Spring

Spring Into Your Creativity Tips + Daffodils

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Spring Into Your Creativity

So are you ready to answer the call and spring into your creativity - I certainly am.  I'm always so happy to come out the other side of winter.

Don't you just relish the realisation that Spring has finally 'sprung'?  It always brings me such joy and renewed love for nature and all things new and bright.

It feels fantastic to be able to dust off the old cobwebs and get out into the fresh air and feel that warm embrace of a little bit of sunshine on my back, well, in between the rain and some fleeting sleet/snow. I adore seeing colour sprouting up here, there and everywhere.

It's like the daffodils, crocuses and soon to be tulips, flower each year but it always feels like the first time - don't you find that too?

Spring into your creativity
Spring into your creativity

We had a little snow this week but that's not stopping me from being inspired by the bright yellow, purples and oranges of the crocuses, not to forget the spring lambs of course.  How about you, what do you love best about Spring (or Autumn if you're on the other side of the world?).

daffodils - spring into your creativity
daffodils - spring into your creativity

For me, it's almost like there's a different light even and whilst I might be noticing cobwebs and dust more, I'm soaking up the new season with all I've got.

Fairy Cakes and Daffodils - Spring into your creativity
Fairy Cakes and Daffodils - Spring into your creativity

I've been snipping daffodils that have succumbed to the wind and rain and gazing at them whilst I wash dirty pans at the kitchen sink.  I have them sitting in a pretty pink vase and the pleasure I get from just having them there is such a blessing.  What could you do that brings you joy this Spring?

Spring into your creativity
Spring into your creativity
daffodils - Spring into your creativity
daffodils - Spring into your creativity
Spring into your creativity
Spring into your creativity

I've been looking at some other daffodil themed art that I adore too - I'm always interested in art history. Some of you might have seen some of these pieces of artwork already but hopefully they will bring a touch of beauty to your day.

Berth Morisot. Spring into your creativity
Berth Morisot. Spring into your creativity
Spring into your creativity.
Spring into your creativity.
Daffodils, William Henry Margetson. Spring into your creativity
Daffodils, William Henry Margetson. Spring into your creativity
Spring into your creativity
Spring into your creativity

So, if you're wanting to shrug off the winter blues, here are some suggestions, starting off points for 'springing' into your creativity:

    1. Nature - like I've been saying, there's so much blooming at the moment, why not start by picking a daffodil and sketch it.
    2. Take a walk and stop and listen to the birds singing, a stream flowing or notice fast moving clouds skimming over your head - perhaps this could inspire you to write a poem, write in your journal or create an abstract art piece.
    3. Put on a piece of music and paint your response to it using only your intuition.
    4. Take your pencil 'for a walk' and draw something that inspires you.  Draw without lifting your pencil/pen off the paper - this is called continuous line drawing (see the video below).

5. Look out of a window and paint what the sky looks like and then pick various points in the day to paint the differences - you'll be surprised as to just how much your view does change.

6. Use colour to describe how you're feeling.

7. Paint with a child and just. let. go.

8. Make a Spring inspired collage using some photos or magazine images.

9. Prepare a meal that consists of lots of colour and relish the health benefits for your body.

10. Wake up early and watch the sunrise.

11. Take a bike ride, fly a kite or grab a blanket, lie down and watch the stars.

Oh and in case the above suggestions aren't doing it for you, here is a blog post by the highly talented and likeable, Emily P Freeman entitled, 8 Things Whole-Hearted Creative Women Do Differently.

However you choose to spring into your creativity, may it enable you to be your wonderful, true self.  I do hope this season finds you feeling invigorated, inspired and rejuvenated.

Lastly, this weekend it's Mothers Day in the UK, so for all you mothers, have a beautiful day.

Much love,

PS. I have a couple spots left on my upcoming Spring painting workshop of 6th April - please click for more info. or to book a place.  We'll get to shake off the cobwebs of winter together and welcome in Spring.

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What's on my radar...

As our family continues to be plagued with viruses/infections of one sort or another, I've found it to be even more important than ever to listen out for what my body, heart and soul has needed most.  As energy levels, sleep patterns etc. have been disrupted for what seems like an eternity, it feels good to use my time wisely.

Here is some of what I've been doing...

Below is my newest watercolour entitled 'Fairy Cakes'.  It will be available in my shop shortly.  The daffodils came from our garden and the jug is one of my all time favourites.

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I've also been sketching and having fun with the preliminary stages of some commissioned work for a country hotel that is located nearby - more on that another time.

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It was nice catching up with a friend last week and visiting a local tea shop for a good natter.

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Below are the preparations for dried apple rings - I thought the extra vitamins would be a good addition to our diets at the moment.  Any boost is welcome!

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And of course, I never get tired of looking at flowers especially after a long winter.

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Benjamin is enjoying some time outdoors with bubbles.  Nice to see him slowing getting back to his usual happy and healthy self.

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My coaching sessions are becoming ever more popular and it's such a pleasure offering this service to women who feel they are now ready to fulfil their business or personal dreams at long last.

The 4-week long ecourse, Embrace is very much on my radar at the moment and will be officially starting on Monday, April 22nd.  You can enrol here.  I'm busy preparing art videos, interviews, writing course material and generally getting very excited (and a little nervous) as the date gets nearer and nearer.  This ecourse has very much come out of a desire for myself to 'embrace' life and its ups and downs and to reflect on what helps me and others that I know and then to share that with other women.  Let's face it - life is hectic, often stressful and unless we consciously 'embrace' our life, all too easily we can become consumed by it.

I hope you are well and I sincerely invite you to join us on this ecourse.

Jane x

 

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New artwork + signs of Spring

Oh I do so love this time of year. What a relief to see signs of new life all around. I find myself touching blooming buds, photographing daffodils, looking up at the bluer (sometimes) sky, waking up earlier to lighter mornings, listening to the birds singing and then watching them gather nest material and of course the super cuteness of newborn lambs. It's all so good - the wonder of it all. daffodils and painting

new artwork

In between the celebrating of the arrival of Spring, there has been a lot of (minor) illness in our family recently.  I'm struggling again (just got over the last one a couple of weeks ago) with a nasty cold and the boys have both had stomach upsets and colds too.  It's kind of 'almost' funny that this has been happening just at the same time as I am preparing my ecourse entitled 'Embrace'.  I've had to really focus on the good things and what's working well and then try to push forward knowing that this too will pass but I'd be lying if I said it's been easy, far from it.

As I look around though at all this new life, it reminds me that everything has it's own unique rhythm and that there are ebbs and flows naturally in life - as with the seasons there is a time of blooming (Spring/Summer) and a time of quiet (Winter).  This simple realisation has given me comfort and renewed my deep sense of knowing and trust, that things will work out just as they are meant to and in the meantime, I need to, well, just embrace it all.

I do hope you're well and enjoying the first signs of Spring or Autumn (depending on where you are).

In the meantime, I've listed some new paintings (snippets of the paintings above) in my Etsy shop - please take a peek and I hope you like them.

By the way, the flowers below have just arrived this morning from my Mum - thanks for the get well wishes and I just love these hydrangeas.  Love you Mum!

hydrangea

Jane x

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Guest Post: Liz Lamoreux - I wait all year for this day

Please note, this guest post was first published on my previous website in 2013.  alt

I wait all year for the day when the crocuses in my front yard seem to almost dance with their purple blooms reaching toward the sky.

I wait all year for this day that always falls just near her birthday. This day that pushes me to know that Spring is returning, as she always does, even when I doubt. This day that feels like the beginning of a conversation between us. Me, here, living this crazy beautiful life. Her, gone for eight years now, whispering to the budding trees and the pushing upward tulips, encouraging them to grow.

Almost every year during my childhood, I visited my grandparents during the spring. Some years it would be mid-March and the forsythia would be blooming. Other years it would be April and the azaleas and rhododendrons would appear like pink and purple dresses all around their town. My grandmother loved spring. She would name everything that was blooming when we walked around her yard, drove around town, visited the small lake near their house.

When she died on a day in April, it was during one of the most gorgeous springs her town had ever seen. Everything was in bloom. Everywhere. Trees. Bushes. Flowers shooting straight up from the ground. Pinks. Purples. Fuchsias. Yellows. Oranges. Reds. And she never saw any of it from her small hospital room.

I remember feeling like I was in a fog, as though the world around me was almost in black and white. We were driving back to my grandparents’ home after the funeral and I suddenly noticed all those blooms. My heart felt broken knowing she would never see them again, knowing I would never hear her voice.

That next March, just before her birthday, when I was deeply doubting Spring could ever return outside or inside me, I was walking to get the mail and noticed the purple blooms of the crocuses in my front yard.

As I stood there looking at the stripes and the unexpected burst of orange in the middle, a new kind of conversation began between us. Me, here, missing her so much I couldn’t breathe sometimes. Her, everywhere, breathing life into spring, into me.

But this year they didn’t bloom.

Nothing. Just green shoots and not one bud.

I tried to ignore it each day when I would look outside the kitchen window, cup of tea in hand. But when her birthday came and went last week without one bloom, I couldn’t deny that my crocuses weren’t blooming this year.

Even though of course the rational side of me knows that we won’t live in this house forever, that crocus buds do not really send a signal to my grandmother to visit me, part of me wondered if perhaps the conversation was coming to an end. If it was time to move on from this belief that she pauses in my front yard to remind the crocuses to bloom each year.

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Thinking about this, I stood outside with the unexpected blue sky above me and the sun warming my head, and I put my arms out as though asking, “Are you there?”

I heard a whisper in that moment. A quiet, real voice saying, “You already know.”

Yes.

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LL bio squareLiz Lamoreux is the author of Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry, and Mixed Media. In this moment, you might find her dancing in her studio to Mumford and Sons, making muffins with her two year old, writing a poem, or deeply enjoying the quiet found in a cup of tea. Visit her website, shop, and learn more about her retreats here.

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