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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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
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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!).
Xoxo
Jane/ Danger

Exciting tomorrow!

Stay tuned for news of a new workshop I’ll be announcing tomorrow – plus  a spot to

giveaway!

Im in Ghuangzhou China on a stopover en route to Paris… There’s no Facebook access… And I’m missing it! Thank goodness for Instagram so I can keep sharing things with you!

agnus and I are having a great time shopping away and seeing life at a different pace. We just had the best dim sum! Lovely with a cold beer- it’s 33 degrees here and very humid so we needed the break.

 

The mid way point

It’s the middle of the year already. Yes, really. So It’s a good time to take a gander at what has been going on in 2014 and what’s to come.

I was entrenched in creating my book when 2014 kicked off.  And with final design reviews and cover choices all just settled, I have just waved my book-child goodbye as it heads off to be printed and  then on to make it’s own way in life  (It’s due out in January 2015, and yes, it is aaaawesome! Just sayin…. lol!)

My reward for the book was an action-packed trip to the USA, which was so amazing that I have already made my plans for a repeat performance in 2015! Next time with 2 weeks in Mexico for workshops that are so exciting I can’t think about them too much yet.

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look how tiny Mandy is under the huge Sea Dragon!

I hit home and was almost off to Perth straight away to visit my parents.  My friend Mandy took me to Wolf Lane – a hidden gem! It is full of incredible Street Art on the buildings – HUGE. I also saw my Mothers Fashion Walk of Fame plaque on King Street. Wolf Lane used to be Perth’s fashion manufacturing zone. I grew up playing hide and seek amongst fabric rolls and racks of freshly made clothes!

While I was in Perth, I had a look through the family photo albums and had time to reflect on all the beautiful people I have  in my life.  Look at my cute Granny in her pink dress! And the way my Mum and Dad are so happy on their wedding day.  That bottom pic shows 4 generations and my black fluffy hair is HILARIOUS!granny-jane davenportPhew! In between all my major commitments, I have been preparing all my Art Lessons for Cloth Paper Scissors,  overseeing this new site and caring for all my students in my Online Workshops. I also made a commitment to myself to go through all my online Workshops in depth and review each one.  JOYnal, Express Yourself and Frolicaholic have all been re-edited this year. It’s an intense process for me, but I enjoy it! I think Supplies Me will be up next for a Live version ( What do you think?).

…aaaaahhh… a pretty fun year so far, but there is so much more to come! Escape Artist retreats in Paris, Bali and Christy Tomlinson coming to stay with me…  and did I tell you I have a weekend workshop at my place  on October 18 and 19. It’s the first opportunity I have to have one here!retreats The NEst

My big revelation for this year has been how good I have become at organising to my strengths. I seem to have unlocked the key to scheduling myself. Or maybe it’s just that I now trust in my own ability to do epic shit? lol!

I think scheduling in my rewards (workshops with other artists) and exercising every day have been two key factors. These two things give me ‘hard edges’ that I can work up to. The reward workshops give me mini-deadlines ( things to do before I go away always get’s me moving through to-do lists!).  The exercise keeps me on track each day as the day divides into things to do before yoga, and after! Plus, hello, exercise is good for you of course.

The other part of the super-productivity equation is working with my husband, Angus. He really takes care of me every day and keeps me laughing, loved and happy. He even does yoga with me, even though it’s not really his ‘thing’. But now that it has improved his surfing, he secretly loves it!

That’s my musings for today anyway!

So let me know which of my online Workshops you think i should run ‘Live’ next!

xoxox

Jane/ Danger

and the winner is….!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful feedback and positive energy for my new site. Everyone involved worked so very hard on making it the lovely and colorful creature you see before you!

So on to the next fun part! Selecting a winner….drum roll please…

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.58.49 pmAnd our winner is:

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Your prize will be the next class I organise Cheryl seeing as you have done all my other ones!

Which makes me think, what will be my next class?

At the moment we are mid-way through the ‘Live’ version of Frolicaholic.
But I am thinking that I will run ‘Supplies Me’ as a Live class when I get back from Paris in August.

Sounds like fun, yes?