Goddess Art


I have just recently said ‘adios’ to my two very special friends who spent a week with me at Cortijo Las Salinas painting goddesses.  It was such an amazing week as we meditated, danced the Five Rhythms, laughed, created body maps and cried, did some creative writing, Haiku, told stories and painted life sized goddesses.  As our stories developed so did our imaginations and we began what became a 5 day ‘lock-in’ to my studio as we began the painting process and our goddesses emerged.

After our meditation and story telling session, we began by drawing around each to get our own life sized body shapes, then the paint went onto the canvas and the goddess journey began.

First layers are always interesting and its important to clear as much of the blank canvas as possible.  Using the intuitive process painting technique, we allowed our intuition to guide us, along with our meditations and story writing.

The paintings developed and flourished as our goddess painting became a part of our personality.  My goddess was Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, desire, beauty and eternal youth.

We even used ourselves as the paintbrush !!

Details of the finished Goddess Aphrodite.

It was so sad to finish our paintings as the whole experience was so intense and emotional for us all.  However the next goddess ‘paint-in’ is in the planning already !

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l-r      Goddess Tanit, Goddess Aphrodite, Goddess Hathor

by Alice Mason, Steffi Goddard and Terre Cerridwyn

Intuitive Art


I have been living my dream of being an artist and I have a wonderful art studio which is large and bright and has lots of space to be creative.  I have been painting for over 20 years, however just recently I wasn’t really feeling very happy or fulfilled with the art I was creating and I was struggling to find new inspiration and ideas even though I am surrounded by beautiful nature.  I tried many things, like simplifying my work to become more abstract, changing the colour palette from my usual colours, and trying to ‘let go’ a bit more to become a bit looser whilst trying to shake off some of my Fine Art training.  Painting had become a big effort and although I like to make a daily connection with my studio my I would find myself procrastinating to avoid the moment of entry due to these creative blocks I was having.  In fact I would even do the ‘chores’ in order to delay the moment of entry.  I was definitely feeling a little stressed and very un-centred.

I then made a chance discovery, something called Intuitive Art or Intuitive Process Painting.  It is an expressive method of creating art whereby you begin with some meditation to clear the mind, say some mantras, do a bit of yoga, play some music, light some inscense and then allow yourself to be free with the paint on the canvas using your hands, feet, and anything but a paintbrush!   There are no rules, no expected outcome, no ego to create blocks whilst thinking ‘it should look like this or like that’, or ‘a certain standard is expected of me’, or ‘I need to be able to sell it!’  You just let your intuition guide you.

It was like being a child again as I used various tools for mark making, experimenting with colours and shapes.  It was so exciting to watch the painting take its own course and direction over a few days, never knowing where things would go.    As the daily layering process continually changed the direction of the painting until finally my intuition told me it was now complete.

Art is a healing therapy and I discovered that this amazing practice is healing on so many levels.  So if you are coming to Cortijo Las Salinas this year to spend some time painting with me, expect something a little different as we paint using our intuition and leave the ego behind.




A Retreat for the Creative Heart


In a few weeks I shall be working, once again,  with 2 wonderful artists here at Cortijo Las Salinas.  Terre Cerridwyn will be flying all the way from California and Alice Mason will be zooming over from Brighton, UK.  We shall be sharing a week of creative art, dance, nature walks, great food, lots of laughs and making the most of the opportunity to explore our creative selves.  This week is open to anyone who wants to join in with something very special, and maybe find out something about the wonderful self we didn’t know.  Terre has a website page with full information and timetable for the week, but for now here are some photos from last year.

Liquid Gold – Landscape


February is the only month it feels like Winter here in Spain as the temperatures drop quite considerably, especially at night time.   The olive trees disappear under the swirly rain clouds. Then the rain begins, preparing the trees for the next crop of liquid gold.

Landscape art oil on canvas olive trees and rain
Liquid Gold Lanscape – oil on canvas

LoveHugs have their own website !


The first LoveHug was created over 10 years ago when a gallery approached me and asked me to paint some paintings full of hearts, i.e. heart art.   Since then I have created over 100 LoveHugs, and continue to do so and for every LoveHug sold I donate a percentage of the selling price to charity.  The charity I am supporting for 2016 is The Eve Appeal.  I have also previously worked on collaborative fundraising charity projects creating 2 large LoveHug canvases for The British Heart Foundation for auction, for the Eve Appeal and Byte Nyte. If you would like a personal commissioned LoveHug painted for someone special in your life or for a special anniversary or celebration please get in touch or browse the new website dedicated to LoveHugs where they can be purchased online.

Oil, Acrylic or Watercolour – which one do you prefer ?


The painting ‘Splash!’ was created in three media, oil on canvas, acrylic on paper and watercolour on Fabriano watercolour paper, the same image but each with a different evocative effect.  The oil painting now lives in Ireland, the Watercolour painting lives in Jersey and the acrylic in Belgium.  Its hard to know which one I prefer … I love them all!  I might have to paint another for myself !!

LoveHug4 For Hearts4Eve !


 

On Sunday 1st November I shall be attending The Body Retreat Charity Day Camp 2015 to be held at the Eton Dorney Rowing Club, where a new and unique LoveHug will be created for the Hearts4Eve charity.  There is a full programme of fun exercise classes for the day and lots of other exciting stuff as follows:

Registration is at 9.30am and we hope to finish at 4pm

9.45 Hiit workout for all levels

10.30 Zumba Fun

11.45 Box Fit

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Meet our charities and their vision

14.15 Boat race or 5k lake walk or dash

15.30 Raffle and Afternoon Cake stall

You can find me inside where I will be organising the painting of a heart filled canvas – so come along a join the fun – and its all for a fantastic cause ! You can have a cup of tea and a piece of cake too !

More info here

Love Steffi 

 

 

Pistis Sophia – Angel Goddess of Wisdom and Compassion


Pistis Sophia is known as the Heavenly Mother or Goddess of Faith, Wisdom and Compassion.  She is mentioned in a third century Gnostic text which scholars have struggled to interpret or explain the secret messages contained within.  Her name is Greek and means ‘Faith’ (Pistis) and ‘Wisdom’ (Sophia) – not a religious faith but arising from a belief of inner knowledge.  She is the mother of the zodiac angels and personifies heavenly wisdom which has been born from faith and can triumph over hardship.  Over the millennia she has had many names, including Eve, Mother Mary and Quan Yin.  She is the selfless face of motherhood, showing kindness and infinite love, the kind of love that asks no questions and does not judge.  She has 12 stars above her head which represent the 12 stars of the zodiac containing the mind, body and spirit blueprints of life.  She is the ultimate symbol of our capacity to realise our full potential offering wisdom and self belief.  As an angel guide she will guide you to find wisdom and comfort you in troubled times.  To find our more about angels go to the website and blog of Angela McGerr

Wild Orchids of Andalucia Return


A burst of sunshine in between a few rainy days inspired a walk up the hill behind my cortijo to see if any wild orchids had started to peek through.  After half an hour of searching I was rewarded with a new find – a hybrid orchid was ready to reveal itself.  I am sure I will find a few more over the next few weeks, but for now enjoy the slideshow of current and past discoveries.

 

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