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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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New Artwork and Techniques

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New Artwork and Techniques

I'm thrilled to share some new artwork that I've recently created.  I'm over the moon with the 'fruits' of recent developing and honing of new techniques.

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.

- Pablo Picasso

The first new artwork that I wanted to show you is called Awakening and is the culmination of this latter creative journey I've been on I feel.

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My soul literally soared as I was creating this piece.  It's chock full of everything I love and even though the journey to this outcome was arduous, challenging and pretty ugly at times, I feel I've come through to the other side.

Below is a detail shot of some of the flowers from the top right hand corner.  They are luscious!  Lots of layering of colour, texture and heart.  It's hard to explain because I'm still working through this but it's quite transformative.

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Art is always transformative if you let it into your heart - either as the artist or the viewer - hopefully both!

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This next piece is called Faded Beauty and again feels (and is), deeply personal.  My aunt passed away recently and I had her on my mind whilst creating this piece.  There was a combination of feelings but mainly acceptance, peace, special memories and the knowledge that we had loved each other deeply once upon a time.

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It's like the figure is behind and in front of a sheer curtain simultaneously.  I think that's because I'm thinking of my aunt and though she's not physically here, she is in my heart.

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The figure is light and dark at the same time and for me that speaks of life in general.  We are surrounded by light and dark, joy and fear, love and hate.  I'm reminded that the Light is always the stronger - the tiniest flicker of a candle will always light up a dark-filled room (or soul).

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Finally, this next piece entitled Full Bloom was created out of joy!  It's like a last hooray for summer and the beginning of autumn - a celebration of sorts!  All that abundance, colour, energy but at the same time, softness, tenderness and simplicity.

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In this piece I've employed similar techniques as to the first painting - with layering, acrylic, pastels, mark making etc.

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I do hope you like these paintings.  Thanks for being here and taking a look at my new artwork.

 

 

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New painting - It's time to spread your wings

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With only a few weeks until the school summer holidays end, it seems my mind is increasingly upon our eldest son, Joseph who will be starting high school the beginning of September.  I'm still working through my feelings on this but I think that's where the inspiration for this painting must have come from - 'It's time to spread your wings'.

New painting - It's time to spread your wings - original on boxed canvas

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I think this focus of letting go stems from a combination of things really...  It's the smaller things like the subtle signs of the summer season on it's way out and autumn not far away.  It's the realisation that our youngest son is not as young as we sometimes would like him to be - do you know what I mean?  There's also some ill-health in the family and all of this reminds me that we really don't have much control at all - even when we think we do...

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it's time to spread your wings

it's time to spread your wings

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

- Alan Watts

So, this painting speaks of change but not in a negative way - we can embrace it (spread our wings) or resist it because one thing is certain, nothing stays static.  No, I don't think it means we always have to like change either but I'm trying my best to be open, curious and alert to lessons and insights that maybe it's time for me to learn.

Even in the process of creating this painting I was learning.  Learning to trust myself and the answers that I hold deep inside that only I know.  Realising that when I feel I'm losing control ie. when the painting seems to be falling apart, that another 'answer' is in the background waiting to be unearthed.  The answer might not be as I'd expected but often it's turns out to be a better fit.

I encourage you to explore your inner fears, feelings and emotions that can feel yucky or messy.  Choose paint, poetry, your journal or whatever other way feels best and then allow yourself the gift of acceptance, time and love to explore.

Jane xo

 

 

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In her heart - new painting...

This most recent painting comes from the heart.  It contains words I needed to hear and when I started to paint, the words came too.  As you can see, the painting is in a primitive, raw and child-like style and I find this to be a freeing and inspiring way to paint from the heart.  It's called - 'In her heart...' in her heart 1 15 Apr 2014 13-44.52

This painting isn't about perfection at all!  It's all about releasing stuff that's on my heart - the good, the scary, the beauty of life, worries, fears, insecurities etc.

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I used oil pastels, acrylics, collage materials, glitter glue and a little sequin for the girl's necklace. in her heart words 15 Apr 2014 11-59.21

The words that came to me were the following:

'In her heart she knows it will all work out

- that's it all meant to be for her own good. 

In the meantime, she holds on

tightly to her faith...'

I think art can be so much more than painting a 'pretty' picture (of course, it can be that too + that's great!).  It's also about expressing who we are and how we see the world at this moment in time through all our vulnerabilities and frailties.  It's about healing, working through the messy stuff of life, being brave and having faith in the ultimate outcome.  It's about sharing something deeply personal of yourself, feeling daunted and afraid, but doing it anyway.

Have a happy Easter weekend and if you are wondering about joining us on Monday, 21st April for the launch of my brand new  ecourse entitled Embrace, it's not too late to register for the class.   Please come join us, we 'd love to have you...

Jane x

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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

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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!

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Jane x

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