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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

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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Animal Sculptures & Mixed Media Canvases

Animal Sculptures & Mixed Media Canvases

February has seen two trips to WI Denman College. At the beginning of the month we explored Mixed Media canvas techniques, including crackle effects, structure paste through stencils, applied mixed media, adding texture & dry brushing.  We even raided the tea bags & tea stirrers to add to our artworks!

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Powertex Design Team Member 2017

Powertex Design Team Member 2017

Well 2017 has certainly started with some excitement!  Powertex UK have launched a Design Team this year for the first time, & I've been chosen to be one of the team!

Each design team member has been chosen for their unique style, background & experience so there will be some interesting projects developed over the coming year. 

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Stone Art at WI Denman College

Stone Art at WI Denman College

It is always nice teaching at WI Denman College. Witha longer course there is more time to develop students understanding of the medium & a chance to create a more ambitious piece of art.

Our courses are never prescriptive, allowing students to explore the medium in their own style & this Stone Art couse was no exceptions.

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Fairy Houses & the Flexibility of Powertex

Fairy Houses & the Flexibility of Powertex

There is always lots of art pieces in the Artistic ReTreats studio to provide inspiration to our students, but on occasion this has lead to students changing their mind about the course they would like to do.

One such occasion was a recent group of students who had booked to do the 'Sculpture in a Day' workshop, but on arrival they spotted the fairy houses that had recently been made for an artist's event at NT Stowe Landscape Gardens & asked if they could make them instead.

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