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Don't Like What's On TV? Sketch, Paint and Doodle, Instead

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Getting in some creativity when you can

Now that our boys are teenagers and that bit older, they tend to go to bed a little later these days and whilst my husband and I might not always have the same viewing choices as our sons, we do enjoy being together as a family…

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The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

It’s very important to me to spend time with my family and it’s also a lovely way to occasionally get in a little creative time. So, I’ve put together a little cosmetic bag filled with basic art supplies in our living room that includes a Pentel water brush, Pentel pencil, Winsor & Newton watercolour travel kit, paper towel, some markers and an eraser. I work from a Paperchase scrapbook and find that as long as I don’t flood the paper with water, it’s more than fine for my purposes.

As far as inspiration on what to paint, I find keeping a small stash of my favourite magazines or, painting what I see in the moment is so much fun. In fact, some of the flowers I’ve drawn/painted were from a plate I’d eaten a little snack from! In other words, let your surroundings inspire you.

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It’s fun to mix things up a bit - I’ve included floral images, portraits, pattern, text etc.

I wonder what elements you might include? Perhaps symbols or mark making. Anything goes…

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Over to you?

In the comments below, please share if you already create in front of the tv? I’d love to hear how you find it. What supplies do you use and do you find it relaxing?

Keep creating friends…

Jane x

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NEW CLASS - Portraits In Time

I'm thrilled to announce registration is open for my new online class Portraits In Time.

I adore portraiture, all things vintage, art history AND I'm always fascinated by the lives of our female 'ancestors'.  This class combines those passions (and so much more) and I'm beyond excited to have you join me on this exploration. 


*** EARLY BIRD PRICE: ONLY £35 ($45 approx) - FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ***

REGULAR PRICE IS £49 ($63 approx)  - WITH LIFETIME ACCESS & DOWNLOADABLE VIDEOS

*** Limited Spaces Available ***


A brief description of projects and lessons

  • This class combines THREE separate art projects, PLUS a BONUS mixed media project AS WELL AS, three warm up pieces.

  • In addition, there are SEPARATE videos and info. on photo transfer, charcoal, watercolour and soft pastel. 

  • REFERENCE PHOTOS are provided so you don't have to find your own source material.

  • Being a social/domestic and art history nut, I've included some INSIGHTS of some amazing and well-known WOMEN (and a couple men) from the late 1800's - early 1900's.  I believe this aspect to the course is a beautiful compliment to the MAIN focus of the ART.

  • I'll also share any RESOURCES that I've found interesting or useful ie. books and links etc. - of course, since you have 'lifetime access', you can dip in and out of this complimentary aspect to the course whenever you wish.

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The Suffragette Movement - winning the right for women to vote

I look forward to you joining me...

Jane x


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The Art of Life #3 - Tips / Benefits of Loosening Up With Watercolour

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Tips/benefits of loosening up with watercolour

  • Do you ever struggle for inspiration with your artwork?
  • Or, do you sometimes long to paint with abandon after working on a particular tight painting?
  • Perhaps you're salivating at the idea of painting in watercolour but are feeling unsure and perhaps fearful of taking that first step?

Don't fear - in this week’s episode, we’ll explore some ways to use watercolour as a jumping off point, a means of relaxation and exploration, play between painting 'for real' and a way to dabble as a beginner.  I chat about the idea of, just as an athlete warms up prior to competing, so must a creative.

I go on to share various ways of loosening up with watercolour, why and how it can help you and what supplies I'd recommend.

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Resources:

Artwork shown above – A Mother's Love - original watercolour by me.

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  - (Click image for more info.) - Just Add Watercolour by Helen Birch.

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Roses - journal peek

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My Mum bought me some gorgeous roses the other day and I just couldn't resist sketching them out and then applying watercolour to my art journal. In my last post, you can watch a little video showing how I was inspired by roses from my garden a few days ago!

Art Journal Time - Roses

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As I was working in my journal, the flowers were reminding me of precious Summers from my childhood and memories of helping my Granny prune her treasured roses - I can still see her in my mind's eye.

The other vivid memory I have of roses, is that I absolutely adored making rose perfume - well my version anyway.  I would be about six or seven and I would put rose petals in a little warm water and then leave them overnight and dab the 'perfume' behind my ears.  I totally believed I 'major' smelled of roses... [happy memories].

A few years down the road and I'm reminded of the red roses that my hubby bought me when he proposed to me.  I still have them after all these years - dried of course.

Do you have any special memories of roses from your childhood or adulthood even?

I particularly like David Austin roses.  My mother-in-law purchased some of his roses when we moved into our current house and she lovingly planted them all the way down the driveway...  (thank you B).  By the way, I've just noticed David Austin Roses won a gold in the Chelsea flower show this year with their Rose Garden Exhibit.   A particular stunningly beautiful specimen is the Olivia Rose.

You might have noticed that one of the roses is particularly yellow, yet there are no yellow roses in the vase?  Yep, you would be right - I just felt like using some yellow as it matched my mood - ie happy!

I do hope this has inspired you to grab a flower or two (or even a weed) and do a little sketching/watercolour in your journal.  If it has, please let me know - it would make my day...

Jane xo

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embrace ecourse

 

If you would like to see more on watercolour painting along with other ways to enjoy/embrace nature and life itself - take a little look here.

 

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Capture Summer : journal page

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It's the third day of the school Summer holidays and if you're anything like me, you'll already feel like you're creating some really special memories that you want to capture in your journal.  If you live in the States, then you'll definitely have lots of juicy memories since your holidays begin in June. Anyway, yesterday the boys and I met up with a friend and her son in this glorious weather at Newby Hall & Gardens in Ripon.  What a lovely place with inspiration oozing everywhere.  From Newby Hall itself, to the flowers, miniature railway, fantastic sculpture, the gardens etc.

I ended up taking several photos of flowers (lots of sighing from the boys), the boys (of course) and things of general interest and went ahead and printed out my favourites.  Then I did three quick watercolour sketches and adhered them to the prepared journal page.  See the last photo for the end result.

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Anyway, I'm happy with the result and the main benefit is that I have some of my fave photos of the day printed out and not stuck in my hard-drive!   It's amazing how many photos we accrue isn't it and I find so much of those memories are forgotten.

And yes, that IS the boys doing some stone sculpting.  They had a sculpture exhibition at Newby along with the opportunity for children (and adults) to have a go with a chisel (and goggles, thank goodnesss).

I'll be sharing the whole process of the above journal spread in the Delight ecourse this Autumn.

Jane xo

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration for you: Roses 'play sketch' video

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Don't you just love the roses at this time of year? 

Every year I swoon over roses like I'd never seen them before!  Their beauty both astounds and astonishes me.

Two roses on one slender spray; in sweet communion grew.  Together hailed the morning ray; and drank the evening dew.

- James Montgomery

This morning I ventured into the garden and cut some roses (see photo below) to bring inside and with the idea of having fun sketching them.  I put the process on the video below too!

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As you can see, I made very loose sketches with my focus being on the petals and the colour.

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I did side view sketches, the leaves, a rose petal and (of course) a rose in full bloom!

You'll see from the video that it's quite easy to sketch roses because for the purpose of this activity, no-one else is going to know the exact colour of your rose or the positioning of each and every petal - so just have fun and know you have my wholehearted permission to use a a 'bucket load' of artistic license with the shapes, colours and whatever else!

I do hope you enjoy the video...

Roses 'play sketch' in watercolour from Jane Hinchliffe on Vimeo.

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Serenity in a teacup

Ah, by the way, above is a painting inspired from some roses from my garden last year.  I had displayed them in the little china teacup and saucer (that you see in the painting-my Mum's) and a couple of days later decided to paint them with this semi abstract background and oodles of texture.  The painting is called 'Serenity in a teacup'.


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Just a little update...

PS. You might have been wondering what's the latest news on my upcoming ecourse - Delight?  It was due to start on August 1st but with the Summer holidays soon upon us (tomorrow is last day of school), the commissioned painting I've been working on for the past five weeks etc, etc, I've decided to keep my sanity (lol) and postpone launching until Autumn 2014.  I do hope you understand...

In the meantime, I've also been working very hard (a lot of late nights and times where I thought I could break my computer for sheer frustration!) at building a 'virtual classroom/membership area' to my site and that too is just about completed for 'Embrace'.  This will make facilitating my ecourses so much easier and hopefully will be a lovely space to receive your ecourse materials.

I'm just so excited that things are moving on because now I feel I can put some focused attention into my blog, 'my tribe' and offerings that I wish to share with you all - plus spend some family time with my beloved hubby and boys this Summer.

Thanks for understanding and wishing me well - you're the greatest...

Jane xo

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