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

New Collage - Hope


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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

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Brand New Mini Class - Flower Crown Girls - Registration Open

The Perfect Combination - Painting Portraits and Flowers!

flower crown girls class

I'm excited to share my new online class with you: Flower Crown Girls.  

This mini class is open for registration now, for all levels of experience and the classroom will open the end of February and as this class is self-paced, meaning that even if you are short on time at the moment, you'll know it's there for you when you have a little snippet of time and you're itching to do some painting, or want to try something different. 

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The cost is nice and affordable at just £20 - remember, this class has lifetime access and is self-paced. 


Some of what you will learn in this class:

  • Enjoy three full portrait projects
  • Experiment using alternative colour palettes
  • Learn how to mix colour effectively
  • Paint one project using just the primary colours
  • Adopt an illustrative feel for one of the portraits
  • Add your own motifs and bring your painting to life
  • Paint loose and also paint 'realistic'
  • 'Adorn' your portraits with earrings, bows or jewellery
  • Learn tips for drawing and some useful aids
  • Enjoy an upcoming BONUS project
  • + so much more!

Thanks for being here and thank you to all who have purchased this class, I'm most appreciative of your support.  

Jane x


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Vulnerability and Depression - Heads Up - New Project for 2018!

Self expression, art, vulnerability and depression

And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
— Anaïs Nin
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According to Mind, a UK mental health charity:

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

New Project Introduction

If you receive my 'Confessions' Newsletter, then you'll have already received a heads up about a new project I'm undertaking.  Today, I want to share this news with you, dear reader. 

For the last nine years or so, I have swallowed an anti-depressant daily.  This medication has done a really good job of removing those horrific symptoms of clinical depression that I (and my close family) endured on and off for the previous 20 or so years.  


I turned 50 in December - I know, I can't believe it!  Maybe that has something to do with all of this, I'm not sure but I do know that I'm curious.  I'm curious about who I am without these tablets.  

I've of course talked this over with my Doctor and husband and per my doctor's advice, I'm going to begin decreasing my medicine in March when there is more natural daylight. I really don't know how this will all go for me but I certainly want to try.  


As for the personal artwork that l'll be creating, it seems only fitting to create 50 pieces of artwork to represent each year of my life.  There will be a journaling element to this work too and I see it being ongoing until at least Autumn.  I'm calling the project - HeadsUp.  

This isn't just about me though.  I want to explore the stigma behind mental health, share others' stories, shed some myths and get some honest conversation going.  

From a positive perspective, I want to look at what can help.  I'll explore how art, creativity, nature, self-care and slow living can potentially help someone who is experiencing depression as well as any personal/practical insights that I encounter along the way.  

If you feel you might have something to share, please get in touch - I'd love to hear from you. 

I do hope that you stick around to see these artworks and this project emerging over the months to come.

Jane xo


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