Too Much Awesome

Mermalicious-janedavenport-aiy2Ever experienced too much awesome? (If not, well I hope it happens to you some time soon!
And if you do,  well tell me about it in the comments area below – I would love to hear about your awesome!).

‘Too Much Awesome’ (TMA) has me feeling a little edgie, a little manic…
TMA feels a bit like  overwhelm… but I’m not stressed out. I’m feeling exhilarated, but not exhausted.
I have put too much on my plate, but it’s all the good, juicy, healthy stuff that a growing artist needs!

Last week I finished filming my part of ‘Radiant Faces’ and then tumbled headlong into researching Frida Kahlo for ‘Studying Under the Masters’ ( see the side bar for details). I’ll be filming Frida all week. Yep, TMA.

I am just back from two Escape Artist Retreats in Paris, and the Arty Party workshop with Tam Laporte in Brighton and have already  taught two weekend workshops since my return. Bali is next! TMA.


The TMA Weekend

The Art-is-you Aussie Roadshow is over. The highlight was spending time with some of my favourite people in the world . We meet as student and teacher and become friends. This happens in my world a lot! I may have mentioned that I have several superpowers and one of them is attracting awesome people. So it’s little wonder that I feel like I’m at a party with wonderful friends when I teach.  Look at our happy faces!

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I took a little time out on Friday just to play with some new markers I got in America ( yikes! it took me 3 months to get around too unpacking my bags – TMA!).

My mermaids are going through a transformation at the moment… looking a bit saucy!

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So as soon as I finish filming Frida paintings this week, I put on my Top Hat and get to play Ringmaster for 8 glorious weeks of the workshop I created with Teesha Moore. (You can join us here)

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Too. Much. Awesome.



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:

‘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 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!