Sunday, 16 October 2011

Autumn Confusion

Foxgloves in watercolour and from my garden

With only one week to go to my Autumn workshops I find I am still painting summer flowers from my garden due to the confused weather this year. As the seasons change I often store images of painting from life in my mind  so that the light and bright colours I use in summer stay with me while I paint during the winter months.

I have this feeling I desperately need to paint the last rose of summer before they are all long gone from my garden!

Whatever you are going to paint in the week ahead of you I hope your joy in creating the painting is an all time high and I hope your results hsow just that  fantastic feeling.

We are so lucky to be artists. We see in a unique way and have that inner sense of enthusiasm often lost since childhood.

Happy painting!

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To everyone attending my Autumn workshops please bring all your favourite gold shades and be prepared to have fun,work hard and create in a way you may never have thought you were capable of before!

2 comments:

jane minter said...

foxgloves look stunning ...enjoying seeing your flower beds again jean this time appearing on your easel !

aysa u-17 said...

I attended your wonderful workshop in Bradenton Florida. It was my Millie pup you painted and which is now framed and hung in a place of honor. You signed my copy of Paint Yourself Calm. After enjoying the book I passed it on to a good friend as you suggested and she then passed it on to her Mom who lives in rural North Georgia and is in her late 80's. Today my friend sent me an email her Mom sent her today, and thanked me for the original gift and a "see what you started by the gift of the book"note . I thought, no, see what Jean started.
This is the note: "Jan’arie, Jan called me this morning to say how much the book Paint Yourself Calm had helped her. She had just come back from visiting her son in Indiana. His cancer has made him lose so much weight it really upset her. She loved the book and used it before she went to Indiana. Now she is setting up her room so her watercolors are always out and she can go to them when she feels she needs them. She says it really “cools” her down, stops the worry and can continue with her work. So I have to say a huge Thank you for getting me the book and then you very nicely got me two more books which I gave to folks who needed them. Isn’t it amazing what a little water and some color can do?!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a little note for now. Love Mom"
Jean, Thanks for all the ways you inspire me and so many others. I love seeing that there is a new post from your blog in my inbox and I continue to refer to and enjoy your books. The workshop was wonderful. I had wanted to send you a book after the workshop I think you would enjoy. I loved it. It's called the Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. If you haven't read it I know you would love it but have a few tissues. Love Alex