INTEGRITY

Hi dear friends – this is a podcast on integrity – in art and in life – and other clareartista news…

Life and work has been incredibly challenging, inspiring, satisfying and awful this year – sometimes it seems like the darker things get, the brighter the colours shine in contrast – that the more wholly challenging life is, the more our potential to be fully integrated in the mystical more-than-the-sum-of-the-parts comes to the fore…

My work is taking a deep turn – I’ve had time whilst recuperating and rebuilding my health, to really reflect on all that I’ve created over the past 30+ years of my art practise – and to quietly claim my confidence in the more profound elements, or perhaps ‘the profound wholeness’, of what my work means in the world.

 

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There’s a new newsletter sign-up bonus on this website – phase one of a complete transformation – just let me know if you’re already subscribed, and you’d like a copy. It’s an ebook copy of Queedom – art and words on the awakening of the sacred feminine in our time: on how important it is for everyone that women are supported to flourish in all the breadth and depths of their potential.

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It’s based on the Regna book, from my exhibition in the castle last winter (and in italiano). Transforming it into English was spurred on by having to create a special sign-up bonus for my part in an incredible summit on womb-centred healing.

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I’ll be offline for the whole of October (on Patreon only), taking care of myself, writing up some new plans for big change in my living and working arrangements… I’m looking for the perfect home (simple, affordable, with a beautiful situation and outlook, and a garden), and am beginning to make a plan around finishing and selling the arthouse.

So much good creative vibe to you,

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ART/ POSSIBLE HOUSE-MOVE SALE

I’VE BEEN VERY ILL FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD

And so am making new life plans, to accomodate my condition and improve my financial situation.

Part of this includes finding a new home.

And another part is a BIG art sale, just for my patrons and subscribers: it includes the following;

  • SOME ARTWORKS ARE NEWLY ON SALE AGAIN –
          
  • LANDSCAPES ARE 50% OFF –
       
  • AND ALL SMALL WORKS ON BRICK ARE DOWN FROM €100 TO  €60 –
    

CONTACT ME HERE– I’ll send you a personalised discount voucher for the painting you love…

SEE ALL MY PAINTINGS HERE ON ETSY

Many thanks for browsing – and many, many thanks for your ongoing support on all levels… more news soon – or follow me on Patreon to get the full story, 

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ILLNESS AS GIFT, ART AS HEALING

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Welcome to The Art Of Life podcast…

September’s talk is something of an epic ramble – I explain why, inside – on illness as a bringer of gifts, health and wholeness, and intuitive art as an inimitable force for both navigating illness and transforming it.

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I talk about how, if you don’t have symptoms, there’s probably something wrong! About why it’s so empowering to view ourselves as whole first, and see our symptoms as a natural expression of something that needs to emerge from inside of us – either from our past, or from what is happening around us right now. This immense subject takes several twists and turns, and ends up with some insight into how and why art can support our healing into our most full and fulfilled self.

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I’ll be releasing new paintings in the middle of the month, again… Stay tuned – some are old ones which are now being re-released.

And the School of Real Art (The SORA) will be releasing THE INTUITIVE ARTIST 101 course – as soon as my health permits.

You can hear more about my healing fund over on my Period Of Illness page, and see below for all other links to my work.

As ever, thank you so much for your support and your interest in my work: it means a great deal to me,

Tantissime belle cose, 

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new art

LA ROCCA

LA ROCCA – 80 x 80 cm painting in oil on canvas – now in the clareartista shop on Etsy

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The hill in this painting is La Rocca, a pyramid-like, forested, ex-volcanic mound, which sits just to the west of Telese Terme, in Italy’s Campania region.

La Rocca is an incredible vision at certain times of the day and in specific weathers –  often a cloud sits above it (as it does over Vesuvius), and is lit by sunlight in a dramatic way. The hill sits on the bottom of the valley and rises spectacularly.. in a way that gives it a certain authority – a specialness.

The painting began as an entirely different piece: it was a large sketch of a chayote (sechium edule), that I used as a demonstration piece for my very first Vacation With An Artist guest… you can see it in the background in the early-stage snapshot, above.

 

 

One morning, when I was on the way to market, there was a particularly striking vertical cloud sat on the hill, with another perched above it. I stopped the car and made these two wee sketches by the side of the road.

Making sketches directly from the landscape is something fairly new in my work – I especially like to gather images when I’m moving around, and see new views of hills and mountains here, or skyscapes-in-relation-to-the-land that move me. Sometimes they take a long time to come into paintings – I might come across an old sketch and suddenly have the additional feeling and knowledge from having seen the place over time – and am called to paint it.

 

 

Probably because the sketches were very small and lacking in detail, the painting didn’t move forward for some months: it sat quietly throughout the winter, at the back of my studio… like you see it here – more wintery-looking.

Then, inspired by having absorbed the view of the hill many other days, I launched into it again in early summer. The image began to speak in strongest reds and blues – echoing the sensations that seeing it just-after-dawn roused.
I have this sense of La Rocca hill being a symbol of earth power – a historic vent for nature, a pressure point and a place where the earth reaches up to meet the sky – there’s something mystical and potent about that, as there is about many other places in this region… The movement of the land – Italy being a seismic zone – meaning that nothing is so solid as it is in more stable landscapes. The metaphor and history, the poetry and stunning imagery of such a great lump of rock (the literal translation of ‘rocca’) – I love when those things all overlap and build up into a perfect storm… and a painting just cries out to be made.

I explain a little more, and show you some close-ups, in this video…

You’re most welcome to request hi-res photos of details shown in the video – just ask via the message box at the bottom of the page.

My inner circle on Patreon is a vital source of nourishment in my work as an artist: it’s where I talk directly with my special folks, who collectively support me to live my creative work to the very fullest. In return, my patrons get super-discounted prices and freebies, tons of behind-the-scenes and personal stuff that I share nowhere else,  one-on-one time with the artist – and everything that I create under one roof.

Patreon is also where you can pay for a larger painting in monthly instalments (e.g. 10 x monthly payments) – contact me there (or below) to inquire – or if you’d like the painting reserved until you’re sure…Mention the name of the painting (La Rocca) in your message.

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Click here to see La Rocca listing on my Etsy shop

Many thanks for browsing – and contact me below with any Qs, 

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GUILT AND CREATIVE FREEDOM

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Why do we have so much guilt around ‘indulging’ in art?

Ironically, delving into our creative uniqueness is one of the core primal practises that can bring our lives into harmony – but we often stop ourselves even beginning, because there’s this sense of ‘I shouldn’t’ around making art.

It might be the sensuousness, or the fact we’re simply taking the time to do something deeply personal. But the most common aspect that stops us dead in our tracks, before or after we actually get a brush mixing up colours, is guilt – that sense of being ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ for trying.

This ‘wrongness’ is something that a creative could struggle with literally for decades; it comes from a deep place, when we were being programmed as children into believing that teacher/ parent/ older sibling or peer is right, and we are not – and we should shut up and do as we are told.

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THE WHOLE VOICE (detail)

This cycle of what is essentially a potent abusive dynamic, is put in place when we’re just setting foot into the wider world outside of our home. If it doesn’t get drummed into us in our first school, it certainly will when we go on to the second phase, where by now most of the kids will be implementing the power hierarchy alongside the teachers.

Guilt takes multiple forms as we evolve in our lives – if we don’t attend to it, take care of ourselves, nurture our inner landscape, it might eventually become so compacted and atrophied, that it’ll raise up and shout to be heard – it’ll become a monster, instead of a  symbiotic garden.

So the creative’s work is to listen, express, make sense of, and transform all guilt. We can use it as a compass, even; wherever there is an ‘I feel bad’ around our creative activity, we should face it and ask it – what would it feel like if I didn’t feel bad?

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THE WHOLE VOICE (detail)

What art, pleasure, indulgent activities do, is they connect us to our core – to our source of power, and thus to our ability to e.g. harvest energy, be inspired, create ingenious and beautiful things…

The system, consumerism and materialism, work on the fact that we’re NOT connected to our core, and all that free energy and deep satisfaction and enjoyment.

Our culture is constructed on our neuroses and guilt, and our superficial needs, which are hyped up into a frenzy, so that we’re always looking ‘out there’ for a solution, when the answer’s right here, inside each and every single one of us.

 

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THE WHOLE VOICE – large painting on old table-top, in acrylic, oil pastel, pencil

If you’d like to know a great deal more about how to access your core creative power, and to juice your life up into the good life, join me via the links below.

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As ever, thank you so much for your support and your interest in my work…

Tantissime belle cose, 

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STEPPING INTO THE VOID

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The idea of moving forward into ever-uncharted territory – how does that make you feel?

We live in a time and reality where much of what we digest is prescribed – it’s created far away from us, often from materials very disconnected from nature, and we purchase our e.g. food, information, power, inspiration, through a process of exchange that removes responsibility, energy, depth and meaning….

We end up stuck in repeating circles of simply purchasing what is offered to us, rather than making life choices that truly reflect our deep values and our immense appetite for learning and growing.

So how do we make life more authentic, more dynamic, more meaningful?

We simply step out into the void: into the less-mass-produced, into the simple and natural, and into our own unique path and vision.

Even spontaneously taking a new route, and interacting with whatever/ whoever we meet on this road; even going to sleep at an unusual hour, or waking up to feel what the world is like before the sun rises; even trying an unfamiliar dish, or a spice that has never touched our tongue…

We have opportunities, grand and wee, in every minute of every single day of our lives, to experience something richer and more expanded than we were in the previous moment – when we remove our attention from the flotsam, and allowing the new to flow towards us, through us.

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Painting coming to completion this year: connected with finding our deep intuitive voice, our inner wisdom, our channeling the divine creative, by listening to our sentient body.

Living in the void, or at least delving into it frequently, is an incredibly potent portal.

It’s the creative friction between the comfortable and the non-comfortable – and so it’s the space where all new things are created: it’s like the spaces that nature fills – those borders and cracks, the place where one surface meets another one.

The creative friction, the cultural exchange, the alchemical melting pot – all have this massive potential, if we can step into them empty, and let them fill us up anew…

So this month’s Art Of Life podcast is on how we step into this space: how this is a vital part of our creative expansion, and how, when we make a habit of entering the mysterious… we enhance everything – from our sense of self to our ability to channel our dreams, our vitality and our enthusiasm about life!

 

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I hope that my Art Of Life podcast inspires you! Please comment below – I’d love to hear your response.

Other clare artista news this month:

The Arthouse tent will soon be being mounted again in the gardens below Guardia’s famous facade!

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Download a PDF of THE WHOLE WOMAN brochure in English and Italiano

A dear friend Maya and I are initiating the very first WHOLE WOMAN workshops: we’ll hold an intimate group of just 10 women in this magical setting in this circular tent,next to the Ratello waterfall.

We’ll be using yoga, drawing, sharing and sewing to bring aspects of our selves into wholeness and harmony – letting go of the negative and the old, and embracing a new idea of self in this body. And we’ll be creating a taliswoman, who we can channel our creative power into, and be guided by.

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There’ll be workshops throughout July, and then in September too: we’re hoping to develop this concept of women empowering their selves, and to develop this big network of women through THE WHOLE WOMAN group on Facebook. Perhaps we’ll even be travelling to your town in the future!

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Another glorious Vacation With An Artist took place at the Arthouse this month:

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I just said goodbye to the wonderful Sajili, after her highly successful week exploring her creative potential in Guardia Sanframondi.

She’d come all the way from Mumbai in India, and had never drawn or painted before!

We had a truly glorious week of quiet adventuring, whilst I guided her to bring her subtle spiritual message of partnership and harmony, into being.

Because she was such a willing and passionate studio guest, it was easy to support her finding her visual expression – all work should be like this!

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As ever, thank you so much for your support and your interest in my work, and it’s always wonderful to know your thoughts – do respond below, or ask any Qs…

Tantissime belle cose, 

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  3. Please let me know you’ve seen this post by clicking on the heart symbol and/ or commenting below – and please share it if you know someone who’d be inspired! ❤
  4. My website is here, mio sito in italiano è qui, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  5. Social media links: Instagram, Facebook – the art school, my artist page, the Insider’s Guide To Guardia book page, Twitter – clareartista

BREAKING THROUGH THE BIG NO

CIAO! WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT ALL THE ‘NO’ IN OUR ‘NORMALITY’?

Though it seems on the surface that we live in a free, democratic, abundant reality, modern culture is in fact mostly based on a complex series of deeply negative norms…
In this month’s creative inspiration podcast I go into into how we’re fed perpetual untruths about our huge creative potential – and how art can get between the layers of limitation, and blast them open…!
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This year has been challenging and glorious so far. I’ve had some health concerns that’ve brought me to a deeper, happier place; they’ve been reminding me to give it everything, as this life is precious!

Seeking healing, I’ve also been astounded at how it’s the simplest things, readily available, that are the best cures for the whole… Which in turn reminds me how a successful life is about being rather than doing: it’s about letting go and letting things be as they are – which leads me to being satisfied with all that I have, and focussing on the parts that are working, rather than navigating from what is imperfect.

 

my ‘millionaire’s panorama’ from the balcony of my €10K house – sometimes I forget the profound value of this astounding view – then I remind myself, and am like… wow

My podcast is about how we get lured into obsessing about ‘lack’ and ‘not-quite-right’, or ‘not-quite-there-yet’. We’re trained from early on to focus intently on that which isn’t, instead of being grateful for and making use of that which is – this helps folks sell us everything; from washing liquid to courses in spiritual entrepreneurship.

 

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I hope that my creative inspiration podcast inspires you! Please join in the conversation below, if you feel stimulated to:

 

Other creative news from the Arthouse this month – this new art on brick…

 

Click on the image to see my Etsy shop – the new pieces are being released there, one by one, throughout June. (The one in the lower-right is already winging its way to a new home in the USA.)
Alongside the release of these new artworks, I wanted to tell their story, as it’s about breaking out of conventional thinking and non-creative mind-blocks, too!
This short video (9 mins) is on how this big body of artwork might never have come into being, if I’d taken heed of the sage advice ‘why don’t you just get a man in to do the job?!’
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My book Making Space To Make is also coming along nicely this month – I’m on chapter 11, and it’s starting to feel like a beautiful, meaningful book! Above is an illustration from the Taking Back Time/ Taking Responsibility chapter. I’ll be sharing excerpts from it over on Patreon in June, and hope to have it published on Lulu Books around midsummer.

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As ever, thank you so much for your support and interest in my work, and it’s always wonderful to know your thoughts on the subjects discussed – do respond below, or write to me directly via the contact page,

Tantissime belle cose, 

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  1. I now make monthly public posts via my newsletter and this blog. If you’d like to be notified of this, subscribe to this blog, and join my newsletter.
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more: that’s my inner circle, where I share the most with my very special folks.
  3. Please let me know you’ve seen this post by clicking on the heart symbol and/ or commenting below – and please share it if you know someone who’d be inspired! ❤
  4. My website is here, mio sito in italiano è qui, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  5. Social media links: Instagram, Facebook – the art school, my artist page, the Insider’s Guide To Guardia book page, Twitter – clareartista

creative inspiration podcast: FREEDOM!

HI! WELCOME TO MY MAY NEWSLETTER!

So the world’s becoming respectful of our individual privacy – BIG new European laws about how we’re allowed to communicate with our audience are coming into play, May 25th.

This will mean more SPACE – uninterrupted natural peace and alignment – us going about our lives without ping-ping-ping-ping – marketing tugging our collective consciousness away from what it’s really meant to be doing.

What if it even heralds the tide-going-out on consumerism? It’s a step towards being less in bondage to buying, that is for sure, and it means that we’ll have much more control than before over our personal data, and how these are used for target marketing.

As an artist, it makes me happy, that we’ll be less inundated with BUY-BUY-BUY – that we’ll have more freedom to stand back and feel our way into what we actually want in our lives: what’s really needed, what’s good for us (like more real art!)

The new privacy laws mean YOU MUST BE SUPER-CONSENTING TO JOIN ANY/ ALL MAILING LISTS – I’ll be sending out a form for you to click enthusiastically on, in the next week, if you’d love to stay on mine.

 

In the meantime, back to creative freedom and living like a happy artist:

 

Freedom is a subject much discussed in the world: human rights, democracy, freedom of movement, economic freedoms, freedom to practise one’s religion and to express one’s gender or sexual or human uniqueness. It’s a favourite subject of mine, as there are subtle-but-immense differences between concepts of freedom and actual, individual, full-bodied, spiritual-energetic freedom.

My work is occupied with the latter, with how we unblock everything that’s preventing the fullness of what should be flowing through us – how we remove armouring, a re-feel numbness, wake up stagnancy and bring pleasure back into what might have been aches and pains. For generations, the body has been relegated to a kind of mechanical convenience, ordered around by the head, patched up and sent on its way when it got damaged.

But slowly we’re coming to understand the profound interconnections between inner and outer freedom: how a calm mind and body, freed emotions and energy – a being released of trauma and negativity – can live in the world profoundly more freely than one who is tense with fear.

I understand this to be a profound – real – freedom in this reality.

I’d love to hear your response to this subject in the comments below: what is your feeling around creative freedom, or freedom in your life and work? What to you feel that you need to do, to step more fully into freedom?

This is a video about the painting ‘Being Held’: it’s probably the most important piece of art that I made last year.

It talks about the feminine being held energetically by the masculine – she knows herself and commands her own energy but she needs this anchoring and containment, that she can harvest the fullness of energy, build it up, and then channel it to the masculine – and they radiate it out into the world…

As ever, thank you so much for your support and interest in my work and ideas – it is always wonderful to hear feedback and to know your thoughts and feelings on art and creative freedom, fulfilment and good living,

Tantissime belle cose, 

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  3. Please let me know you’ve seen this post by clicking on the heart symbol and/ or commenting below – and please share it if you know someone who’d be inspired! ♥
  4. 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.
  5. Social media links: Instagram, Facebook – the art school, my artist page, the Insider’s Guide To Guardia book page, Twitter – clareartista

creative inspiration podcast number one

This is the first of these podcasts around how we unblock our immense creative potentials as human beings. It’s on FEELING, which seems like a potent place to begin:

Quite unwittingly, our collective consciousness has been pulled into a strangely atrophied and polarised version of ‘feeling’. We’re consistently expected either to numb ourselves to atrocities and/ or to be moved to emotional extremes by theatrical re-enactments of human ‘experience’.

Being consciously sentient, and moving deeper always into that sentience, is such a key role for the creative: without this profound engagement in sensory experience, we really can only be talking about surface matters.

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Without ‘full-immersion’, we have a shallow interaction with reality: which is to say that if we become more feeling, we start to understand the huge capacity that we have for cultivating harmony and love, for growing energy and making opportunity where there was nothing. We plant seeds everywhere, because we feel their potential, and we know  with every fibre of our being that it’s simply good.

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There is immense potential in what we become – that more-than-the-sum-of-the-parts – when we feel and know and sense as we were born to.

Let me know your response in the comments below – I’d love to hear how feeling is part of your artistic practise and lifestyle.

 

 

As ever, it’s a joy to be in touch with you – loads of really happy creative wishes, and speak to you next month, if I don’t see you on one of the links below…

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      1. I now make monthly public posts via my newsletter and this blog. If you’d like to be notified of this, subscribe to this blog, and join my newsletter.
      2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more: that’s my inner circle, where I share the most with my very special folks.
      3. Please let me know you’ve seen this post by clicking on the heart symbol and/ or commenting below – and please share it if you know someone who’d be inspired! ❤
      4. 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.
      5. Social media links: Instagram, Facebook – the art school, my artist page, the Insider’s Guide To Guardia book page, Twitter – clareartista

30 years’ dedicated art path

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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.
  4. Social media links: Instagram, Facebook – the art school, my artist page, the Insider’s Guide To Guardia book page, Twitter – clareartista