How Mother Nature affects an artist

How Mother Nature affects an artist

This week's art studio notes: 1-8 March 2024

Wow, the first week of March has gone by in a flash, hasn't it? Thanks for stopping by to read these highlights from this week in my artist studio. 😘

Firstly, you just never know when you are going to see something inspiring. And you just never know when nature is going to serve up something extra special.

Weather-wise, in my neck of the woods in Berkshire, it has all been a bit 'meh' lately. Mostly monotonous grey. Oh, and often wet! But on Tuesday this week, from my very own window, I was able to watch nature put on a show of absolute beauty and light.

Deeply dark and menacing clouds rolled in, layering themselves over the brief glimpses of blue sky we had been enjoying. And the light...well it was sublime! It hit the bare branches of the trees and lit them up in stark wonder. It was absolutely stunning. Thank you for another amazing moment, Mother Nature.

Mother Nature puts on an inspiration show for artist Jayne Leighton Herd

The photo doesn't really capture how stunning the light was, but you get the general idea.

What inspires my art? Let me show you...

Soaking up nature is an essential part of my artistic life and my wellbeing. This week I started gently planning my next trip back to Scotland, which will hopefully take place later this year. I'm already really looking forward to that. I'm also really looking forward to spring and getting out into local nature more regularly.

A question I'm frequently asked is: "what inspires your art?" So, I recently put together this brief video which hopefully gives you an insight into some of the things that feed my creative soul.

When that connection to art happens!

Last week I gave my lovely email subscribers an exclusive first look at these three paintings. I hadn't even added them to my website yet (well actually, at the time of writing, I still haven't!). But I was so pleased with them, and dying to share.

Singing The Blues I, II & III - blue original semi-abstract landscape paintings by Jayne Leighton Herd 🔴 SOLD - Singing The Blues I, II & III 

Amanda was one of the subscribers who opened that email... And she immediately felt that "connection" that I'm always talking about. That coup de foudre! She fell in love with the paintings, hit reply on the email and we ended up having a lovely conversation. And Amanda has bought all three paintings for the new extension on her home in Oxfordshire.

Do you love them too? With Amanda's blessing, these will become available as prints in the not too distant future. If you'd like to ensure that you don't miss that print drop, then make sure you're on my mailing list.


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March 2024 selection of fine art prints

The start of a new month means a new selection of fine art open edition prints are now available to buy in my online print shop. This month I chose "beautiful reds" as the theme and these are the three abstract and landscape prints you can choose from. Visit my print shop now.

I hope you've enjoyed reading these highlights from my art studio and my artist life. If you have any feedback then drop a comment in the box below. Or feel free to contact me with any questions. 

Best wishes,

Jayne Leighton Herd
Artist & Designer

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