A beautiful new Collection!

Interweave have put together a sweet collection for my book,  Art Lessons and  6 of my favourite watercolours from Daniel Smith!

It was very hard to select only six of my favourite  colours by the way. The range of Daniel Smith Watercolours is HUGE and they are all pretty amazing… but I went with three of the colours I replace most often in my own palette ( Buff Titanium, Moonglow, Sleeping Beauty) and then added three colours that do fancy tricks on the paper.

Cascade Green and Lunar Blue develop into split hues as they dry (you have to experience that  to understand the joy it brings!). And Rhodonite is a pink that you can take from  blush to Flamingo to Mary Quant just just with how much water you use with it.

Watercolour is so , so, so wonderful, and these particular DS watercolors are delicious with a capital D (for Davenpeep, lol!).

  • Buff Titanium
  • Rhodonite Genuine
  • Moonglow
  • Lunar Blue
  • Sleeping Beauty Turquise ( actual crushed turquoise from Sleeping Beauty Mountain – hello!)
  • Cascade Green

I know you may already have my book ( because you are wonderful!) but you could gift it to a special friend.


It’s an amazing, beautiful, sweet Collection!

And the best part is, at retail the Collection is US$ 188
and they are $99 now!

Click here to go see:

Jane Davenport’s Whimsical Faces in Mixed-Media Collection

IF you are in Australia – we have the Daniel Smith Watercolours here: click


JOYnal Give-away and Scholarship!

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 12.39.36 pmMy next online class is called JOYnal and the excitement is building up in the Facebook group already. We have some great swaps going on and just arty fun in general. One of the things I enjoy most about my life is the communities I bring together. Awesome is probably the most overused word ever, but… well it’s awesome!

JOYnal is all about reconnecting with your playful spirit. When you drew as a child you didn’t worry about talent or the quality of your finished art, you just let your imagination go and tried to keep up with it. Reconnecting with that creative spirit is relaxing and liberating. It unleashes a playful energy that can fill your whole day!

Fun stuff #janedavenportworkshops #JOYnal

Fun stuff #janedavenportworkshops #JOYnal

JOYnal is about to go ‘Live’.

A ‘LIVE’ class simply means a bunch of us get together and start at the beginning! It was suggested I call this type of class a “LIVELY’ class because the community comes alive with so much fun and inspiring energy!
Alumni who have already completed the workshop and brand new JOYnalers are welcome!

  • Live version starts September 1st
  • You then have Forever Access!
  • Australian Dollars: $165 (  aprox 118 USD, 75GBP, 102 EUR)
  • 8 comprehensive Lessons.
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I am setting up 3 people with a Scholarship for JOYnal!
All you need do is join leave a comment here on my Blog about your favourite Fairytale heroine. Mine is Red Riding Hood! You’ll find out why in JOYnal…
If you are already a member of JOYnal, and you are chosen, I have a different prize for you!

To enter you need to post some of your work from JOYnal for friends and family to see on Facebook, Instagram, your Blog or wherever you hang out online. Make sure to mention what you enjoyed most from the workshop. A joy shared is happiness doubled, right?!
Then just report back here on this Blog post so I can seewhat you have been up to.

And the prizes?
How about your choice of three of the incredible Daniel Smith Watercolours from my Dot card collection

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AND a set of my favourite Princeton Neptune Watercolour brushes!

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Good luck and I’ll draw the three winners this Friday.



Jane/ Danger

Daniel Smith Feature

I have a feature on the Daniel Smith Site that is all about Buff Titanium. I just visited the site and when I saw my name come up on the front page with a host of fabulous watercolourists, I did let out a yip of delight!

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 9.35.04 amBuff Titanium is one of my most used watercolours. When I look at it mixed in with all the other colours in my Daniel Smith Collection, it stands out for two reasons.

1.  It’s not fancy.

2. The well is always near empty and needing to be refilled ( the other most refilled space in Shadow Violet and Moonglow, just in case you were wondering!)

Anyway, I wrote a whole article about it and its uses for me.

You can visit it here: clickclick-here-Button

You can see my Daniel Smith Watercolour collection in all its glory in my store!


or on Amazon here:

Madly in  love with those magical watercolours!
Jane/ Danger


New Art Video for the Documented Life Project

I am one of the invited guest artists for The Documented Life Project.

DLP eyes- jane davenport 365The theme for the Project is this month is:

Expressive Faces

and the Journal Prompt this week is:

I can see clearly now

DLP eyes- jane davenport 362The story:

These are the journal pages that I had fun creating as I considered the prompt. I took the turmoils of a disjointed, random, messy background and bought focus to it. There were a few mis-steps along the way, a few alterations to my direction, some changes, but as I created things became clearer and more distinct. I love it when I can see my artwork emerging from the mysterious mists of imagination where it all starts, and forming edges and boundaries and shape.

i don’t tend to include much dialogue or text in my journal pages. The inner expression comes out in my art. In this case I received a clear message: the calm face looking out at me has a touch of concern in her eyes. She seems to be saying ‘Take stock of where you are now. Enjoy the moment. Look at the joy around you with clear vision.’ In the chaos and colour of life, you can always find your focus. That is what Eye can see clearly now.

About the process:

In a large hand made journal I started with a random background that was just sitting in there, waiting for such an occasion! I like to use up leftover paint and collage ephemera on random pages in my journals, so I have a little bank of backgrounds already started when I need them.
I used colour pencil to draw out the face amongst the paint and collage.
For the rest, I documented the whole process in the following video!

it shows the  new way I have been shading eyes. ( I’m always playing with my style!).

This video is about how these pages came together.
‘Eye Can see Clearly now’ – Jane Davenport


DLP eyes- jane davenport 364 DLP eyes- jane davenport 363   SUPPLIES I USED:
Prismacolor Pencils ( Dark Brown)
White China Marker
Pigma Professional Brush
Circular template
Schmincke watercolours – Jane Davenport set
Quill Neptune watercolour brush from Princeton in Size 4

DLP eyes- jane davenport 361 Thank you for joining me here to celebrate the fun of the Documented Life Project! And thank you to the girls from Art to the 5th for inviting me along.

For more examples and full instructions on how I draw my expressive faces you can join me in some of my in- depth online workshops.

The best starting point is ‘Supplies Me’. It is my Foundation Class and holds the basics for face and figure drawing as well as a slew of techniques with a wide variety of art supplies.

You can purchase signed copies of my book here:

or from Amazon here:

For more info on the Documented Life Project: click

I hope you join me in creating some expressive eyes!DLP eyes- jane davenport 360



Your Favourite Colour (and giveaway!)

I’m curious to know what your favourite colour is and why and I have a giveaway to encourage you to share!

Mine is pretty easy to guess! I like to call ‘my’ particular shade of aquamarine/ turquoise ‘Bali Blue’.
It reminds me of tropical ocean on white sand… I find it refreshing, relaxing and uplifting.

This is my Daybed strewn with all shades of blue, but an emphasis  on the aqua.

favourite colours- jane davenport 384  This is me strewn on the daybed!favourite colours- jane davenport 375 favourite colours- jane davenport 377But its everywhere in my studio, from the washi forest (which continues to grow): favourite colours- jane davenport 378to my magical throne and bookcase made from old window shutters favourite colours- jane davenport 379 It’s even in the water!favourite colours- jane davenport 385 And on me. I fell in love with this  necklace at the Bangalow Markets. I love being able to chat with the person who made the things I cherish.favourite colours- jane davenport 386 In my hands:favourite colours- jane davenport 389favourite colours- jane davenport 387 Under my feet:favourite colours- jane davenport 388


I use it in my artwork of course, and in my websites.  It’s a major feature on my book cover.  So back to the Give-away!

Leave me a message on what your fave colour is and why.

That will put you in the running for a signed copy of my book and a seat in the  Mutual Admiration Society  with Donna Downey and I.  We are big believers in utilising your favourite colours while you are creating your art!

mas-banner-2.jpgYou see us in action and hear us discussing why in our  collaboration in the Mutual Admiration Society ( the logo for which I designed with my fave colour – naturally!)


If you are already a member of the MAS or have my book, leave a comment anyway and if your name is drawn, I’ll come up with a little lovely arty something for you! In my favourite colour… lol!

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Jane/ Danger