Picasso Online Course - Offer Ending Soon

Piccaso Online Course - offer ending Sunday

I just wanted to give you a quick reminder that my early bird offer of £35 on my Picasso online course will end on Sunday at midnight (GMT - London) - it will then increase to £49!

Would you like to take a closer look and paint in the style of Picasso in his Rose Period?

Join me in this online course as we look at the colours and style he worked with and then paint in ‘his footsteps’. We’ll be creating three beautiful portraits along with a bonus piece and warm up, all with the essence and flavour of Picasso.

There’s always so much to learn in art and I just had to include a bit of the background to Picasso’s Rose Period - I promise, it will make his art come to life when you know and understand the back story.

This course will immerse you into some of Picasso’s paintings like never before…

The classroom will open on Wednesday, 26th September 2018 with full and instant access.

Let’s get started!

Jane x

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Giveaway! - A Painterly Jaunt Into Picasso's Rose Period Online Art Class

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I'm getting really excited about my upcoming online art class A Painterly Jaunt Into Picasso's Rose Period and wanted to celebrate with you!

I think you're going to love this new painting class!

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To celebrate this new class with you, I'd LOVE to offer one free place in the classroom!

A Painterly Jaunt Into Picasso's Rose Period contains three full lessons, a warm up lesson and a bonus lesson!  The class contains over 5 hours worth of material and contains so much delicious inspiration from this period of the great Picasso.  

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To enter for a place in the classroom, all you need to do is to leave a comment on THIS post.

For additional chances to win:

*Share this new class and giveaway via Facebook by sharing the post

*Pin the class image to Pinterest

*Tweet about the class and tag @jane_hinchliffe #janehInchliffeonlineartclasses

*Blog about the class and giveaway

*Follow me on Instagram

*Instagram about the class and tag @janehinchliffe #janehinchliffeonlineartclasses

(please come back to this post and let me know each time you do one of the above for an additional chance to win).

This giveaway will close on Friday, 7th September 11.59pm GMT (UK time)

I will announce the winner on Saturday, 8th September 2018 via this blog.

Thank you so much for sharing this post, for taking my classes and being so supportive of my work.

Jane xo

 

 

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Early Bird Offer/New Class - A Painterly Jaunt Into Picasso's Rose Period

Early Bird Offer For New Online Class - Picasso's Rose Period

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I'm excited to share that my latest class, A Painterly Jaunt Into Picasso's Rose Period has opened up for registration and is available for purchase at an early bird price of £35 (this will increase to £49). The classroom is due to officially open on or before Wednesday, September 25 2018.  

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
— Pablo Picasso

Why this new class on Picasso?

Well, we've all heard of Picasso but not necessarily his 'Rose Period' which in French, 'Rose' means pink. This comparatively short time was from the latter part of 1904 until 1906 and came right after his Blue Period which marked a particularly difficult time for Picasso after losing a very good friend of his.  

The Rose Period saw the beginnings of a new relationship for Picasso and happier times, hence the change of palette to brown, oranges, red ocher and rose together with the change of focus/subject in his work. After delving into his paintings and being captivated by what I saw and painted, I couldn't wait to share this with you!

Who is this class for?

This class is for anyone who would like to explore Picasso and be inspired by the way he used colour and evoked mood during his 'Rose Period'. Enjoy creating paintings that feel tender and intimate, with warm colours and self expression. Take Picasso's lead and then 'go your own way, with me as I guide you.  

There's so much to share with you and I hope you'll come paint with me...

Jane x


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9 Ways To Reduce Stress By Creating Art

If you're feeling the symptoms of stress or anxiety, you're not alone...

We live in a fast paced world and when we don't take the time to restore ourselves, we can feel overwhelmed and unable to relax even when we need and want to.  This can all to easily lead to feelings of anxiety, restlessness and in some cases depression.  

Today, I want to encourage you and say that we can ALL create art that feeds our soul.  If you can pick up a brush and apply paint, you can make art!  Please don't think you have to be an 'artist' in order to create art that lights you up or nurtures YOU.  

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There are many therapeutic benefits of creating art and reducing stress is just one of them.  It has also been proven that making art reduces high blood pressure and helps us to examine our feelings in a sub-conscious and non-threatening way.  Creating art also slows breathing (how amazing is that!) and is beautifully restorative and life-giving.
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If you're feeling overwhelmed and in need of de-stressing, look no further than a set of paints, paper and some brushes.    

You don't need to be a professional artist to make art and to see the benefits that making art can have on your life. 

Art helps you to slow down and put to one side feelings of anxiety, internal chatter and worry and instead put your attention to really seeing what is in front of you - it's very meditative.

Here are just some ways to start getting creative and making some art just for you: 

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Paint Outdoors - bring a small bag of supplies including watercolour paints, watercolour reservoir brush, art journal, pencil, eraser and paper towel.  More tips here... Begin by drawing something small like a wild flower, some clouds, pebbles, your dog, a person or a tree.  Next 'colour in' using your paints or coloured pencils.  Above is an example of a watercolour sketch a did at an RHS garden nearby.  The sculptural bench was both a challenge but also meditative as I couldn't not give it my full attention and by doing this, it puts aside the things of life for a little bit (which sometimes feels a relief...)  

Clay - air drying paper clay is brilliant for creating a little pinch pot.  Clay is so tactile and lovely to work with, you can't help but slow down and feel the cathartic benefits when you devote a little time. 

Colouring In - if painting your own scene isn't for you, there are so many beautiful colouring books out there and they are a lovely way to do a little creating in front of the television (or not) and enjoy the meditative benefits. 

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Colour - as we all know colour is very emotive - just think of a red dress versus a pale blue one.  Ordinarily red, orange and yellow are warm colours and usually associated with happiness and joy but equally may represent anger.  Try 'feeling' your way with colour on paper.  For instance you may ask yourself, 'Do I resonate with dark blue, light pink or violet today?'.  Whichever colour you choose, paint it on your paper and sit with the colours, close your eyes and take a deep breath.  

Paint A Face - the process of painting a face never ceases to amaze me.  It's difficult to put into words but when drawing faces, it's like you're looking at a part of yourself and this allows you to self reflect and get to know yourself and your feelings better. 

 
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Collage - use torn bits of magazine paper (see photo to the left), old books or any other papers you have and enjoy creating a simple scene, flower, a bird or a torn paper landscape. I also have an online class on the topic of collage called Fragments Of Joy and a personal project I'm mid-way through called Heads Up 50 (see photo above).

Pattern - the creation of repetitive shapes can be very calming and satisfying.  The process becomes a meditative act and can help you to reduce feelings of anxiety by using repetition ie. circles, triangles. 

Create With Friends - you can do all of the above and more with friends.  Gather some materials, some tea and with good company you'll be creating all sorts of things before you know it!  Think quilting bees and the camaraderie from creating together.

Soulful Release Art - when I'm struggling with overwhelm or worry, I like to write out what's on my heart without any sensor and then I simply paint over it after having taken some time to pray and reflect.  The idea is to 'cover over' the 'rubbish' and instead replace it with goodness, truth and beauty.  I might listen to some relaxing music, drink some tea, sit out in the garden or just close my eyes before covering over what I've written.  The process is always sacred, restorative and heart-felt (see right).   I may write out a bible verse, quote or poem that also helps to bring about calm, comfort or wise words. 

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Lastly, I do hope some of these ideas bring you a little bit of comfort and a chance to rejuvenate.  As always, please say 'Hi' over on Instagram or email me if you have any questions...

Jane xo


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Instagram Spotlight - Eugenia Loli Collage Artist

Today I'm sharing just some of the amazing work of collage artist - Eugenia Loli via another Instagram Spotlight

I'm continuing to explore all things collage whilst revisiting my class Fragments Of Joy and just had to share Eugenia's work with you.  Not only is Eugenia a collage artist but she is also an illustrator and film maker (her background is technology).  Eugenia is from Greece but has lived in California for many years. 

I find her work to be inventive, entertaining, intelligent and well, brilliant!

This is what Eugenia says about her work:

It’s important for me to “say” something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a “narrative” scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot.
— Eugenia
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Below are just some of my favourites:

* The 'Cosmic Ballerinas' are part of the 'Worshipped Women' series and I love them!  

* The Farscapes series includes Rising Mountain (top row, middle) and Sea Poppies (third row, far left) aren't they brilliant - love the vintage feel to them too. 

More Titles:

Unconscious Experiences (second row, left). 

Let me get that for you (second row, far right)

Element 115 (third row, middle)

The Oh, L'Amour series is fun and I've included one collage from that series (bottom row, far left).

As an aside, I also love the titles of the collages - they make you think...  

So, I hope you've enjoyed that burst of inspiration from collage artist, Eugenia Loli - please visit her and thanks for visiting me.

Take care,

Jane x

 

Where to find Eugenia:

Eugenia - The Cargo Collective - Website

Instagram: eugenia_loli

Shop: Work for sale

Note: All images are copyright of Eugenia Loli. 


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Gift For You - Mixed Media Collage Video Tutorial

Today I'm really excited to offer you a free mixed media collage video tutorial...

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If you ever stop by my Facebook or Instagram feed, you'll have noticed that I've been enjoying learning, experimenting and playing with collage after recently adding a bonus project to my online class, Fragments Of Joy

There are just so many ways to use collage in artwork and there are pretty much no rules - this is good news to me and to you! 

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What You Will Learn:

In this free tutorial, I show you how to integrate photographic imagery (see reference photo  below) along with a hand-drawn expressive portrait.  I also incorporate a pressed oak leaf, grasses, lace etc - please scroll down the page to see the supplies I used.

Along the way, you'll be there as I encounter 'issues' and see how I overcome them.

You'll gain some understanding for my choices of items to add from a compositional point of view and how it evolves into a final piece of artwork. 

Reference Photo 

The photographer's name is Annie Spratt (love her work) and here is the link to this royalty free image obtained via Unsplash

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Supply List

Derwent XL Charcoal

Watersoluble pencil - Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth

Mixed Media Paper

Papers - tissue, book print

Dried grasses, pressed oak leaf

Embroidery thread

Lace

Liquitex Matte Medium

Gelatos - peach/pink

Sennelier oil pastels

White paint

Brushes - large, medium and detail

Paper towel, water, palette paper etc. 


Goodbye and I Hope You've Enjoyed This Tutorial...

I feel privileged to have been your creative guide for this tutorial and would like to encourage you to keep going, keep learning and developing your own style - oh, and have fun!


Want To Have More Fun With Collage?

Why Not Purchase Fragments Of Joy?

 
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Please note, if you're a Hearts Letter subscriber (or would like to be), you automatically receive a 20% instant discount code for both my classes - (£35 normally or £28 with discount).

This class is available worldwide and can be purchased using a debit or credit card on this secure site.  Here is a handy currency exchange checker.


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