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 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.
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Federico Garcia Lorca is one of Spain’s best known poets and now a popular icon. Born in 1898, he lived the first ten years of his life in Fuente Vaqueros, which is close to Granada in Southern Spain. He moved to Madrid when he was in his early twenties and joined a group of avant-garde artists that included Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. The group, collectively known as the “Generation of 1927,” introduced Lorca to Surrealism, a movement that would greatly influence his writing and poetry.
Lorca was an active socialist and his controversial political views as well as his generally bohemian attitudes would ultimately cost him his life and during the Spanish Civil War, Lorca was captured by Franco’s Nationalist Army and executed. His works, and even his existence, remained a taboo subject in Spain for nearly four decades after his death. However as a result, Lorca has become not only famous for his exemplary poetry, but for his martyrdom at the hands of a fascist dictatorship. His works were suppressed in Spain for many years but have had a monumental influence on the poets and authors of Latin America and the world over and he is often credited with being the first author to introduce Surrealism into literature. His work has a lasting impact on Spanish poetry and Lorca has influenced many of my abstract paintings with his interesting use of words, often written in a surrealist or abstract voice. Here are two of my abstract paintings complete with Lorca’s words.
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.
I love to paint the land and the sea, especially if I can be outside in the elements and with nature. However there is another side to my creative work which gives me freedom to just apply paint, texture and colour without any thought for the outcome or with any ego attached to the potential saleability of my work. This 5 minute film shows the development of a large piece created over 5 days. It took many changes along the way and the finished piece hangs in the yoga shala at Cortijo Las Salinas. Hope you enjoy the film and, as always, love to hear your feedback.
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.
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