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 ofContinue reading “A Retreat for the Creative Heart”

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 studioContinue reading “How to be an artist ? or What does an artist do all day ?”

Painting Holidays at Cortijo Las Salinas


If you have ever wanted to pick up a paint brush for the first time or would like to improve your existing talents, I shall be holding two Art and Painting holidays at Cortijo Las Salinas in Spain this year. Immerse yourself in the landscape, sketch in the studio or break out and have aContinue reading “Painting Holidays at Cortijo Las Salinas”

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 asContinue reading “How to be an Artist !”

Our invisible residents ……


Two years ago, Jodie lost her sunglasses.  It was a complete mystery as she had been wearing her new Ray Bans with pride and they suited her very well, so the day they went missing we spent a long time trying to find them. There are many hiding places at Cortijo Las Salinas, the cortijoContinue reading “Our invisible residents ……”

Where Does an Artist Find Inspiration ?


Having been a painter all my life, the most difficult thing about creating a painting is finding the inspiration to make an original and inspired work of art.  After all without inspiration an artist has nothing. So as I walk with trepidation the relatively long distance from my kitchen where I make the brown nectarContinue reading “Where Does an Artist Find Inspiration ?”

The Pizza Oven at Cortijo Las Salinas


Everyone loves pizza – especially when you can create your own with your favourite toppings……. and at Cortijo Las Salinas we make the best ! First make the pizza dough and then start by spreading the sweet tomato passata all over the base, start to load up with sweetcorn, mushrooms, anchovies, cheese, jamon, chillis, moreContinue reading “The Pizza Oven at Cortijo Las Salinas”

The Spanish 7 – The search for treasure and an old ruin


I rang our large bell rather overzealously as the Spanish 7 arrived, although today it was only the Spanish 6. They drove their cars through the archway and parked up, we jumped around excitedly saying our hellos as Picasso watched on in his aloof way as we hugged and kissed. Irish pulled a small cageContinue reading “The Spanish 7 – The search for treasure and an old ruin”