MAKING THE SPACE TO MAKE

As the new year comes in fast and intense, I wanted to recap about the Live Like A Happy Artist book series.

Alongside my painting practise, and healing and being happy, these new books will be my main work focus this year – and I don’t want any interruptions!

Here’s a vlog about all that:

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NEW YEAR’S REVELATIONS

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Preparing for a pop-up boutique, this summer in Guardia

In the delightful process of moving back into my own space, I got re-reading some books which I love and which hadn’t been opened in several years (what with all the DIYing and guests and whatnot).

Several Paolo Coelho books have accompanied me on long soaks in the candlelit bath in the cellar this winter –  and two, The Witch Of Portobello and The Zahir, surprised me anew.

Reading them both consecutively, they seemed to talk about very similar themes, and to overlap in the thought process of the protagonists.

I love how the author uses the same metaphors and even the same words, to express his ideas. Because these ideas are keys to unlocking the pain of the world, they need said and said and said.

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the mermaid on the hill: wild woman out of her habitat, but in her power

The repeated motif which stood out most for me, was about doing new things, seeing the world in a new way, freeing up your energy, every single precious day.

Both books talk about both dancing it out, and telling your story – releasing your habits by expressing them again and again – as if, both dancing and speaking, you eventually wear out the power of the story which is binding you.

This is so important, in a world where we are literally bombarded continually by influences and demands – to be something other than our true state of (spiritual) wellbeing.

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tear baby, painting about needing to let go of one’s story of grief

This is my totem for the year – the concept of allowing oneself to be a channel for energy and light, and the idea that we have to work daily to refresh what is being lived through us (otherwise our inner ‘garden’ becomes overgrown with ivy or even piled up with junk, and can’t bring us nourishment any more).

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the marriage – couple in a sacred garden, sharing their story

And so that’s how I’m starting my first day back at ‘work’: rather than looking at my agenda, which I made all full and organised for a new, super-efficient new year, I dove into the projects nearest my heart, which free up the most energy and inspiration! Thank you, Paolo Coelho, for reminding me that our intuition is the engine of our life, not a pretty accessory.

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(I’m organising my sewing/ inspiration room, and planning a living room in the first cantina of my beautiful arthouse – yey!)

How is your new year? Are you feeling invigorated and ready for a new cycle? Are you committed to a happy, fulfilled life and work? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Lots of the very best wishes for your brand new year, Clare xx

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THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO GUARDIA SANFRAMONDI

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It’s with great pride and joy that I announce the publication of

THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO GUARDIA SANFRAMONDI!

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The guidebook has been percolating for several years, and took around a year to write – it’s not a typical or superficial guide, but a frank view into life in this molto particolare culture and place, climate and economy – by someone who knows it intimately.

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hanging out with beautiful young folk of Guardia, who helped me learn Italiano!

It has 130 pages, 3 maps, detailed instructions on how to get here most efficiently and affordably, what and who to watch out for, how to navigate all the boons and quirks of the town as a foreigner. Here are some initial reactions from my readers:

Mary Tagliarino: “Wonderfully informative with a fascinating window on the culture of Guardia! Better than any ethnography from my Anthropology studies!”

Glenn T Martin: “It was FABULOUS!! I am learning so much…I didn’t even realize Guardia had a larger grocery store!! Please keep up the good work.”

Crystal A. Davis: “GREAT book! Love your writing style! I read it in one go! It’s such a wonderful book, and will be providing deep benefit for many years! … made me miss Guardia so much.”

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 HERE’S AN EXCERPT, FROM THE END OF THE BOOK

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ABOUT THE NEW COMMUNITY

“The new international community of Guardia Sanframondi is growing on the shoulders of a series of protagonists and ‘believers’ who were led to the abandoned medieval quarter over the past few decades. None of us are pioneers; none of us are discoverers of an undiscovered culture: Guardia was thriving away over the centuries without us.

At the same time, we now have a truly rare situation, whereby the bright threads of our overlapping stories and dreams have started to form a strong, brightly-coloured fabric. This unique tapestry is having new threads continually being woven into it. Working together, and bringing the best of all our cultures to the table, there’s huge potential for our long-term intercultural ‘surthrival’, which is more important than ever in this troubled world.

As the community grows, and new folks compare who came first, who has the biggest key or the best panorama, it’s important to acknowledge that there were many talented individuals who came to Guardia long before us all, and who continue to go about their business and leisure without fanfare. My own arrival here followed a series of other protagonists with beautiful house projects: I was inspired by cultured folks from Caserta and Torre Del Greco, Naples and Rome. These brilliant folks continue to contribute to the multicultural diversity of our growing community, by developing B&Bs, summer camps and artist residencies, inter-cultural events and special celebrations. It’s often the ones not blowing their own trumpets who make the more significant contributions to a cultural dynamic.

I’ve always seen the potential of the old town as a win-win-win situation, and it does seem like it’s possible that there’s space for us all to flourish, particularly if we treat each other and the town with respect and generosity. If we give back as much – or more – than we get from the place, we can build a collective creative power which can stand strong in defiance of the worst cultural tensions and austerity economics currently proliferating across Europe.

Some of us felt a calling to be in Guardia – even if it was in part the €10K house price-tag tempting us! Many of us felt pulled by something intangible and yet irresistible: we followed signs and good vibes, and we found our dream home, and a high quality, chilled-out way of life.

Many of the new international community are empty-nesters or nearing retirement age, and want to be in a peaceful (and affordable) place when they’re older. Others seek silence and solitude, spiritual reflection, time in nature – sometimes as respite from a heavy work schedule back home. Yet others want the headspace to create: artists, writers, musicians, creatives of all kinds.

We all share a passion for good food, great wine, a gentle lifestyle, a breath-taking view, fresh air, clean water. We’re all stimulating the local community in some shape or form – to better appreciate the beauty and values they might have taken for granted up to now, to fulfil their own creative dreams and projects, to get organised, and to support the regeneration of the old town.

Most folks from abroad are coming to Guardia for a few weeks per annum, others for as many as 6 months. One or two hope to transfer, though no-one has yet lasted more than a couple of years during all four seasons. But within a few years, what with further TV publicity coming again soon, and several foreigners and Italians establishing new businesses; the rejuvenation of Guardia Sanframondi looks set to settle into a more permanent and dynamic international community.

Together, we all have even huger potential, and I have a lot of optimism about the inherent positivity and spirit of our movement winning over any greed and ego which is trying to get a foothold. Bravi noi!

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I have a unique position here in Guardia, having been protagonist in the renaissance movement, and here year-round since 2009; my first couple of years here were completely da sola,  without the language. I learned everything the hard way – so you don’t have to!

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winter isn’t always sunny and warm, here!

What many people don’t know is that alongside a colourful art career I’ve also had a parallel incarnation as a visionary – being heavily involved in several large scale community and social housing transformation projects.

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international artists, attracted by the creative vibe in Guardia!

I’ve won social entrepreneur awards, and was shortlisted for major funding for a visionary project to transform social housing in Scotland. I’m able to understand the underlying interconnectedness of things: how behaviour and systems reverberate – how these knock-on effects accumulate over time, and how we can interract positively in the patterns they make.

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With this experience and skill, I approached the empty centro storico – not as a problem and public liability (as it was viewed by most locals at the time) – but as a blank canvas and community resource, with immensely valuable potential.

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Ri-CREARE festival, 2014, outside the Arthouse

My enthusiasm and hard work at the beginning of the interest from abroad helped shift perception about the old town in a relatively short period.

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scambia culturale and lots of fun!

I was protagonist on a practical level, to initiate the great flow of stranieri into the empty houses, and I’ve initiated multifarious intercultural events in Guardia…

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photo by Charlotte Sørensen

I continue to bring visitors to Guardia from all over the world, and to inspire locals to see the town and landscape with new eyes. I’ve stimulated masses of cultural and language exchange, inspiring a multitude of people to set up projects, homes and dreams – here and in other countries!

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2014’s Terra Vivente art studio, which I had a key role in establishing

My perspective on how it is to live as a foreigner here is uniquely deep, having been here for 6 yrs, and having been very involved in the community.

I hope the guidebook will help others to find their feet in Guardia Sanframondi.

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The guidebook is also my first step in getting my ideas around community and creative transformation, into print as guidebooks – I’ll be exploring many interconnected ideas throughout the Live Like A Happy Artist book series.

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PLUS here are the arthouse’s two beautiful CALENDARS for 2016:

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The Guardia calendar is a high-colour publication is an inspired collection of images of this beautiful town and its surrounding landscape. My very best photos throughout the seasons.

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And the Art calendar has all my favourite paintings from this year, in full colour.

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END AS YOU MEAN TO BEGIN…

There’s a heck of a lot of unnecessary tension around the New Year!

As if the excess of Christmas and the cabin fever of being stuck inside with the rest of the family weren’t challenging enough… then there’s resolutions we ‘should’ make.

Rather than being a serious attempt to improve our lives and wellbeing – a New Year’s resolution is mostly a rigid dogma set on our shoulders like a heavy sack of coal.

As with many aspects of our culture, it’s all about the guilt and then the rebellion against that guilt – keeping us in that cycle of neediness: comfort, reassurance, material objects and distractions.

What if we approached it more holistically? Rather than expecting ourselves to take one giant leap into a new lifestyle, why not look at the infinite small steps we can make towards a higher goal: we could even think of it as the presence we can have, in each and every moment:

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Loving our work; following what nourishes us; respecting each other; cooperating; sharing; being aware of our immediate effects in the world – and our long-term effets; navigating from health and happiness rather than what’s bothering us this particular moment; being true to our hearts – to what makes us joyful.

This New Year is like every blessed day we have: a day filled with immense possibility to create, make, invent, philosophise, enlighten, inspire!

Don’t let the magic of your real reality, be squashed into a naff plastic box by banal collective traditions – get on with enjoying the beauty and joy of the everyday, every day!

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HAPPY SHOPPING!

Clare xx

I’VE BEEN IN BED FOR TWO WEEKS…

…AND I LOVED BEING ILL!

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My illness this past fortnight, particularly painful and incapacitating, was probably the most transformative period I’ve had in all my creative years. I’ll tell you why, though I’m slightly nervous about the confessional aspects:

Firstly, I don’t approach being sick in the conventional way. Nor do I follow a ‘complimentary’ path. I’m hardcore listening-to-illness-as-a-means-of-spiritual-transformation type. I get that this riles people on many levels, from doctors to family, who see a symptom and want to jump on it, stamp it out like it’s a spark threatening to burn down the house.

For me, the aggressive approach resonates with many stances throughout modern cultures: ultimately, it’s knee-jerk intervention, from a place of fear. Interference is the presumed norm; getting in the way of natural processes and cycles – anything which can work itself out. We like to be busy, and to be seen to be useful: we value doing, and become uncomfortable with others who allow things to just be.

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But here are 5 good reasons why I’d listen to a disease, rather than react to it:

  1. The reasons we’re ill are most often directly related to the path we’ve been on up until becoming so; they’re often many, always interconnected. We do great service to our lives, and to the lives and health of others, by looking inwards when we’re sick.
  2. Symptoms give us the space, the silence, the rest, which we need, even when our mind is jibing away about returning to work.
  3. Symptoms are the body’s means of expressing disharmony – they need to be allowed to be let out.
  4. If symptoms are halted or suppressed in any way, the underlying causes of those symptoms will be even more difficult to see.
  5. The underlying reasons will continue to be out of kilter, and will continue to develop symptoms, but are likely to create new symptoms on a deeper level, less visible to us.

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The fact it’s considered normal to want to put a lid on our symptoms, and then get right back to what they interrupted us from doing, is a kind of psychosis. Or at best, it’s certainly not healthy; it suggests that we are tied into a kind of bondage, if we can’t take the time and space to attend to the spiritual, to our underlying well-being, when we’re ill.

But it can be frightening being ill and in pain; our stability and continuity is challenged – we don’t know for sure if it might spiral downwards into something more serious – everyone around us is baying about medicine: it’s best to just take the pill than to trust one’s body, of all things.

This is where it gets a bit back-to-front for me, because doctors and friends are there telling me to follow the ‘sensible’ route, and I’m there thinking ‘how do I explain that I don’t believe in their highly suspect reality?!’ The pharmaceutical industry is based on super-wobbly mythologies, and is intertwined with the über macho psyche of our whole cultural: destroy, before you are destroyed!

This paradigm only works because we’ve been temporarily lulled into believing that we’re better to trust someone else about our mind-body-spirit than ourselves: just look at schools, churches, governments. And so that becomes true for lots of people: they don’t have any access to their own healing power, their self-knowledge, they no longer see their own symptoms not as a means of learning. Pain is seen not as a signpost, but something either to be quickly snuffed out (beit by pill, booze or other numbing factor), or fetishised – shared and compared.

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I’m here on this planet neither as a subscriber to pharmaceutical companies, nor to quell the fears of everyone who thinks we shouldn’t feel pain and have symptoms. I believe what I do, because of years of healing and listening, studying and deepening, of knowing myself, and knowing enough about how the mind-body-spirit functions (not to be arrogant, but) to trust in the power of my body to heal itself.

I’m here in this lifetime to grow spiritually, and to learn more about energy, consciousness, illumination. That’s why, coming out of a fortnight of physical overwhelm, I feel myself renewed deep inside; calm in my spirit and mind, healed emotionally, happy and free: I feel all my levels aligned, and aligned with my external life again.

I’ll be writing more about the subject of the pain body and transforming creatively, in the Live Like A Happy Artist book series.

Lots of love, Clare xx

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HOW THE ____ DID YOU COME TO BE IN GUARDIA SANFRAMONDI?!

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So, it’s coming up for 6 yrs into my Italian adventure, and still every day someone asks me ‘but how did you come to be in Guardia Sanframondi?’

They ask it in a variety of ways – from incredulous to inspired to cynical – locals and foreigners alike.

The response I give them depends on my assessment of a) whether or not they’ve seen the house hunting TV show, b) how much time we have, and c) what I think this person’s capacity for hearing truth might be.

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I launch into whatever version is appropriate to the mood, then we quickly end up on a tangent, with questions about whatever aspect intrigues or challenges them…. There are many myths as to how and why I came to Guardia, and initiated this fascinating dynamic of intercultural, happy-life experimentation, so here are some corrections:

  • I was here for 2 and a half years, before I had even heard of the TV show.
  • My house had been 16 yrs abandoned, and I’d already been living in it and restoring it for a year and a half, before the filming.
  • The real cost of the house was precisely €10,000 (around £8,600 at the time, or $11,380 today), and I’ve a total of approx. €2,000 on renovations: lots of things I was gifted – from a windows and doors to toilets, furniture, plates and the tripod I filmed the video with – everything else was either reused or recycled.
  • The other two houses on the show were never for sale; not then, not now; they belong to folks who live in the city but come to Guardia occasionally. Neither was my ‘estate agent’ an estate agent – though in real life he did help me with the initial contract on the house, before I’d learned enough Italian.

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  • I was never so bothered about the “earthquake damage?!!” – that is, until an actual earthquake happened – that freaked the hell out of me, quite honestly. But I was totally amazed at how a medieval abode can loup about, and yet sit down solidly again afterwards; feels like, if anything, the tremors actually helped my building to settle.
  • Before I came to Italy I had a flourishing career in Scotland and other countries, as an artist and a visionary. I’ve been involved in various fields, always working with concepts around creating abundance and inspiring positive change. My artwork and social entrepreneur projects have received many rewards, and I am known for having inspired positive change in the least likely of places. Making the choice to appear on House Hunters was an intentional tactical move, to bring Guardia into the spotlight, with the vision of stimulating a new community: it wasn’t a chance event, by any means.

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  • When I arrived, I met literally no-one in town who spoke English, bar a couple of younger folks in the bar, who – meno male! – took me under their wings, and helped me learn quicker.
  • I drove here from Scotland, with my cat and all my worldly possessions (that would fit in my car, but leave room for the cat, and for rear-view-mirror visibility). It took 3 ½ days. Then I drove to Scotland and back again, to pick up my paintings.
  • Very little of my first 5 yrs in Guardia was the glorious utopia which I’ve now achieved. To varying degrees, I was weighed down by – in no particular order: being harassed by lecherous old men; being psyched out by a stalker who followed me here from Scotland, then vented his rage on his blog, after I told him I was going to report him to the carabinieri; being threatened and intimidated by a dodgy guy who was trying – and succeeding – to rip off foreigners; being bad-mouthed by an American woman who had taken a severe disliking to me – she told a few folks that I was mad and evil, and that she was scared I was going to take a pistol to her; a clique of foreigners who subsequently cold-shouldered me (to do with the previously-mentioned person), despite my having gone well out of my way to welcome them to the town; a nasty and completely untrue story which was passed around by many in town (particularly those who wanted to scoop up all the B&B clientelle) that I’d sabotaged this previously-mentioned woman’s work (!); huge water and rubble damage being done in my beautiful house, due to shoddy workmanship on the house above me, then subsequent aggressive bad-mouthing of me in emails, by the owners, when I very diplomatically flagged it up; raging aggression from my neighbours, for no particular reason I could understand at the time, but before I could decipher shouted Italiano; being consistently patronised-beyond-belief by men (like, being patted on the head and told I was a good girl – that hadn’t happened to me since I was about 6 yrs old); being ripped off by lots of folks, from petrol attendants (Solopaca: vergonga!) to chimney sweeps – until I learned to assert myself; being asked to tone down my blog and only write nice, happy things about the town – and to not mention all the sordid tomfoolery which was going on around selling houses; occasional preoccupying gut-wrenching fear that I’d made the really, really wrong choice to come here; being manipulated and pushed and pulled by almost everyone in town – from the initial house hunters’ onslaught, to annoying old men who insist I should be helping them sell their house, ADESSO, whilst leching horribly over me; annoying old ladies who ask really intrusive questions in order to try and humiliate me; mean folk in one bar who went round saying I was sleeping with ‘everyone in town’ early on; the ex-wife of my (now ex) partner who had a screaming fit at me during the busiest market of the year; persistent ill health and severe poverty and overwhelm and disillusion of every imaginable variety, which at several points has convinced me I should pack up and leave…. etc.

The point of this list and the video is a) to get it all off my chest, so I don’t have to keep repeating myself (either in my own head, or with others), b) to illustrate that ANY REALLY HAPPY LIFE contains all manner of stress and unpleasantness, and c) to explain that it was not luck which brought me here: I am not ‘lucky’ to have a life like I do: it was faith in the divine creative intelligence, and then lots of humility and super hard graft.

For me, the Guardia ‘magic’ is not about finding a place in the sun, where everything goes slowly, nothing costs much, and where there are few loud noises and little crime: it’s about superando (overcoming) the hard stuff and creating the dream, slowly, painstakingly… no matter what comes up.

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It’s about keeping on your happy path, and nurturing your vision by appreciating the moments of perfection, which nestle like jewels amidst all the chaos and projections and nastiness and pollutions. Over the years, these jewels become polished, and all the dirt in the world around them just makes them shine all the brighter.

Here’s the definitive, uninterrupted story: or at least as much of it as could be crammed into a 25 min video!

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SKIN SLOUGHING SEASON

This is an exciting time of the year, in terms of transformation!

I just had my birthday, so it’s my new year, and I always use this transition into a whole new cycle as a way of looking afresh at my life and work – sometimes I make big changes!

This particular season is also special for me, because it marks both the end of my fifth year in Guardia Sanframondi – and a new phase of my professional life as an artist. The past few months have been highly successful and satisfying on one level, and yet on another, they’ve felt like I’m dragging a heavy load of responsibility and worry – which shouldn’t really be mine.

So it feels like time to slough an old skin!

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‘Sloughing a skin’, to me, means a big clear out/ tidy-up/ autumn deep clean (body and house), but it’s also a shedding of e.g. inappropriate workloads and others’ projections. A time for delegation and release.

It is powerful to do this at least once annually, and why not during the period when all of nature is dropping fruit, shedding leaves, letting go and resting back into itself, as the nights become longer.

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One potent way that I’m marking my own ‘letting go of inappropriate responsibilities’, is by transferring all the useful wisdom I have about Guardia Sanframondi into book form. This coincides with a much tougher line on interruptions: i.e. not allowing interruptions at all, thus making a renewed commitment to my art practise.

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It took me these past 5 years to restore my house, learn the language and set up a business abroad: it is a dream made true, and I am doing everything I want to, so it was bothering me that I wasn’t waking up ecstatic every morning.

In fact, I was feeling consistently agitated and too full – my head crammed with all sorts of trivialities, emails ting-ing away, and infinite requests for answers streaming in and out of my social media accounts: most of it around the town, and practicalities, orientation… The doorbell was being buzzed far too often, and folks getting into my head space, my workspace, my emotional space, with things that had nothing to do with me. In the end, it felt like I was re-living my own struggle to get established here, whilst simultaneously acting as counsellor and councillor!

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It is a great thing for us humans to be able to have symptoms – to feel negative emotions – because these draw our attention to what needs attending to. Without symptoms, we’d just keep crashing on towards self-destruction.

So having figured out what was holding me back, and why people were asking for my time, I can now figure out how to proceed, whilst hopefully not abandoning or offending anyone!

I’m excited to be honing my practise; focussing much more on the creative acts at the centre of my work. My relationship with creativity is like a strong tree trunk in my life – and my being inspired is the nutriment which is required to keep the structure solid and vibrant; my own pleasure and enjoyment of the place I live in, my travels, my painting and writing.

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If we’re stretched out into others’ needs and wants, then our trunk begins to become brittle, our limbs limp – and less and less essential nutrients gets to where they need to go.

I’ll be announcing some new Patreon rewards this week and next: particularly interesting for those of you passionate about Guardia Sanframondi!

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Tante belle cose, Clare

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EVER SAID “I’M NOT CREATIVE”?

 IT ALWAYS STRUCK ME – THIS MANTRA WHICH WAS SO OFTEN REPEATED

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I came across it at practically every exhibition I ever had; it was the first thing folks said to me, like a disclaimer, before expressing a view on any painting.

“I don’t know anything about art, but…”

“I’m not creative at all, but…”

And these confessions were invariably accompanied by mild shame.

Folks seemed embarrassed by some unworthiness to pass comment on art and/ or the creative process – the latter being perceived as a magical-mystical skill and the exclusive realm of the fine artist.

It’s no small thing, and it comes up again and again; this tendency to confess inferiority prior to speaking their (now watered down) truth.

It might seem like a very minor neurosis, but to me (as a working artist having spent 41½ yrs delving deeper and deeper into the creative process) it appears more like a compounded symptom of disconnect from the divine.

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BUT WE ALL HAVE INHERENT ABILITY TO CREATE AND MANIFEST MAGICALLY IN THE EVERYDAY!

This might all sound rather dramatic at first, but understanding how we have been literally brainwashed out of our inherent spirituality, is a key factor in unlocking many of our cultural and societal ills.

What our feeling “I’m not creative” really means is:

• our spontaneous activity in the everyday is completely interfered with

• from a young age we’re taught to always doubt our intuition

• we’re brainwashed into believing that logic should always over-ride feelings

• we’re encouraged to have significant shame about our own emotions

• we’re conditioned into having only specific feelings, because they can be monetised

• our shame is also monetised

It effectively means that all of our problems and choices in all the situations we come across in our lives, are interrupted with in one way or another: instead of seeking spontaneous solutions with what we find around us –and our own ingenuity, we automatically think of a transaction we need to make, which would give us a neat manufactured remedy for the issue.

Again, this might all sound rather over-the-top (in a world where it is entirely acceptable to be stiff and closed energetically, aggressive and controlling psychologically, and/ or über-neurotic), but if you look behind the thin veneer of social orderliness, you can see a contrasting alternative reality, glaring back.

If we don’t step outside of the collective ‘norm’, we tend not to challenge this reality. But if you don’t know something is broken, you wouldn’t assume to fix it, eh?

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I’m excited to be working on the first books in the LIVE LIKE A HAPPY ARTIST series right now: they aim to open peoples’ eyes to the sacred everyday – and the many ways in nwhich we can unblock our creative potency.

The series begins with simple colouring-in and mark-making books, and will build up to more powerful transformational projects.

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I’m particularly looking forward to the doll-making one, as I have a passionate interest in how we can both understand our relationship with our body by drawing it intuitively, and how we can change ourselves by hand-making bodies which are metaphors for how we want to live!

Looking forward to sharing it all with you!

                                            Tante belle cose, Clare xx

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MI E’ VENUTO IN MENTE SEMPRE – QUESTA MANTRA ERA COSI’ FREQUENTEMENTE CANTATA

Ho trovato in quasi ogni mostra ho mai fatto; era la prima cosa le gente mi hanno detto, come una rinuncia, prima d’esprimere un opinione su d’un quadro.

“Io conosco niente in rispetto l’arte, ma…”

“Io assolutamente non sono creative, ma…”

Queste confessione stanno quasi sempre accompagnata con una tipa di lieve vergogna.

Le gente sembravano sempre imbarazzate, d’un tale indegnità per commentare sull’arte e/ o il processo creativo – quest’ultimo essendo percepito come un abilità magica e mistica, ed il regno esclusivo degli artisti.

Non è una piccola cosa, e succederà ripetutamente; questa tendenza di confessare, prima d’esprimere loro (adesso diluita) verità.

Può sembrare una nevrosi minore, ma per me (come un artista molto attiva, con 41½ anni d’esperienza zampando più e più profondo nel processo creative) sembra più come un sintomo aggravato di sconnessione dal divino.

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MA ABBIAMO TUTTI LA COMPETENZA INNATA PER CREARE E MANIFESTARE IN UNA MODA MAGICALE OGNI GIORNO!

Al inizio, può sembrare un po’ drammatica, ma comprendo come siamo stati praticamente lavato del cervello per perdere nostro spiritualità innata, è uno fattore chiave nel sbloccando di tante nostri problemi – sia sociale e culturale.

Ma nostro sentimento “Io non sono creative” significa in realtà:

• nostra attività nella quotidiana e completamente interferito

• d’un età infantile, siamo insegnato di avere dubbio su di nostri intuizioni

siamo lavati del cervelli, per credere che il logico dev’essere sempre in controllo degli sentimenti

• siamo incoraggiati per avere vergogno assai di nostri emozioni

siamo condizionate per avere solo emozioni particolari, perché possono essere monetizzate

nostro vergogno è anche monetizzato

In realtà, questa significa che tutti nostri problemi e scelte, in tutti i situazioni dove arriviamo in nostre vite, sono interrotto in qualche modo; invece di cercare per soluzioni spontaneamente, con c’io che troviamo vicino – e nostro ingenuità, pensiamo automaticamente d’un transazione dobbiamo fare, che può risolvere la problema in una moda molto pulito e distaccato.

Ancora, questa può sentire proprio esagerata (in un mondo dove è completamente accettabile per essere molto rigido e chiuso energeticamente, aggressivo e controllando psicologicamente, anche/ o sia super-nevrotico), ma se si vedi dietro il velo sottili di ordine sociale, puoi vedere una realtà alternative, che contrasta molto.

Se non scapiamo un po’ della ‘norma’ collettiva, abbiamo la tendenza di non avere interessa per cambiare niente. Ma se non sai una cosa è rotto, non pensati per risolvere, no?

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Sono emozionante per essere lavorando su i primi libri nella serie VIVERE COME UN ARTISTA FELICE in questo momento: i libri aspirano per aprire le occhi delle gente per vedere il sacro nel ogni giorno –  è per le tante mode in cui possiamo sbloccare nostra potenziale creative.

La serie inizia con semplice libri per colorare e disegnare, e sviluppano fino libri su progetti più potente nel senso di trasformazione creative.

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In particolare, non vedo l’ora di fare questo su facendo bambole, perche ho un interessa passionata su come possiamo sapere nostro rapporto col corpo, quando facciamo disegni in una moda intuitiva. E’ come cambiamo per il meglio, quando facciamo a mano simboli dei corpi, che sono metafore per come vogliamo vivere!

Sono impazienta di condividere tutto con te!

                                            Tante belle cose, Clare xx

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LETTING THE GOOD STUFF IN!

It has been an extraordinary fortnight of near-continual socialising! New friends, returning guests, folks here to buy a house, or to sign final papers for one, or just to enjoy the blossoming energy in Guardia Sanframondi. An unprecedented quantity of international Guardiesi, all partying and getting to know each other, laughing and making merry – deliziosa!

È stata una quindicina di giorni straordinaria, di socializzazione quasi costante! Nuovi amici, il ritorno degli ospiti, gente qui per comprare una casa, o per firmare i documenti finali per una casa, o anche solo per godersi l’energia in fiore a Guardia Sanframondi. Una quantità senza precedenti di Guardiesi internazionale, tutti loro festeggiando e facendo la conoscenza l’un l’altro, ridendo e facendo allegro deliziosa!

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And the spring is exploding in beauty and colour – truly, I have never seen it so delicious – my eyes are feasting, and it feels like I’m being nourished in all parts of my self, just by being here, within this rich landscape.

E la primavera sta esplodendo in bellezza e colore in verità, non ho mai visto così delizioso i miei occhi sono banchettando, e ci si sente come se fossi nutrito in ogni parte di mi stesso, appena essendo qui, entro questo ricco paesaggio.

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COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS

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Those of you who’ve been following my blog and social media lately, will have seen my colouring book idea slowly coming to fruition…

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Imagine my surprise, as I got to the printing and mock-up stage, to hear in the background, as I sewed the pages together, an interview on Radio Scotland about the ‘first ever colouring book for adults’!

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Despite the inaccuracy of the announcement (there have existed a few nichè colouring books for grown-ups for many years – though perhaps not rising to the same level of popularity), here it seemed that my precious idea – fermented over at least a decade, and only now coming into physical reality – was being pipped at the post! Continue reading