What a woman!

I currently have no power in my house. After a big storm front hit, the whole area is out. This is bad timing because I have been researching one of my favourite artists for the past week and I am Super inspired to get filming my part of the Studying Under the Masters workshop!  I had a fair bit of Frida knowledge already, but I am discovering new elements of her and her artwork all the time. What a woman! What an artist!

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I have quite a few workshops all being prepared at the moment. There’s a lot of artwork going on! They are all at different stages of production. They each have a different feel. But they all have that essential element of me. And I’m pleased with that, because that brings me closer to the character and essence of ‘my’ Frida Kahlo than any amount of hero worship and research will. I can stand firmly in my creativity and still stretch and grow, but not lose sight of what I love. It shines through in all I do.

So I need the ‘flippin power back on so I can get filming my painting process for the class! I want to paint Frida. I want to tackle a self portrait… take a breath Jane!

This is some of the info about my part of ‘Studying under the Masters’ .

(Early Bird pricing finishes on Sept 1st)

The artist I have chosen is Frida Kahlo.

As a person Frida inspires and fascinates me. But I feel she has so much in store for me as Artist, and what better way to feel closer to this amazing person than as her ‘Apprentice’?

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Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who created arresting self portraits. I first discovered her for myself  when Madonna started collecting her paintings. She was the first female painter I had ever really heard of. Her life seemed full of calamity and physical difficulty, but she lived a unique life with passion, colour and created whenever she could.

Her work is confronting. It is not traditionally beautiful. But it speaks to me. Her use of colour and nature and ways of incorporating herself in her own work are something I would like to try. I think it will be a liberating experience, and I hope you will join me as we discover more about Frida Kahlo together!

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I adore and am so fascinated with her that I am going on a pilgrimage to her house in Mexico City next year. A long held dream is to stand in the spaces she moved through. To see where she painted. I bet the air feels different there.

For those that have followed my Blog for a while, you know that I even named one of the koalas that visited my garden after her ( Frida Koahlo). The Selma Hayek movie of Frida Kahlo’s life is a good starting point if you wanted to discover a little more about  her. It is called simply ‘Frida’.

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More info about the workshop is here: http://janedavenport.com/studying-masters/

‘Studying Under The Masters Registration’ open now!
Regular registration price: $62

Click here to register now.

After you have paid from this link please go to  jeanneoliver.ning.com and register on the site where the course is held.  Once you have registered and your account is approved you will be added to the course before the class begins on September 30. Thank you.  }

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My book is listed for pre-order on Amazon!

Drawing & Painting Beautiful Faces : A Mixed Media Portrait Workshop

is due out Feb 2015!

i don’t  know if I feel faint from the flu I have, or swooning a little about the book…

I’ll have signed copies available closer to the publication date…. Exciting!!!!


Mermaid Circus opens on Sept 8th – Give-away!

Mermaid Circus is the wildly inspiring online workshop I created with creativity Icon,
Teesha Moore. After many, many requests Teesha and I decided that
Mermaid Circus should roll back into town one last time!
 Over 8 weeks, Teesha and I will present you with a plethora of incredible art projects
and tutorials that celebrate our love of Mermaids and the Circus,  I mean, what a theme right?!
We started filming in Mexico when we were on holiday,
and then continued in Teesha’s studio near Seattle and
finished in my studio overlooking Byron Bay.
The workshop created a huge buzz in the online world because
the artwork this workshop inspired was UH-MAY-ZING.
Teesha and I made sure it was  rich in techniques and creativity.
You also have a Private Group to share your work and 1 year to re-watch
and wring out every last drop of joy from all of the Lessons!
Registration is open now.The workshop starts on September 8th


What you can expect in Mermaid Circus

  • In depth demonstration of how an Artist’s ‘Style’ develops.
  • How to continue developing your own artistic voice.
  • Be endlessly inspired to create your own masterpieces.
  •  Accelerate your way to free expression in your artwork.

Step by step tutorials on

  • Drawing and painting mermaids with Jane Davenport
  • collage and lettering secrets with Teesha Moore
  • composition & color tips
  • journal making
    and much, much more!

Click here to see a little of the beautiful artwork created by participants!

Teesha and I are looking forward to welcoming you to this unique online EVENT.

More info & Register here

8 week online workshop
12 months access

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If you attended Mermaid Circus in the first 2 Waves,
why not let everyone know what delight they are in for?!
Leave a comment below!


Would you like to win a spot in the Mermaid Circus?
All you need do is help me get the word out that
‘Mermaid Circus’ is starting on Sept 8th and you want to attend!
Your Blog or on Facebook are perfect places to mention the workshop.
Then you just need to  link to this page.
Leave me a comment with your blog link below, and you are in the running!
You can use the pics from this post for your entry if you like.
Thanks for your help in letting everyone know
and good luck!

Confession and a minor Art Miracle

I love traveling and discovering new places, rediscovering new haunts, trying new dishes and spending time with wonderful people. But the reverse jetlag I get when I arrive home KICKS MY BUTT! urgh…

I always slip straight into the time zone when I am away on the other side of the planet. I bounce around, walk fast and talk even faster! But after that loooong flight home, I am like a clam. Sedentary and mouth slammed shut. I can’t sleep when it’s dark, and can’t stay awake when it’s light. It takes me a good 6 weeks to get my regular sleeping pattern back.

The problem is I feel super-creative, but I am feeling that way at 3 in the morning! When you burn the candle at both ends like that… well you know how that ends up? With the flu! And, no way dude, I have NO TIME to be sick because I have awesome stuff to crack on with…

I am just wrapping up the last three ‘Art Lessons’ in my Supplies Stash Series with Cloth Paper Scissors.

Then I am filming my portions of the two exciting collaborative classes I am involved with:

Radiant Faces

My theme for Radiant Faces is ‘The Nymph’. And I have a story to tell you about what inspired my choice.

When I was in London, I went to the Tate Britain to see two Pre-Raphelite paintings. ‘Ophelia’ by John Everett Millais and ‘The Lady of Shalott’ by John William Waterhouse.

Ophelia-Millais What I didn’t know was that even though they have been on display in the Tate for most of it’s 117 year old history,  they have both been out of the Museum since 2012 on tour to Russia, Japan, Italy and the USA. By a complete art miracle ( mirarticle?), the two huge paintings  returned ‘home’ the day before my visit and were uncrated just as I was entering the building. By the time I walked into the gallery, there they were. Sitting on the floor. Still in their wrappings.

LAdy of Shalott-waterhouseDid I cry? Yes.

Art that I love hits me like this. I am crying now just thinking about how LUCKY I was to see these paintings in the flesh. The dear security guard saw me standing there with tears rolling down my face and said how happy he was to see these paintings back too.  I asked “Are they your favourites?”. He laughed and said “No, but I have been asked every day where they are for the last 2 years!”.

Then he let me sneak in a little closer to the paintings and have a better look.


I went to the Tate to see these paintings because when I think of a ‘Nymph’ these are the paintings that come to my mind.  Salvador Dali captures my feelings into words: “The Pre-Raphaelite painters bring us radiant women who are, at the same time, the most desirable and most frightening that exist”. 

Although neither of the women in the paintings are nymphs, they have the yearning, the otherwordly beauty and stillness that I want to capture in my artwork for the lessons I have planned for Radiant Faces.


(Click the image to learn more and register)


Studying Under the Masters

The concept behind this workshop is just so, so cool.

Jeanne Oliver invited 6 awesome Artists  to select a ‘Master Painter’ to be ‘Apprenticed’ under. We are each creating  tutorials  about the artwork of our Master Painter and how they can inspire and inform our own artwork. The Artists and our selected Masters are varied and WONDERFUL!


For this workshop I selected the amazing and inspirational Frida Kahlo. It’s going to be quite an experience! Of course I am a little nervous to be taking on Frida’s artwork!

Frida pics-jane-2 I have a feeling I am going to go big for this workshop. So if you feel like getting out the canvas and broadening your painting horizons with me, please jump on in!
(click here for info)

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Oh Frida, how I adore you and your arresting self portraits. She blows my mind with the alternating volume and flatness in her work. The  paintings are still but full of life. There are stories there. Brutal honesty mixed with flights of the imagination. The paintings are a jumble. A glorious jumble that I can’t wait to tease apart a little.

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And in amongst the filming of these classes, I have workshops in Bali, the Sunshine Coast, the Central Coast and in Byron Bay ( details are under ‘Retreats’). Fun, Fun, Fun!


So anyway, back to my Confession.  I have to admit to myself that my energy is not boundless ( who knew?!). Even though my heart wants to do everything,  I can in fact get bloody tired. So I have made some big changes to my plans for next year. Originally I had a 5 week trip to the USA in April planned, but that will just be too long.  So,  I have contracted my trip to Mexico to one week  and re-organised my commitments (Viva Frida Mexico City Workshop info here) so my trip is just over 2 weeks. My thinking is, that is not long enough for my body clock to get it’s knickers in a knot.

Cripes! On my trip to Europe I actually got homesick for the first time in my life. I cherish my life here. I adore walking in my garden. I love having my doglettes at my side as I go and pick oranges and lemons with Angus. I missed my studio. Dear god in heaven, I even missed my exercise and yoga routine (What?!!).

But equally, there is nothing I could have changed from that last trip, every second was wonderful. I just learned to make the next one shorter, that’s all. I have to keep my energy going for the long term, right?

Much love and much needed zzzzzzzzz’s

Jane/ Danger

p.s. I have so many pics and awesome stories from my trip still to share… stay tuned!

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Escape Artists, Mermaids and Girlimals in Paris!

image image image imageMy first Escape Artist Retreat in Paris has been action packed and rather unbelievable! Even unseasonal precipitation could’nt dampen our spirits. As Dolly Parton said “if you want rainbows, you have to put up with the rain!”. It sure makes you appreciate the sunshine!

I’ll do a blow by blow post later ( when I have a minute next before my second awesome group of Escape Artists arrives the next week!).

But for now I wanted to share the mermaids we have been creating, and more than a few girlimals too!

my Escape Artists each brought their own styles and worked very hard to fill their journals with gorgeous art. I was delighted and so were they!

Artists from above:

Jane Carlisle, Geri McLeod, Renelde Napoli, Susan Elliot.

Artists Below:

Geri McLeod, Susan Elliot, Diana Rast, Susan Goodall, Janet Howard, Renelde Napoli, Pam Beauchesne, Jessica Guthrie, Janet Howard and Bex











This is just the tip of the art- berg! We created so much…

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If you want to come and draw Mermaids and Girlimals with me this year, the next available opportunities are:
August 16 (NSW) and August 30th (QLD): Girlimals – http://goo.gl/tAvj1f
August 17 (NSW) and August 31st (QLD): Mermalicious – http://goo.gl/31eRWv

Register QLD – http://goo.gl/ObH5jg
Register NSW – http://goo.gl/Ek9iZP

And at ‘The Nest’, my studio overlooking Byron Bay in October ( 2 spaces left. Look under ‘retreats’ for details.)

I am going to get back to my holiday in Bordeaux now- Bonsoir mes amies! ( pardon my French!).
Jane/ Danger