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Encaustic Art


Encaustic Art is a fascinating art medium using hot wax.  The effects and textures created are random and beautiful in equal measure. Encaustic wax is so versatile one needs no actual art training to use it, just a brave and eexperimental attitude.  Which leads me into a new art retreat I shall be including on my programme this year at Cortijo Las Salinas.  Douglas Mehrens from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA is an Encaustic Artist and will be here from 24-29 October introducing us to this very ancient technique which is becoming the fastest growing medium used by artists right now.  We will be exploring this wonderful and unpredictable medium on board, canvas, paper and include charcoal, acrylic paint, inks, Crayola crayons mixed with beeswax, imagery and mixed media to produce some beautiful paintings which you will take away with you. Here are some examples which I saw at his museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico last year.

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning to “burn in”.  Heat is used to adhere it to a substrate, so that each layer of colour is fused.  It might sound difficult or complicated, but the ease and flow of learning this process is perfect for beginners with no experience in art and Douglas will be here to help us all the way.  As the colours blend through dripping and splashing and worked with any and every tool, you can watch the magic happen. It’s basically just a fun medium which can take you anywhere.

On this art retreat you will enjoy 4 days working with Douglas and during the week Adrienne, Douglas’s wife, will be sharing a day of mask making with us – taken from her experience with the Native America Cherokee tribe.  Each day will begin with either a yoga session, or a morning walk to the river or up to the top of Dos Hermanas Hills.  All materials, food, accommodation, yoga and gong sessions are included and the cost for all this is 950 Euros.  This does not include your flights, transfer or travel insurance.  The spaces are limited so if you want to reserve yourself a spot please email me and I will make sure this happens.  If you make your reservation deposit of 150 Euros before the end of February you will take advantage of the 50 Euros early bird discount.

Douglas and Adrienne Mehrens
Douglas and Adrienne Mehrens

So if you have always wondered about this interesting medium or want to explore and expand your existing knowledge, or if you just want to try something a little different, then this could be the retreat for you this year.  More information about Douglas and the Encaustic Art Museum he runs in Santa Fe, New Mexico go to https://www.eainm.com

‘Let Creativity Nourish Your Soul’ 2018


I was so privileged recently to be able to spend a few days with an amazing group who wanted to embrace their creative side, find their inner child and be free !  Ranging from 19 years old to 73 years old, with a few first time painters joining a few who had painted before, we unleashed our inner artist and immersed ourselves in to 5 days of all things creative.

We painted together, we danced together, we sang together and even cried together as the creative process began to nourish us.  We wrote poetry and Haikus whilst listening to the lovely sound of the gong, we practiced daily yoga and Kundalini yoga, we meditated down by the river, we ate amazing vegetarian food and shared stories by the fire in the evening.

We really did let the creative process nourish our soul.

Here are some photos from the studio and our sketchbook work to get us started

As the process unfolded we learnt to ‘Stay loose’, ‘Watch snails’, ‘Hug Trees’, ‘Make friends with Freedom’, ‘Believe in Magic’ and ‘TO BE FREE !’

We finished the week with an exhibition of our work

Art Group 2018 and their soul paintings

Go to www.painting_in_spain.com for information about the art retreats held at Cortijo Las Salinas, Spain – Come and join us soon !