TenderTogetherness... filming is underway

This is my absolutely favourite theme to paint.  I love capturing the tender connections.  I may always paint this... it's part of my story, I am a mom and it's been the biggest role in my life and I've loved it, the good with the hard times.  I can't imagine another way.

I didn't mean to finish painting the Mother first but she captivated me and she lead the way and I love where she's taking me.  My canvas is big (24"x24") and it means proportions can be challenging and it requires lots of gorgeous paint.  As I was painting her, her face kept increasing in size... which in turn left the other faces, way too small.

So I had to increase them and rework their proportions.

Brown Stabilo all marks

Brown Stabilo all marks

Painting underway... first layers

Painting underway... first layers

Work in Progress

But so far I'm loving their closeness and connectivity.

I can't wait to get back to them today... I think I have a plan on how I will finish them.

Happy weekend!

Love, Me

Sentimental Saturday...

I finally developed my film roll from my Lubitel Lomography camera.

She's still a beautiful mystery to me.  I wish I could say I have figured it all out.  There is definitely alchemy in this little box camera.  I have no idea why these images are so long and thin, but it's not bugging me.  They draw my eye right down.  Even though it's a kind of blind faith in every capture, these images move me deeply.  There is a gorgeous purity to film and a kind of vulnerability.  I'm still besotted with the flirtation of this dance we have with each other.

It keeps me guessing... is it skill or just pure luck?


Whatever this is... there is mystery and it's enough to keep me coming back for more.

Plaster and Clay...

While I was filming about alternative substrates for my {Held}Captive class, which my clay packet open, I got a little distracted with this beautiful girl. She's weighing in around 4lbs already.  I've reconstructed her around 4 times now.  I think we might be settled for now.

I will film painting her for my classroom.  And I can't wait to find her there.

Her bird is leaning with the tilt of her head - I love that.

Her bird is leaning with the tilt of her head - I love that.

This hand though...

This hand though...

At last, I love her profile.

At last, I love her profile.

Can I tell you how much I love clay and plaster and the natural feeling of it all.  I could get lost here for weeks with my hands all clayed up.  Maybe because it's so playful I love painting on clay and plaster - there is something rather delicious about it.


So much love, Jeanne-Marie

Evolving with this haunting girl...

I've been dying to get back to my paints.

And last night was a gorgeous reunion.  I have missed my canvases, brushes and paints so much.  I have been in my dry medium section and substrates section of my class and it meant I had been neglecting my paints.

I wasn't sure where I was going to start... all I knew is that I wanted to paint a biggish intuitive portrait. I love the promise of a blank canvas coupled with a sharp brown Stabilo AllMarks Pencil...

When this girl appeared.


It wasn't all plain sailing... and we are still finding our way together.

My canvas was a bit challenging and I felt like I was fighting with it a little.  And sometimes when I mix my paint brands it can be difficult.  I pushed through and eventually started finding my way.  I filmed my process and you can see how I go through the ugly stage... it's so vulnerable doing that for you on camera.

The fear is that I won't find my way and I will have loose my way on camera.  I know that sounds so funny but the pressure is "ON" when that camera is.  I do eventually forget that the camera is rolling and I get completely lost in capturing the essence of her.

That's truly my happy place.


I can't wait to finish painting her.

I'm loving where we find ourselves tonight.

Until tomorrow...


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I've been dreaming about doing this for months now.  To have some of my TeaBagGirls printed onto fabric and to have my bags made up.  I love how these things come together... with the help of friends and sharing ideas... this happened.

At last.

I have had so much on my plate I almost forgot about them, but I managed to pick them up today and when they opened up my package on the printing floor.  It was overwhelming, on top of the fatigue I'm feeling - I almost burst into tears.  Seeing my tiny girls printed so big and the quality and color... gorgeous.

I didn't except how emotional I would feel.

I met with the seamstress tonight and she's busy making up my prototype and I actually can't believe by the end of the week, I'll have a bag on my shoulder.  It truly is a dream come true.  I've made a little sales page about it and the 10 images are up in my Etsy shop.  I'm taking pre-orders already and their will be a give away for 2 lucky buyers.

I have 50 printed up already and I'm hoping by the end of next week they will be ready for shipping, in time for Christmas.

lots of love, Jeanne-Marie

1 month to go...

After my auction and packaging and shipping, I headed straight back into working on my online classroom.  Which means I'm back #inmystudio and straight back into filming and editing.

Can I just tell you how much I love being #inmystudio and how much I love filming.

That being said, I am a tad bit overwhelmed as I have 1 month to go until my new little class goes live... and I want it to be a precious and special place.


Eeeck - I am working full steam ahead and I'm also excited.  This will be my 4th little class that I've put together and I'm discovering that I'm a little in love with doing them.  To me they feel like their own blank canvas and I love the intuitiveness of them.

I already have some class ideas for next year, I'll share more soon.

In the meantime, there is still time to sign up for {Held}Captive.


Hope to see you there... can't wait!!!


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Flashback Friday...

When I was in this remarkable city with my Love and my little Lomography camera.

I knew before I got to Venice that I would film my time there in monochromatic... it feels like it's the only way to film Venice.  It's moody and old and Lomography captures the ancient in the best way.

I'm so in love with Lomography, how you don't have too much say in the outcome... you get just one shot to make your capture.  I might be completely smitten with the monochromatic film the most.  I can't wait to play more.


Sacred keepsakes of a precious time this year.

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She's on her way...

I can't believe this BIG girl is on her way to San Fransisco.

This is not only the biggest piece I've ever done but she's the biggest piece I've sold or had to package up and ship.  I was nervous, understandably.  As luck would have it, in the middle of my packaging days, I stumbled across a new ArtShop and she said they do logistics.  When I asked them to clarify what that meant, they told me they do packaging of paintings.  I decided to let them professionally package her up.

Needle and Thread - 1.5m High and 1m Wide

Needle and Thread - 1.5m High and 1m Wide


When I collected her, her box was truly remarkable.  The edges and sides had all been steel reinforced and I am so hopeful that she will be safe in transit.  I just can't believe how life works out.  I love seeing synchronicity at play like that.  I'm so grateful.

I learnt so much about this shipment.



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Sharing the love...

My beautiful soulful friend, Robin Laws has created a new mixed media workshop called...

Wild Whispers

It's filled to the brim with beautiful everything.... from painting, art journaling to creating jewellery around finding your animal guide, our faithful companion.

I love the tender theme so much and it is so in line with finding those tender connections in your artwork and allowing yourself to listen and hear for your companions gentle voice who is "wholeheartedly dedicated" to whispering the creative way to you.


I hope you join Robin in this beautiful creative time.


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Travel Mercies...

Each parcel is hand wrapped and the boxes are handmade for safe travels to you.

I am trusting they will travel over the seas and the many hours of transit safely to their new homes... they are sent with much love and care.

So I am happy to report they are officially on their way.

I wait until I know all of them are home safe and sound before I call this job complete.

After my post office journey, I took the afternoon off to recover from the backbreaking and leg aching packaging days but as of tomorrow I will be back up and running in my studio as I'm still deep in filming and editing for my new class.

Thank you once again.

Chat soon,

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Wow the auction came and went and it was busy.  I can't thank YOU enough for being there to support me with incredible love and comments as well as bids.  To know I didn't walk alone was the best feeling in the world.  It was so daunting to put myself out there but to be {held} and supported... I'm humbled by it all and I'm utterly grateful.

Thank you.  Thank you. Thank you.


After auction wrapped up, I headed straight into 4 days of intense packaging.  I converted my dining room into my packaging area and I'm so grateful my family gave me the space to do that.    To me, my packages are as important as the painting itself.  I put a lot of effort into them.

As you carefully unwrap the papers to reveal your purchase... it's something deeply moving.  There is almost an old world sacredness to the act of receiving and unwrapping art.

I want you to feel the whole experience.

With much love, always...

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*** BIG Week ahead... one more sleep

Tomorrow my auction goes live...

There were moments, I thought I would never get there.  It's been a massive year and I was nervous I wouldn't finish on time but I'm beyond excited.  I've been working steadily all year and have been packing pieces away especially for tomorrow.  I committed to Stephanie and this auction a year ago.  I had to plan carefully because I knew I had my TinyBagsofLove Exhibition and Auction and I knew I would be traveling this year.  Never mind the month I lost while I was caring for Digz after his accident.

My prep work was imperative.


I have 30 pieces of varying sizes, 1 journal, 4 SoulBearers and 10-20 TeaBagGirls.  There will literally be something for everyone - which is very important to me.  I'm feeling so proud and equally humbled by this body of works.  I'm getting more comfortable with being able to put a body of works together.  I used to believe I couldn't do it.  So each time I've done it, I am a little surprised.  There is cohesiveness when I see them altogether.  I know the days of auction are intense but I'll be 100% here with you! And I can't thank you enough for being there for me too.

Thank you for all the love and messages already.  I'm beyond touched.

Looking forward to tomorrow but for tonight, I'm going gently.

See you on the other side of tomorrow.

Much Love

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Finished this little one...

I can't tell you how delighted I am to have finished this little soul.  I made her specifically for my Let's Face it Mini Lesson and I wanted to be finished before my class went live.

It's aways tricky because I never know in what direction they are going to take me.


Waiting for her to lead the way, sometimes takes longer than I expect.  They are a precious pair and I'm little smitten with her colouring and wings but more so, their connection.


I'm thrilled to have her ready in time for my auction too.

I can't wait to play more here in December.

Much Love always,

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My Solo Auction page is up...

Nothing quite prepares my heart of auction.  It's 100% putting your heart and art out there.  It's exposing and vulnerable.  I wish I could say I find it easy but I really don't.  Most times I just want to hide behind the time zone differences and say wake me up when it's over.  That's a true story.

My greatest fear is no one will come or bid.  I create backdoors for myself to make sure I'll be okay so that my artist-self won't be wounded.  I know it's how it is for all of us who willingly choose to do this.  This is risky business stuff and it takes courage.

Even if it's just for 48 hours.

That being said I'm soooo grateful to be here and doing this with you.  I'm so grateful for the heart expansion that happens when I push myself to be this vulnerable and this exposed.  I know it is good for me otherwise I might hide forever.


Facebook Auction Page - HERE

Digby has a motto and we challenge ourselves to live that way ... "great things happen when you step out of the door".  Keeping up with a guy who lives like that has made for beautiful memories for us as a family.  Living life intentionally is a beautiful thing and I’ve bought into that wholeheartedly. 

And I do know that although sometimes I have upper limit issues, (you know... when I say "yes" but my body means "no").  I do know that it's always my heart to live fully engaged even in the scary moments... thank you for holding my hand through yet another adventure.

I am excited,  I am humbled and I am here!

Much love, Jeannie

This sweet loving soul...

I made her for my Let's Face It mini lesson and making her was a pure joy.  She totally lead me all the way and I just love that.  I hadn't planned that her face would be turned right up but it's so endearing and soulful and I just love that.  I hope to get to paint her soon. 


I hope you love my lesson as much as I did making it.

I'll keep you posted once she's all painted up.

Love, Jeanne-Marie

***EarlyBird ends soon....

Let's play with Conte...

Let's play with Conte...

I can't believe a whole month has passed already and we are down to the last few days for my {Held}Captive Early Bird special.

The full price will come into effect on the 1st October 2017.

Please don't miss out on the special, I've put that in place especially for YOU.

In the meantime, if you have already signed up, thank you a million times over for signing up and that we get to journey together.

Excited.  Love me...

I'll hold your hand if you hold mine...

After my art retreat in Orvieto, Digz joined me.  It's something we have spoken about and dreamt about since my first trip.  It would be the first time in our marriage that we would be taking a trip like this together.  We have done things locally but literally the last time we traveled together like this was when we got engaged in Scotland 21 years ago...


We have never left our girls.  It was just the way it was with us, both circumstantial and by choice.  We've always done absolutely everything together and have loved all of it.  We have no regrets. We have worked hard and have been patient, but that being said, taking this time just for us at this time of our lives, will be something I'll will always hold dear and never forget.

We got to walk arm in arm, hand in hand... slowly together.  Looking, seeking, holding and expanding...  Holding onto the marvel of greatness and art and beautiful.  Sometimes no words were required.  We got to be do things we both loved... like sipping caffe at the counters like locals. say grazie mille and using our Italian accents for fun.  We laughed, a lot.  Drove the countryside on the wrong side of the road, or was it the right side ;-).  But mostly we walked, photographed and walked.. oh and we ate... far too much.

What a spoil to have this precious precious time alone together, a luxury we haven't had for 21 years and it just felt so grown up and so utterly beautiful.  I will never forget this time, this feeling and this love.  Italy casts it's spell and captures your heart and soul and we are a little smitten.

Thank you my love... "we will always have Venice"...

Sneaking away... stealing quiet...

I quietly snuck away in the first week of September to go on an art retreat, just for myself and just for my own personal time and growth.  I didn't share too much about it online because it felt like sacred ground for me and I felt I needed to hold that close to my chest for a bit, that mixed in with struggling with my own worthiness of such a trip and a bit of shame I was carrying with that.

That has been something I've been working through this year.  I'll share more about it soon.


I have to tell you that stealing quiet away in Orvieto, Italy is always exceptionally healing for me and the longterm affect it has on me is something I tap into for a year or two to come.  I needed to hold that, feel it and allow it to minister to my soul.

What I didn't expect is how perfectly timed this trip was, because my {Held}Captive class was so big on my heart.  It honestly felt like I was on a field trip and having my heart and mind open to everything I was experiencing and feeling, feels like I've come home with so much for my new class and I'm beyond excited to share this with you.

For now I'm home and unpacking and catching up because come this weekend, I'm back to head down with my filming, editing and creating schedule.

Can't wait to share more of my journey with you, Love Jeanne-Marie

LifeBook 2018 BlogHop and GiveAway...

Hello beautiful friends!


I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2018 next year! I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be part of this year long healing, creative journey with you.


The BEST news of all is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading to find out more about Life Book 2018 and to find out how you can win a spot! :)

  Let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet!

Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU”

It is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! PLUS this year, Life Book is going to be bigger and better by including another 12 fantastic artists and wellness guides who will focus on additional personal development practices and other art modalities, like sculpting, photography & writing!

I am so honored to be joining these incredible teachers...


Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! You will also be introduced to yoga, aromatherapy, dance and angel energy and other wellness exercises to help support your personal development journey more holistically and imagine the fun we will have getting introduced to and acquainted with some of the other wonderful art forms out there!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 16500+ people in the past!)

I am still busy developing my class idea, but I'm excited to be sharing about Nuturing your ArtistSelf/Child  - Practical weekly tools to do this and how to cope with your inner-critic.  How to gain ground and heal creative wounds, even the ones inflicted by and on ourselves.  Leading to creating an expressive self portrait starting in stabilo and building up into acrylic paints and lots of layers to help find yourself in the paint and brush strokes.


Registration opens tomorrow, the 12th September 2017 and the class begins on the 1st of January 2018.  Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale.

**GiveAway - I am so delighted to give away 1 space on Life Book 2018 to 1 lucky WINNER and I will announce my winner in one weeks time, 18th September 2017, I will announce it on my Blog and on Facebook.



1.  subscribe to my newsletter

Name *

2.  Follow me on Facebook and share my Facebook post regarding this bloghop.

3.  Leave a comment below sharing why you want to be a part of Life Book 2018. 


Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! :)

Have fun and good luck.

Much Love Jeanne-Marie