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Instagram Spotlight - Eugenia Loli Collage Artist

Today I'm sharing just some of the amazing work of collage artist - Eugenia Loli via another Instagram Spotlight

I'm continuing to explore all things collage whilst revisiting my class Fragments Of Joy and just had to share Eugenia's work with you.  Not only is Eugenia a collage artist but she is also an illustrator and film maker (her background is technology).  Eugenia is from Greece but has lived in California for many years. 

I find her work to be inventive, entertaining, intelligent and well, brilliant!

This is what Eugenia says about her work:

It’s important for me to “say” something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a “narrative” scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot.
— Eugenia
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Below are just some of my favourites:

* The 'Cosmic Ballerinas' are part of the 'Worshipped Women' series and I love them!  

* The Farscapes series includes Rising Mountain (top row, middle) and Sea Poppies (third row, far left) aren't they brilliant - love the vintage feel to them too. 

More Titles:

Unconscious Experiences (second row, left). 

Let me get that for you (second row, far right)

Element 115 (third row, middle)

The Oh, L'Amour series is fun and I've included one collage from that series (bottom row, far left).

As an aside, I also love the titles of the collages - they make you think...  

So, I hope you've enjoyed that burst of inspiration from collage artist, Eugenia Loli - please visit her and thanks for visiting me.

Take care,

Jane x

 

Where to find Eugenia:

Eugenia - The Cargo Collective - Website

Instagram: eugenia_loli

Shop: Work for sale

Note: All images are copyright of Eugenia Loli. 


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Gift For You - Mixed Media Collage Video Tutorial

Today I'm really excited to offer you a free mixed media collage video tutorial...

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If you ever stop by my Facebook or Instagram feed, you'll have noticed that I've been enjoying learning, experimenting and playing with collage after recently adding a bonus project to my online class, Fragments Of Joy

There are just so many ways to use collage in artwork and there are pretty much no rules - this is good news to me and to you! 

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What You Will Learn:

In this free tutorial, I show you how to integrate photographic imagery (see reference photo  below) along with a hand-drawn expressive portrait.  I also incorporate a pressed oak leaf, grasses, lace etc - please scroll down the page to see the supplies I used.

Along the way, you'll be there as I encounter 'issues' and see how I overcome them.

You'll gain some understanding for my choices of items to add from a compositional point of view and how it evolves into a final piece of artwork. 

Reference Photo 

The photographer's name is Annie Spratt (love her work) and here is the link to this royalty free image obtained via Unsplash

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Supply List

Derwent XL Charcoal

Watersoluble pencil - Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth

Mixed Media Paper

Papers - tissue, book print

Dried grasses, pressed oak leaf

Embroidery thread

Lace

Liquitex Matte Medium

Gelatos - peach/pink

Sennelier oil pastels

White paint

Brushes - large, medium and detail

Paper towel, water, palette paper etc. 


Goodbye and I Hope You've Enjoyed This Tutorial...

I feel privileged to have been your creative guide for this tutorial and would like to encourage you to keep going, keep learning and developing your own style - oh, and have fun!


Want To Have More Fun With Collage?

Why Not Purchase Fragments Of Joy?

 
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To purchase the class - Fragments Of Joy, click the button below.

Please note, if you're a Hearts Letter subscriber (or would like to be), you automatically receive a 20% instant discount code for both my classes - (£35 normally or £28 with discount).

This class is available worldwide and can be purchased using a debit or credit card on this secure site.  Here is a handy currency exchange checker.


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Paper Collage Portrait Bonus Project - Fragments Of Joy - Online Art Class

Portrait Collage Project - Summer Bonus Content for Fragments of Joy

I've been enjoying creating paper collage portraits this week and judging by how many positive emails and comments I've received, I thought it would be a lovely to add this project (at no extra cost) to Fragments of Joy - Play and Possibilities With Collage - one of my online art classes. 

If you can cut or tear, you can collage...
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Here is a little information on the class below:

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The classroom is open, the videos are all downloadable and the class is self-paced.  This means that even though you may be really busy this summer (and beyond) with children off school, holidays, day trips etc, you get to dip in and out of the content when it's convenient for you. 

In case you're wondering, there are three other full projects (plus this new one), five mini projects, a little piece on art history and more!

The full description for the class is here and the short description underneath. 

 
Fragments Of Joy - Self Paced Online Art Class

Self-Paced, Lifetime Access with Downloadable Videos

For the full class description, click here.

This class is all about letting go using collage.  

Contains:

Three full projects

Five Extra Mini Projects

Bonus collage portrait

A little art history

Pinterest board

More Resources

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Enjoy the feeling of spontaneity as you create collages using 'fragments of joy' ie. scraps of paper, fabric, lace etc.  Make a 'memory or story' photo collage in a re-purposed book and then be filled with delight as you piece together a floral still life.  Watch your artwork transform with the addition of atmospheric transparent layers.  Embrace play - make art that doesn't have to 'make sense' but instead makes you feel joyful!  

Receive lots of tips, suggestions and ideas for using collage as a way to explore new inspiration as well as take a little detour as to how some famous artists have embraced collage.

After purchase, you will receive an email with details on how to access the private classroom.

 

This class is perfect for the beginner, or someone who just feels they don't possess any creative gene but would really like to try (incidentally, I believe we are ALL creative).  Equally, an artist would find this class great for a tackling a creative block, for trying out new ideas or if you're just needing to 'let off steam' and have some fun with spontaneous jumping off points like Matisse did when he began 'carving into colour' - by the end he'd made over 120 of them!

I hope you get to join us over in the classroom.


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

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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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[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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