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‘Let Creativity Nourish Your Soul’


Art is a therapy in itself and the creative process is crucial to our holistic well-being, so my next Art Retreat is going to be held on 12-17 April 2018 in the Art Studio of Cortijo Las Salinas, Andalucia where we will find a variety of wonderful ways to unlock our creativity held within and become immersed and inspired as we take an art journey together like no other.

Creativity nourishes the soul, so what better way to discover a personal transformation than through the process of expressive, intuitive painting.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist I will help you to develop confidence and a personal direction in your artwork as you paint in the warm sunshine surrounded by spectacular scenery, landscapes and sunsets.

On retreat for 5 days, together we will start the day with some yoga with Chloe of My Happy Body before breakfast to get the body moving and the creative energies flowing, then we shall begin the workshop in the Art Studio with creative exercises to build confidence, particularly if you have not painted before.
After lunch there is time to siesta before meeting again for some more creative immersion, which will include some creative writing and we will begin a canvas which will develop as your story unfolds over the next few days.

Also included will be gong bath meditations, moon light chanting and fire pit gatherings, amazing and delicious vegetarian meals, a warm twilight jacuzzi, a walk to the river and a trip out to discover the local wild orchids that are in flower at this time of year with many other surprises along the way.

My painting holidays are designed for everyone and non painting partners are also welcome where they can sit by the pool or go for a swim, take a walk or just relax with a book.
You will be amazed to see what you can paint and how you heal when you drop expectations and allow the creative process to unfold. Deep down we are all artists who have whatever it takes to express our inner world through art, the only thing holding us back is the limitations we place upon ourselves.

Places are limited so book today, your investment is £695 per person for shared accommodation or £750 for your own private suite which includes all materials, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, complementary teas and coffee, yoga and art tuition.
email steffi@steffisartwork.com
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My Abstract Painting Meets ILU Fitwear Equals Amazing Yoga Clothing Range !


 

Spring Equinox Spiritual Exploration

I am so proud to have the above painting used for the design on a yoga and fitness clothing range.  The painting was from an abstract collection of work called ‘Spiritual Exploration’ and was originally painted in watercolour on paper.  I had no idea how this would work on a clothing range, but now the range is complete and I am thrilled with the way it looks on this collection.

The collaboration between myself and ILU Fitwear has been an exciting journey to see how artwork can be used in this way and because of the nature of the printing process, each item is different and unique.  It’s like wearing an original piece of art as no two pieces are the same.

Here are some lovely photos of the range, modelled by my daughter Chloe of My Happy Body and photographed by Emma Jacobs Photography. The range can be purchased from either myself directly from Cortijo Las Salinas but if you can’t make it to the cortijo this year then Chloe has some in stock or you can go direct to the ILU Fitwear website.

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Pintura Rapida – Speed Painting


 

During the Summer months in Spain, a regular event is held in various towns throughout the country where artists are invited to participate in a competition called ‘Pintura Rapida’ or ‘Speed Painting’. This event is open to professional and amateur artists where they are to paint, in a given amount of time, either the landscape, city, streets or people of the area. My local town called Alcaudete hosts this annually and this year I decided to enter, along with between 70-80 other artists from all over Spain.

It was an extremely hot dusty day in August and I arrived early at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) to have my canvas stamped and registered to prove I had not started the piece previously. I was given my complimentary breakfast and lunch vouchers and set off to find a quiet and hopefully cool spot to begin my painting.

I found a lovely solitary place which had some shade and set up my canvas ready for the challenge that lay ahead. It was so peaceful being alone amongst the nature with only the strong smell of fennel and a few cats for company. I made quite a promising start, I knew I had to get the paint on to the canvas quickly as we were only given until 6pm that day to finish, it was already about 11.00 am. The view I had chosen was of Alcaudete Castle in the distance with the landscape cascading around it and so the paint flowed onto the canvas.

However as morning became the afternoon, it was more and more difficult to concentrate as the heat started to affect me and made me light headed as my chosen spot was now in full sunshine. I am quite used to painting ‘en plain air’ but not in the intense heat of August, and as the minutes flew by I knew I probably wouldn’t have my painting finished by 6 pm.

The promenade in ‘El Parque’ was filled both sides with artists and their work displayed on easels and I tentativley place my unfinished piece amongst the most incredible paintings. The judging then took place and the winners were announced and they collected their substantial prize money which had been mainly donated by local companies. It is an amazing experience to see an outside exhibition with so many talented artists work on display.

At the end of the evening I took my painting back to my studio and completed it the next day. I realised there is certainly a technique to speed painting which I don’t have. My work is based on layering and has an emotional reaction to what I am painting. There is no formula to my style as I paint what I feel as well as what I see. I also need a certain amount of drying time before I apply the next layer or textures, this tecqnique doesn’t really work when speed painting.

So I definitely need to ‘skill-up’ if I am going to enter again next year and maybe find somewhere with a bit more shade ! I finished my piece back in my studio and I am actually quite pleased with the finished painting, it certainly gives the impression of a hot day in August in Southern Spain.

IMG_9038Finished painting – Contemporary Landscape, Alcaudete, Spain

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.

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

Seascapes


After spending a few lovely sunny winter days on the beaches of Marbella and working on some commissioned paintings for a beach house in Ireland, I have become completely absorbed with rolling seas, descriptive skies, a clouds that have their own stories to tell.

More seascapes can be seen at http://www.steffisartwork.com/seascapes/

How to be an artist ? or What does an artist do all day ?


I have spent some time this week with some lovely art students and the question they needed an answer to was ‘How can I become an artist’ and ‘what do artists do all day!’

Well the following is the best way I can answer this question.  I have this list pinned up in my studio and refer to it whenever I forget myself!

How to be an Artist

      Stay loose               
     Learn to watch snails
     Plant impossible gardens
     Invite someone dangerous to tea
     Make little signs that say ‘yes’ and post them all over your house
     Make lists, lists and more lists
     Make friends with freedom and uncertainty
     Don’t be scared to be you
     Look forward to your dreams
     Cry during movies
     Swing as high as you can on a swing
     Cultivate moods
     Do everything ‘for love’ and ‘with love’
     Take lots of naps – for thinking and dreaming
     Give money away. Do it NOW. The money will follow
     Believe in magic and imagine you are magic
     Laugh a lot and giggle with children
     Celebrate every gorgeous moment
     Take moonbaths
     Read and draw (or doodle) every day
     Listen to old people
     Open up. Dive in. Be free.
     Bless yourself as you are blessed
     Drive away fear
     Entertain your inner child
     Get wet
     Hug trees
     Write love letters
     Talk to yourself
     SING everyday (especially by yourself)
     Believe the impossible is possible
     Care about everything you do
     Take long walks in the rain