holidays soon upon us (tomorrow is last day of school), the commissioned painting I've been working on for the past five weeks etc, etc, I've decided to keep my sanity (lol) and postpone launching until Autumn 2014.  I do hope you understand...

In the meantime, I've also been working very hard (a lot of late nights and times where I thought I could break my computer for sheer frustration!) at building a 'virtual classroom/membership area' to my site and that too is just about completed for 'Embrace'.  This will make facilitating my ecourses so much easier and hopefully will be a lovely space to receive your ecourse materials.

I'm just so excited that things are moving on because now I feel I can put some focused attention into my blog, 'my tribe' and offerings that I wish to share with you all - plus spend some family time with my beloved hubby and boys this Summer.

Thanks for understanding and wishing me well - you're the greatest...

Jane xo


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Virtual Art Market Sale + 1st Muse News

Jane's 1st Virtual Art Market SALE!

Muse News - June!

Jane's Virtual Art Market Sale

I've thought for a while now, that it would be nice to put together a video once per month with up-to-date news on artwork, any sale items and discounts, ecourse info., coaching info., in-progress commissioned artwork and favourite art products, current inspiration etc.  I'm calling it Muse News and so here is the first installment for June.

June: Muse News from Jane Hinchliffe on Vimeo.


As mentioned in the video, I'm going to be hosting my first ever Jane's Virtual Art Market Sale event via Facebook which will be held on:

Tuesday, June 17th 7-9pm (GMT - UK Summer Time)

So, please put the date into your phone, on your calendar and by all means let your friends or loved ones know too.  Might be an idea to make yourself a cup of tea, or enjoy a glass of wine whilst purchasing some lovely original artwork.

Here is my Facebook page and the event page so that you don't miss a thing!  By following the link, you will find information on the artwork pieces that will be available that night.  Prices will be added to the page shortly.  Here is a link to my Etsy Shop, should you wish to look at these pieces in detail prior to the event.

If there are any pieces unsold after the event, they will return to their original price - so if you are interested, it might be an idea to get them at a great price during those 2 hours on June 17th.



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