30 years’ dedicated art path


Hi – this is a podcast about the 30 years I’ve been dedicated to art as a means of transformation.

A reminder that you can also read the Bella Caledonia essay I refer to – and the comments underneath it.

Very good wishes to you,


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  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
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40 Years Of Sobering Up



Hi – here’s another occasional blog!

I had a piece of writing published on Bella Caledonia – an important Scottish cultural commentating space – and felt like I should share it here too.
If you follow me on Patreon, you might know something about the behind-the-scenes of this story of sobering up from the effects of alcohol long-term. I was raised in a culture that still now identifies very heavily with the use of alcohol – in a way that harms the spirit of the drinker (and of course those around the drinker) – and Scotland still uses it as a source of self-ridicule.

There is a rich dialogue under the article, which I hope goes some way to unravelling the dark pages of the truth of long-term damage from alcoholism – especially in parenting.

You can read or download the PDF of the writing 40 Years’ Sobering Up, also.

Thanks so much for reading, very good creative wishes to you,



  1. I now only make rare public posts. If you’d like to be in touch more often; join my newsletter HERE or join me on PATREON – I really look forward to having you in my inner circle!
  2. Please let me know you’ve seen this post by clicking on the heart symbol and/ or commenting below – and share it if you know someone who’d be interested ❤
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media links: Instagram, Facebook – the art school, my artist page, the Insider’s Guide To Guardia book page, Twitter – clareartista

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Hi – here is an occasional podcast – if you are interested in what I am doing, join me via one of the links below – I look very much forward to having you in my inner circle.

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  1. I now only make rare public posts. If you’d like to be in touch more often; join my newsletter HERE or join me on PATREON
  2. Please let me know you’ve seen this post by clicking on the heart symbol and/ or commenting below – and share it if you know someone who’d be interested ❤
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu, art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media links: Instagram, Facebook – the art school, my artist page, the Insider’s Guide To Guardia book page.

6 reasons why you SHOULD STEP INTO THE VOID



It was easy, when I first arrived in Italy, to get drawn deep into the panic of having given up all my taken-for-granted familiarity. Despite the fact that there had been a fire under my arse chasing me to Italy, the first months were full of my dwelling on that familiar discomfort of a place where e.g. I was capable of talking on the phone to resolve a bureaucratic issue – and was sure about what side of the road to drive on.

The superficial mind perpetually seeks stability, pattern, anchoring: if it could, it’d probably put the brain in a jar and have it in a secure room, fed by wires and artificial nutriment. In some ways, we’re heading that way – kids not even allowed to learn from experience that fire burns and falling down on concrete breaks skin; no-one letting germs circulate their home any more; everything packaged and everything truly natural to all intents and purposes outlawed. At the end of the day, it gets good-comfy to be laid back on a soft, sterile sofa with the perfect-coloured cushions, in front of an ever-busy TV screen and munching on sugar and slurping down caffeine to keep us perky – to maintain our ‘interest’ in life.


And it’s nice to have the steady drip of a wage: the knowledge that every single month we will have a familiar amount of money deposited in our lap, which corresponds roughly to the amount that we’ll have to put out into the world. This rhythmic symmetry makes us feel like everything is under control, despite life distractions regularly popping up inconveniently.


What does it mean to throw all that comfort out, and to go out on a limb – to stand at the end of a diving board above a mysterious ocean, and to simply jump: to enter a new country and culture and start a new life from nothing… what happens? What would happen if we gave up all the comforts and trappings, and chose the unknown, the new, the unfamiliar? (Wouldn’t it destroy us? Or fuck our lives up?! Shouldn’t we be fighting with all our domesticated life force, to hold onto what small territory we have?!!)

But seriously: what happens when we up give up an old life and start in a completely new, unfamiliar place? I’ll tell you:


ONE: First, it creates a void: a void is something we are all terrified of, and yet it is the space into which the better, the best, the life we REALLY WANT to be living can grow.

The void – space to think, feel, to be present in – is one of the greatest hidden secrets of our time: we’re lured into this compelling mythology of ‘time poverty’, and of being full to the brim, overstimulated, and ready for terror, in every moment of every day.

We seek all kinds of therapy and antidote to this, from holidays in countries with better weather, to titillation of the senses (hard or soft) and over-indulgence: staying up late or pressing the boundary ever-so-gently, but never stepping outside of it.

Ultimately however, we all seek peace and gentleness – we want to be more sensitive and quiet, and we want our day to be full of love and significance: to have this, we need the space, the void. There is no room, otherwise, and to cultivate this space, we have to wean ourselves out of the fear of not being filled up. We have to allow life to open up around and in front of us, rather than clawing to get back in the box we’ve made for ourselves.


TWO: It makes us realise what inner resources we have – because we have to actually draw on them; use them. In a comfortable life, we rarely challenge ourselves beyond the fluffy yum-numb of our routine.

It feels like fulfilment – but it really isn’t: the human soul needs to experience friction and challenge in order to grow, in the same way a tree needs natural soil and wild weather to get it to its potential.

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THREE: It makes us see that we can actually reinvent ourselves; change, travel, upheaval – particularly when they are consciously chosen rather than imposed on us – are the most useful of tools to get us to stretch our minds into what we might also be/ achieve/ dream of.

Staying at home can be satisfying to a degree, but the longer we don’t stretch our legs or hearts or energy, the more accustomed we become to the atrophied version of our self which we’ve elected to prioritise.


FOUR: It makes us work hard; on ourselves, on our work, on our life and friendships… There is a profound satisfaction in having to make new connections, networks, structures to hold us; there is the deepest meaning and beauty in our having to build a new household, in having to harmonise a chaotic new reality, in having to learn a language and legal system, cultural and religious norms…

And that hard work is more honed than it might be if we are living a stagnant life: it is more specific and necessary. Our compulsion fires up our engine, and gets us more streamlined.


FIVE: It brings us into a realm of raw creative flow. Most lives are full of complacency, and this sense of ‘this’ being ‘all that there is’ – why bother changing anything, if we already have someone to drink coffee and complain about the weather/ our partner/ our boss with?

If someone is telling us where to go each day, and we still get to ‘wild out’ on payday by buying a new pair of shoes, or getting drunk and laughing excessively, why would we want to re-accept the power-that-flows-through-all-things-when-we-are-aligned-with-our-life-purpose?!

Hmmmmmmn – I wonder.


SIX: Possibly most importantly of all: putting ourselves into a new and challenging situation like moving to another country makes us appreciate the value of things: we see how hard it is to find a thing which before was always a bancomat and a supermarket trip away.

We see how communication is so much more than constructed word formations, and that a smile or being touched on the cheek can be profoundly moving, confirming our place in the world.

We learn to enjoy what little we have, essentially, rather than seeking more-more-more without questioning whether a thing is really improving the quality of our life. Perhaps our values can even deepen, in time – especially if we’re immersed in a culture which is more rooted in family, spirituality, friendship and nature…


I wanted to make a statement here; yes, about what the positive side of a challenge like moving abroad can be, but also to remind folks that NONE OF THIS COMES ABOUT EASILY OR INSTANTLY OR BY LUCK – NOR CAN IT BE BOUGHT: it has to be earned, slowly and through hard graft, humility, concerted attention and commitment, love and optimism, and by pushing oneself always to be a better human being. We have to know ourselves, and then too, to know-craft-hone this self into the best we can be.

I wanted to remind myself, and folks who are inspired by what I do: none of my happy creative life – with my own house, in magical medieval Italy – happened by accident, nor was any of it handed to me on a plate; I didn’t stride over here in confidence like many people assume – or saw fictionalised on TV…

I arrived overwhelmed and terrified: nothing flowed well when I got here, and A LOT about the country and culture rubbed me horribly the wrong way. There was a dark night of the soul where I really thought for a while that I had fucked up phenomenally: that I’d thrown it all away and had nothing and had seriously sabotaged my future…


It feels important to say: I know that many people don’t ever change their lives because they think that one should be strong, confident, healthy, in equilibrium, solvent, and sure of what one is doing, to move abroad, or to make a big life change. You don’t, you simply have to do it, e basta.


Happiness, freedom, fulfilment grow like plants in a well-tended garden: they don’t appear overnight; they flourish according to whether or not they are planted, and whether or not it’s in the right season and soil, and the good care and attention given to them. They live to their potential not through one big showy action, but through myriad small ones. They yield fruit according to the accumulation of all these tiny attentions and harmonies – and when they are happy and in the right place and time… the fruit is bountiful – and heavenly delicious… And their seeds go on to produce more and more and more life and growth and fruit.


Much love and creative power to you


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 Vesuvius, I

Hi, how are you?

I’ve been having an incredibly insightful winter – following up on The Real You course with the brilliant Esther de Charon de Saint Germain my core story and brand identity are shining much more deeply with the truth of what I want to share with my soul clients.

You can now read my two stories about the taproot of my art practise, and about how my happy artist life in Guardia Sanframondi came out of a Dark Night of The Soul (rather than a casual house-viewing as portrayed in the fantasy property show!)

What I want to get across most in these stories, is how we get to our dreams NOT through luck and fearlessness, but by gritting our teeth, daring to breathe into the magic of it,a nd doing the hard work. That’s what I’m here to share and teach, and that’s what my paintings and books and school of creative transformation are all about: not reinventing the wheel and doing it all in anguish and by the skin-of-my-teeth, but in happy, gentle, methodical and disciplined steps.

As I mentioned in a recent blog, 2018 is going to be a year of creating a sacred nest, and dedicating all my attention to clients and patrons. Join my newsletter and support me on Patreon if you’d like to keep up-to-date with all my creative outpourings,

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Loads of creative good vibes to you, Clare

PS Images above are details from Vesuvio I and Young Man Creates His Own Mother – both available now on Etsy


podcast – new news

Hi there and happy new year and here’s a podcast about some big changes coming up with … well, everything I do, and how I put it out in the world.




Loads of good wishes, Clare 


2018 – year of exclusivity!

From 2018 onwards, I will be dedicating my attention and creative outpourings to my treasured clientele and patrons ONLY.

If you would like to work with me, you can do so in 4 ways:




SUPER-EXCLUSIVE: one-on-one art holidays with VAWAA – all levels up to professional artist respite: spend time with a working artist, in their studio, and learn directly how to free yourself creatively.

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EXCLUSIVE: buy The Real School of Art courses + my personal assistance via Patreon (sign up for the CREATIVE-LIFE-COACHING $60 rewards option) – get regular phone support with me, to keep you motivated and creative, throughout.




INTENSIVE-BUT-AT-YOUR-PACE: buy The Real School of Art courses – engage at the level which suits you, for a special introductory price in 2018 – the school will be being evolved and refined this year, and the price will go up after May.




DISTANCE-AND-SUPER-GENTLE: unfold your creativity from the very beginning, through the Live Like A Happy Artist book series – start with colouring-in and making a proper work-space; watch this year as further books appear!


I will NOT be available for ANY projects, exhibitions or other appearances: this year is for honing my creative focus, making a sacred nest, and refining my relationship with my dedicated audience. I’ll be withdrawing from social media, and will be available via PATREON only.


Dal 2018 dedicherò la mia attenzione e la mia effusione creativa SOLO alla mia amata clientela e patrocini.

Se ti piacerebbe lavorare con me, puoi farlo in 4 modi:




SUPER-ESCLUSIVO: uno-a-una vacanza con VAWAA – ogni livello fino respiro artista professionale: passare tempo con un artista in gambe, nel loro studio, ed imparare direttamente come liberarsi creativamente. 


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ESCLUSIVO: compra i corsi del The Real School of Art + la mia assistenza personale via Patreon (escriversi  per il CREATIVE-LIFE-COACHING $60 opzione di ricompenso) – ricevere aiuto telefonicamente da me, per mantenerti motivato e creativo, per tutto.



INTENSIVO-MA-ALLA-TUA-RITMO: compra i corsi dal The Real School of Art – trovare il livello che preferisci, per un prezzo molto speciale in 2018 (il costo salta dopo Maggio). Se non capisci abbastanza bene inglese, scegli di escriverti al CREATIVE-LIFE-COACHING su Patreon – dove io ti posso supportare personalmente, tramite Skype o simile.




A-DISTANZA-E-SUPER-LENTO: dispiegare la vostra creatività fin dall’inizio, attraverso la serie di libri Live Like A Happy Artist – iniziare con colorazione, e come creare un spazio ideale per creando; guarda quest’anno come appaiono altri libri! (Solo in inglese)


Augurissimi per l’anno nuovo!


I am changing my business and interacting with general public, this new year – read my newsletter to find out more.

Sto cambiando la mia attività ed il mio interazione col pubblico generale, questo nuovo anno – leggere il mio newsletter per scoprire più.

Clare xx



Hi, dear folks!

Here is a podcast! It’s part of a podcast series from the Real School of Art: our relationship – particularly as women – as mystical creative women – with money. (podcast solo in inglese – su le donne, i soldi, e la creatività) 

f*** word warning!

Other news this week/ Altre notizie questa settimana:

Join my newsletter HERE if you want to know about the offers coming up on my art – and my arthouse! Iscriviti alla mia newsletter QUI se vuoi sapere quali sono le offerte in arrivo sulla mia arte – ed il mio arthouse!


Because there is an Etsy sale and massive discounts for previous clients and patrons this winterfest, NOW is the time to buy my art! Perché c’è un saldo su Etsy e sconti enormi per patrocini e clienti precedenti questo inverno, ORA è il momento di comprare la mia arte!

You can see new paintings on ETSY right now, and as ever, join me on PATREON if you want to see them before they are released to the public – e.g. my landscape paintings often sell before they are published. Puoi vedere nuovi dipinti su ETSY adesso e, come sempre, unisciti a me su PATREON se vuoi vederli prima che vengano pubblicati al pubblico – ad es. i miei dipinti di paesaggi spesso vengono venduti prima di essere pubblicati.


The Real School of Art has SPECIAL PRICES for you signing up this winter, and there’s the free intro course too, to give you a taster of the school. Just ask if you have any Qs about the RSOA – I am here to help! The Real School of Art ha PREZZI SPECIALI per chi iscrivi a quest’inverno, e c’è anche il corso introduttivo gratuito, per darti un assaggio della scuola. Basta chiedere se hai qualche Q sull’RSOA – posso aiutarti con traduzione se parli solo un po’ d’inglese.


Loads of good wishes, and speak to you soon,

Un sacco di auguri e parliamoci presto,

Clare xx

PS If you love all that I share  – please consider making a donation, to support my creative process, thank you! PS Se ami tutto che sto condividendo – per favore pensare di fare un donazione, per dare sostengo al mio processo creativo, grazie!

donation towards clareartista’s creative evolution

With your invaluable support, I am able to sustain the hard work behind-the-scenes: writing, painting, thinking, exploring, experimenting Con il tuo prezioso sostegno, sono in grado di sostenere il duro lavoro dietro le quinte: scrivendo, dipingendo, pensando, esplorando, sperimentando




I’m making some huge shifts in energy and work this winter: selling my beautiful Arthouse; opening HUGE discounts on my paintings for my patrons and clients; holding an ETSY sale to allow more people access to my art; sending out a special intro offer for the Real School of Art; introducing some exciting new patron rewards (creative-life-coaching!) on Patreon; introducing new payment plans on my art; getting stuck into my Live Like A Happy Artist book series again… oh, and establishing my OOCO funky used clothing shop!

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To find out all about these stories!

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