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
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.
Back in June we held a very successful Yoga and Fitness Retreat at Cortijo Las Salinas. It involved some meditation, daily yoga sessions, hill walking, pilates, fitness sessions and lots of good healthy food and drink. The next one will be held on 2nd September with more of the same to look forward to …….
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, more cheese, jalapenos, mozarella, basil, and finish with even more cheese.
On the 8th October 1944 a wedding was held at Cortijo Las Salinas. This was to be the last wedding held there for 66 years until on the 15th May 2010 our very good friends, Francesca Rajewski and Jerome Duquene were married at the cortijo, starting the tradition over once again.
It was the first wedding we had organised here at the cortijo, and it didn’t happen without a generous helping of stresses and strains. However the year fast forwarded to May 15thand all our worries about the possibility of rain were disregarded as it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day with everything going to plan.
Vibrantly dressed in a dynamic red long skirt and jacket, the bride walked out through the old wooden doors arm in arm with her father Claude, the bells rang in time with her footsteps, whilst the acoustic guitarist simultaneously serenaded playing ‘Love Is All’. The crowd cheered and clapped as she stepped into the sculpture garden and took her place between the palm trees under a cobalt blue sky. A coincidence maybe that the 1944 wedding and the 2010 wedding – both brides had the same Christian name.
The ceremony followed full of laughter and tears, and everyone made their way into the patio to drink Spanish champagne around the cascading fountain, as it had been drunk in the same place 66 years before. A feast and fiesta followed. The 1944 feast comprised of turkey in gravy with a morcilla or black pudding made from the blood of turkeys, the 2010 feast was traditional Spanish paella, Moroccan tagines, salads and a huge chocolate cake. The 1944 fiesta comprised of three villagers who played the guitar, an accordion and a mandarin and the 2010 fiesta embraced a DJ from the Island of Ibiza – complete with all his music kit and very large, loud speakers. Dancing continued until 4 o’clock in the morning on both occasions.
An historic occasion had taken place, with the ghosts of Las Salinas watching approvingly as the tradition for love and laughter had begun once again.