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Artistic ReTreats is the brainchild of artist Liz Dixon.

Having developed her own reputation as a sculpture artist Liz now shares her expertise in a relaxing and fun environment as well as becoming an authorised distributor for Powertex products. Liz's own art gallery can be found on her website www.lizdixonart.co.uk

Make it a magical, memorable, meaningful Christmas!

Make it a magical, memorable, meaningful Christmas!

Every year, the Christmas build-up seems to start earlier and get bigger and more stressful, with a ludicrous amount of over-indulgence in food, drink and present giving. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving and receiving gifts at Christmas, but if we think a little more carefully about who we’re buying for and what we’re getting them, it would make the festive season so much more enjoyable and meaningful.

 

Three great ways to make Christmas really special are to share a lovely experience together; give a gift to help the person enjoy their hobby; and create something totally unique and memorable to present to your loved ones.

 

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Is it possible to recreate the rich, bold colours of autumn?

Is it possible to recreate the rich, bold colours of autumn?

Autumn is widely thought to be the most beautiful time of year – all that gold, red, orange and yellow on display. This season has been the favourite subject of many artists over the centuries but is a bittersweet celebration as it’s a process of change and decay when the natural world puts on its final show before winter takes hold.

Autumn colours are right up there with misty mornings, log fires, conkers and dew-laden webs as the highlights of the season and I absolutely love to reflect these glorious colours in my Powertex artwork.  

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Is September your new January?

Is September your new January?

So the kids are back at school and the summer’s indulgences are well and truly over, September is a great time to take stock of our lives and embark on a new path. In fact some are saying that September is the new January! 

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Bring summer colours into your art

Bring summer colours into your art

This hot, hot summer is creating challenges for many people in the garden, on farms, at work and at home but it’s also creating some fabulous inspiration for art. As I travel around, I’ve been amazed by the array of vibrant colours and different textures that this incredible heatwave has brought us. Whether travelling abroad or taking a ‘staycation’ in the UK this summer, lift your eyes to the sky and the environment around you for some new inspiration.

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Making Time for your Art

Making Time for your Art

As we head full pelt towards the school holidays, many (mostly) Mums will be dreading the loss of time and the change of routine that having kids around all day will enforce upon them.

Whether art is your hobby or your profession, it can be really hard to find the time to invest in it – you feel guilty for leaving the children to screen time or relying on friends and family for an afternoon of childcare.

But you really mustn't feel guilty - it’s so important for your mental wellbeing to keep up your commitment to your artwork.  Life might be hectic but giving yourself some creative space will help you feel more fulfilled and enjoy the time you have with your children.

Here are my tips for finding time for your art, around family and work:

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Bringing a Garden to Life with Sculpture

Bringing a Garden to Life with Sculpture

Sculpture has a wonderful effect on a garden - adding interest and intrigue - not only giving the viewer something lovely to look at but leading the eyes and feet around the garden.  Sculpture means different things to different people - it might be a special piece of art, a fountain of even a bench.  Anything that provides a focal point while enhancing the planting of the garden, adding drama and interest to the space.

 

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Nature: my favourite inspiration!

Nature: my favourite inspiration!

In our busy lives, it’s easy to take simple but important things for granted and to lose our connection with the natural world around us. Providing us with the air we breathe, materials for our homes, our environment also gives us amazing inspiration for art. From the array of colours in a sunset to the complex structure of a pine cone, many artists use this inspiration in different forms of artwork such as canvas, wall art or sculpture.

 

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Spring clean your home – for art’s sake!

Spring clean your home – for art’s sake!

As we emerge from the gloomy winter months, our thoughts turn to spring cleaning those forgotten corners of our house. Although it might not be time to pack away the gloves and scarves quite yet, this is the perfect time to get our clothes and houses all sorted and ready for sunnier times!

 

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Something a bit different for a special Mum

Something a bit different for a special Mum

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 11th March this year. As mums around the country are showered with cards, chocolates and flowers, what will you do to show your mum how much she is loved and appreciated?

 

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A Gift of Love from Artistic ReTreats!

A Gift of Love from Artistic ReTreats!

To celebrate the month of Love, I ran a Valentine's themed workshop to decorate a beautiful heart-shaped box.  I though I'd share the process so you too can create a unique box, in any shape you fancy, as a unique gift for someone special or just for yourself!  With Powertex & the huge range of embellishments, inks, rice papers & finishes, the sky's the limit on this wonderful project!  Happy Making! 

 

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Give your Art a Fresh Start in 2018

Give your Art a Fresh Start in 2018

Whether you believe in New Year's resolutions or not, the month of January feels like a new beginning for all sorts of things.  How do you make the most of that momentum and make positive changes to give your art a jump start?!

Getting back into a routine and finding time for your own interests can be difficult after the festive season  but it's also the perfect opportunity to take any revived inspiration and enthusiasm and try something new.  These are my top tips for making the most of your New Year fresh start:

 

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Improving mental well being the arty way

Improving mental well being the arty way

Whether you feel you have any artistic talent or not, we were all born with the need to express ourselves in whatever form that may take. I believe that creative expression benefits our brains and our mental health, making us happier, healthier people. Read these 5 ways art makes a difference: 

 

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Have art materials, will travel!

Have art materials, will travel!

I love my Artistic Retreats studio but I know that it’s not always easy for people to spare the time and travel there, my workshops might clash with an existing commitment, so I also love taking my materials and ideas out on the road, visiting people in their own home – I call it Art@Home.

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Connect with your inner artist

Connect with your inner artist

 They say that everyone has a novel in them, well that may be true as I firmly believe that everyone has an inner artist, if we just give him or her the chance to flourish!

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Steampunk Book Box

Steampunk Book Box

 A 'how to' guide to create a Steampunk Book Box using Powertex Art Supplies & Mixed Media techniques.

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