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Heart Letters & New 'Inspiration Library'

Getting 'real' and a new cosy creative space waiting for you to dip in and out of...

I’m changing things up a little [excited] and wanted to let you know about my new Heart Letters and free Inspiration Library that I’m busy adding the final touches to! 

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Newsletters are often not very exciting and leave me feeling a bit ‘yucky’ and I’m finding I’m really choosy about what I want in my inbox - I’m thinking you might be feeling this too?  Enter ----> Heart Letters! :)

My monthly/bi-monthly Heart Letters will include what’s really going on (good/hard) in my life; lessons learnt, what’s lighting me up and of course updates on my art, online classes and discount codes etc.  

That's not all!  When you sign up to receive the Heart Letters, you will also gain access to my new  Inspiration Library.  This is a cosy (free) and inspiring home for uplifting desktop wallpapers, relaxing art tutorials, useful and curated art resources, favourite books and free art prints to download along with many other goodies besides.  It will be a place you can come to and feel 'held' and supported as we conintue this journey together. 

Don’t worry, as more treasures are added to the Library, my Heart Letter readers will always hear from me.

If you'd like to receive my Heart Letters and enjoy a cosy little space that will help you slow down just a little, click the box below...

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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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Where do artists find their inspiration #9 Podcast

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Where do artists find their inspiration

Tips and suggestions...

Where do artists find their inspiration. Today I share suggestions for finding imagery and inspiration when creating your own artwork.  For those times when you're drawing a blank and by the time you do have a subject in mind, you're tired out!  Of course, the short answer is that there is inspiration everywhere, the long answer is found on the podcast lol.

Where do artists find their inspiration

I discuss using whatever inspiration you have right in front of you - perhaps a teapot, plant or pattern on a curtain even.  Then how about nature - seed heads, shells, birds and then of course the internet, photos and magazines etc.  Later I discuss how to collage all this source material so that you have it to hand whenever the mood strikes to create.

I do hope you find this episode useful and the next time you can't think of what to paint, you'll have a plethora of inspiration at your fingertips to turn to.

Remember, please send me your questions, comments or ideas – I’d love to hear from you.

 

Resources:

Tues, 31st January 2017 – Bloom Workshop sign up (3 places left).

Questions?: I’d love to hear from you – do you have a particular topic you’d like me to cover, an artist to interview? Email me: janehinchliffeartist @ outlook.com

Instagram: Come by and visit me.

etsy shop: My artwork: Originals, prints, gifts, cards, kits and gift cards.

Subscribe to The Art of Life Podcast via iTunes.

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Instagram + Inspiration Roundup w/e 22/11/15

Inspiration from the internet and snapshots of my week via Instagram.. 

You'll see a mixture of artwork I’ve created and posted, family pics, books I’m reading, inspiration from nature, life musings, quotes, interesting posts, podcasts, videos, resources etc.

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Firstly, above is a new original watercolour painting entitled 'It's Ewe and Me' that I recently finished and I'm happy to say, it's now over in my new online shop, right here on my website.  For me this painting is about motherhood and the tenderness that evokes (most of the time lol).  It's also about making the most of the here and now, finding beauty and inspiration even where and when you might least expect it and then having gratitude for those moments of grace and pure bliss when everything just seems to flow.

I really must tell you about a podcast I'm listening to from the brilliant teacher, Rob Bell - it's called RobCast.  It's so thought provoking and relevant to all of us, no matter whether you are a God believer, aetheist or anything in between.  He is a fantastic communicator and the way he shares his thoughts on spiritual topics is so inspiring.

Above is his latest podcast that I was listening to today as I was driving back and forth to a meeting this morning.  Let me know what you think...

Oh, one more thing - Rob is offering a free download of his first novel Millones-Cajones (he has written numerous non-fiction books also) which sounds a blast - I've just downloaded mine.  :)

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Another one of those 'grace filled' moments as I look at my son, listen to the pitter patter of the rain on the car and just absorb the wonder of my child as he eats his satsuma whilst waiting for his little brother to come out of school.

I was also interested in Judy Reeves' post about the evolution of a book because somewhere in me, there is a book screaming to get out (and maybe you too) - I just need a time slot ;)

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Another moment of noticing beauty.  I love the contrast of the red berries, the green of the grass in the foreground of the photo against the muted shades of the distant hills with the gritty, rugged feel and look of the stone wall.

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A view from the car whilst I was waiting for my husband to finish another hospital appointment regarding his leg from surgery he had in June.

I don't know where I've been that I've somehow missed Lysa TerKeurst.  She's a New York Times bestseller and has written many books with an underlying Christian theme.

She is also a keynote speaker, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, been on Oprah Winfrey and many other outlets.

Lysa writes a beautiful blog and I just wanted to share that with you - maybe the next time you have a few minutes with a cup of tea, go take a visit...

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Above is Mia, our little German Spitz Klein, (that I love sharing on Instagram) enjoying a little drip of tea after having had her breakfast on Sunday morning.  It amazes me how she loves sticking her head in the mug even though it must be dark and cramped - I wonder if she closes her eyes?

So, I'm hoping you are having a good week, have enjoyed a little inspiration and please join me over on Instagram.

 

 

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My Instagram Weekly Roundup - week ending 15/11/15

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instagram weekly roundup I love to use Instagram and follow other people there too - it's my favourite place to be from a social media perspective and I thought it would be fun to share my week with you in pictures.

In the future, there will be a mixture of artwork I've created and posted, family, books I'm reading, inspiration, quotes, moments from my day etc.  I do hope you join me over on Instagram and join in the fun directly.

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Above is a piece of original artwork painted in watercolour, called The Potting Shed - I just wanted to let you know it is still available via my Etsy shop.  My watercolours are going quickly these days, so if you're interested in one for a Christmas present, pick one up whilst you can.

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A faded rose from my garden but oh so beautiful.  I find flowers/nature still stunning even when it's past it's best - metaphor for life there somehow I think?

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Above is another original watercolour - this was was called Heather and Ewe.  I'm saying 'was' because the original has sold (before it was finished actually) but the print (next best thing to the original) is now available.

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I made some celeriac and sweet potato rosti over the weekend and above were the ingredients I used.  I must say, it was divine and below is the book (published 2008), The Great Big Veg Challenge that the recipe came from.

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Next up, a photo of my husband and our two boys.  They are my world.  No words for how much they mean to me.

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Here's a pic of my Dad (hi, if you're reading this) and myself.  It was taken on Sunday when we all went out for a yummy lunch together...

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So, have a happy week and I look forward to 'meeting you' via Instagram.  Until then...

 

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What's Not To Love? - Artist Focus: Viv, Hens Teeth

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This is a new series for my blog and one I'm really excited about - 'What's Not To Love?' is my way of sharing what's caught my eye (and heart), together with the 'why' behind the choice. Let's get started! 

For my first installment in this series, let me introduce the very talented Viv from Hens Teeth. I have to say that I have salivated over Viv's work for some time now...

Viv is a designer/maker of small artworks which hopefully bring a smile.  She lives in Staffordshire, UK.

I've noticed that Viv is featured in this month's Period Living magazine in 'The Artisan' section - so, please be sure to buy the mag and read more of Viv there.

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I'm drawn to Viv's work because obviously there is oodles of talent here, she comes over as a lovely person and of course, the items are beautifully made but it goes deeper than that for me.

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There's a feeling of by-gone days, innocence and simpler times.  I love the honesty, whimsy, naivety and truthfulness of these pieces.

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I enjoy the idea of up-cycling items such as the tin case above and fabrics etc.

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Story-making is always a favourite of mine too and I see plenty of this in Viv's work.

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Texture is another big love of mine and there's plenty of juicy texture in Hens Teeth with buttons, lace, fabric, stitching etc as well as a harmonious colour palette.

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I also adore old letters, stamps etc and the way Viv incorporates that into her work as well as words/phrases.

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The cuffs below are beautiful - I've seen many people create cuffs before but none that I've liked until now!

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To sum it all up - Viv has captured happiness, my childhood, memories of my Granny and her patchwork quilts, family, caring for others and lastly, love.

Below are various links for exploring Viv's work over at Hens Teeth...  Please take a visit and say 'Hi'.

Facebook

Website/Blog

Etsy Shop

Pinterest

Jane x

Please note: all images have been used with permission by the owner.

 

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