Roses, Picasso and Workshops

Sometimes you've just got to paint!

I picked these patio roses from my garden yesterday and just had to paint them even though we were in the middle of a plumbing disaster zone!  Whilst I was 'on call' to help my husband when needed, I threw together the piece below with such abandon and speed - it all happened in about 5 mins flat.  I just had to do it!


What struck me was how much better I felt after.  It wasn't the greatest piece I've ever done by any stretch of the imagination - it was just a rough piece after all BUT it WAS a reflection of how I felt, what I saw and my energy in that particular moment and that's what's great about art and the beauty of expressing yourself.  

This friends, is what I want to encourage in my workshops - not necessarily the end product (unless you're wanting to sell your work of course) but the process along the way.

Another great thing about creativity is that how I might interpret something today might be very different tomorrow.  What I include or NOT in my artwork today is all a personal reflection of me and my life in the here and now - I find that beautiful...

Picasso for instance used a variety of styles in his art-making.  The image on the left, Dove was used to illustrate the poster of the 1949 Paris Peace Congress and is an accurate and beautiful rendering of a pigeon that Henri Matisse gave him.  The image on the right is an abstracted, simplified version of the same bird also by Picasso and no less beautiful or meaningful in my mind, just different...

Here are some questions to ponder and these answers will give you some insight into how to include more of 'you' into your work.  

Answer the questions below:

  • What is it that delights you?  
  • What marks bring you joy?  
  • What colours light you up?  
  • What textures do you enjoy?

It doesn't matter where you are in your artistic journey - maybe you haven't picked up a brush since the age of seven and you're scared of making a 'mistake'. I understand that and I was the same way but truly the benefits and blessings that we receive when putting brush to paper are numerous.

Lastly, risk getting it 'wrong' and know you can begin again.  Some of your pieces will please you more than others.  Some will have been carefully rendered and others put together in a few moments.  They're all valuable...

roses display
In my workshops, all I’m interested in, is helping you interpret your personal vision!  
— Jane
Grassfield Hall

So with all that said, if you would like to create loose, personally expressive and meaningful floral paintings at the beautiful Grassfield Hall on Friday, 7th July 10.30am-2pm, please book here and join us, I can't wait to create with you!


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Painting Workshop Update


I wanted to drop by and give you all an update regarding BLOOM, the painting workshop I taught yesterday.

Three words - 'It was amazing!'

I loved everything about teaching Bloom, my new painting workshop.  Totally shattered by the time I returned home but with that happy and content kind of tired, you know?

Bloom painting workshop

It's been a dream of mine to gather women together and to encourage them to delve deep into their creativity for a very long time and as I offered this painting workshop to a half-dozen women yesterday, it totally ticked all the boxes for me.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Bloom painting workshop

The thing about dreams, is that they inevitably require you to step out of your comfort zone and to believe in yourself and to then act upon the quiet whisper of the soul.  This takes enormous courage (and don't let anyone tell you otherwise) and conviction.

Bloom painting workshop

My journey has taken many paths before I stepped onto yesterday's and I think it had to be this way - I just wouldn't have been ready before.  Who knows where all this will take me but I'm really listening in to my Father and trusting I'm heading where He would have me go.  In amongst it all, I'm trying my best to discern what and how to use my gifts in a way that serves my Creator.

Bloom painting workshop

I'm very much an introvert and yet felt very much called to begin this 'arm' of my work.  It's just beginning to grow fruits from a public perspective (although the planning has been behind the curtains for a long while) and it feels rather like a tender seed which is just beginning to reach up for the sunlight and thrive.  It feels quite delicate, all new but very much alive.

Bloom painting workshop

I already have enough people for another two workshops and now need to figure out dates/times logistics and what's best for the majority.  Of course, don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in attending one of my painting workshops or for a 'Paint With Me Session' if that suits you better and there are two or more of you near the Pateley Bridge area.




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