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Early Bird Offer/New Class - A Painterly Jaunt Into Picasso's Rose Period

Early Bird Offer For New Online Class - Picasso's Rose Period

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I'm excited to share that my latest class, A Painterly Jaunt Into Picasso's Rose Period has opened up for registration and is available for purchase at an early bird price of £35 (this will increase to £49). The classroom is due to officially open on or before Wednesday, September 25 2018.  

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
— Pablo Picasso

Why this new class on Picasso?

Well, we've all heard of Picasso but not necessarily his 'Rose Period' which in French, 'Rose' means pink. This comparatively short time was from the latter part of 1904 until 1906 and came right after his Blue Period which marked a particularly difficult time for Picasso after losing a very good friend of his.  

The Rose Period saw the beginnings of a new relationship for Picasso and happier times, hence the change of palette to brown, oranges, red ocher and rose together with the change of focus/subject in his work. After delving into his paintings and being captivated by what I saw and painted, I couldn't wait to share this with you!

Who is this class for?

This class is for anyone who would like to explore Picasso and be inspired by the way he used colour and evoked mood during his 'Rose Period'. Enjoy creating paintings that feel tender and intimate, with warm colours and self expression. Take Picasso's lead and then 'go your own way, with me as I guide you.  

There's so much to share with you and I hope you'll come paint with me...

Jane x


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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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#HeadsUp50Project - Collages, Conversation and Depression

#HeadsUp50Project - An honest look into depression and mental health that concerns all of us...

I introduced my #HeadsUp50Project back in January and now I find that I'm typing this just one day before my project begins!  It's super scary and vulnerable but I'm also really ready to start examining my past history of depression and what that has meant in my life.  I'm feeling curious about who I might be without the medication (Prozac) but also and really most importantly, to have some honest chats with you and society as a whole on the broad topic of depression and mental health.    

From tomorrow, I will be following my doctor's protocol for reducing my medication and well, ultimately stopping completely, all being well. 

In the videos below, I chat a little about what's going on at the moment, how I'm feeling, supplies I'll be using for my 50 collages and how I'm treating this whole 'thing' as an 'experiment' and I'm finding that this helps take some of the pressure off me and removes the whole 'failure' thing and suits my personality of doing things in my own organic way.  This approach also fuels my curiosity and that I feel is a really good thing.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
— St Francis of Assisi
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Both a personal journey and an opportunity to look at depression and help to rid the stigma associated with mental health issues through shared conversation, authenticity, kindness and embracing who we are and celebrating that. I will be creating 50 (just turned 50) collages directly onto antidepressant medication boxes of various expressive faces, Yorkshire Tea teabags, personal writing and treasured finds.
I've taken my last Prozac tablet and I'm going to start with my doctor's protocol for reducing from tomorrow. I talk about materials I'm going to use for my collages, insights and how I'm feeling. www.janehinchliffe.com

I do hope the above videos give you some sense of what I'll be doing in the future and I'd really love for you to come along on this journey with me by using #headsup50project is you so desire and maybe starting up a conversation with me if you have any experience of depression whether personally or with someone close to you.  

Thanks for being here with me...

Jane x

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Confessions and New Artwork

Today, I'm wanting to let you know about my new style 'Confessions Of An Artist' Newsletter/Letter and to show you some brand new artwork... 

The Confessions Letter has been on my heart for some time now.  It's my way of 'getting real' and sharing honestly with you.  It's about deep connection, being vulnerable and pushing aside the Instagram or Pinterest version of life (just for a little while - it's all in the balance right?).  If you'd like to receive my next Letter, please click here

New artworks

Now for my new pastel paintings - the top one being 'hot off the easel' just yesterday.  They're all available from my shop and prints will be available here too.

I've so enjoyed creating these pieces.  They've felt gentle, feminine, nurturing and just what I've needed.   I hope you love them too.

Flowers are an easy, eloquent expression of love at a time when words can seem clumsy and inadequate.
— Lynn Coady

The flowers have all come from my garden - yes, I can't believe it either - roses still at the end of November in England!  Yep, I know.

The piece above includes some flowers from my patio - Salvia and a beautiful patio rose. The milk jug is based upon a Cath Kidston one that I own and love to use for flowers - as well as milk ;). 

Take care friends and I'll see you next time...

 

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