Mural for a Yoga Retreat in Spain
I was chosen from over 100 artist applicants to create a mural for a yoga retreat center in the south east of Spain, not far from Murcia. I had been dreaming about doing a mural for a while so was very happy to be given the opportunity and also really excited with the prospect of a travel adventure too.
I was already painting the series 'Feminine Awakening Portraits' in the country, when a yoga teacher friend of mine told me to apply. I was to be thrilled to be chosen. The brief was to paint a mural in keeping with the surrounding landscape and inspired by the charm and magic of fairy tale and myth.
Inspired by Magic
The owner fell in love with my collections, saying he felt moved by the magical quality of my work and its strong links to nature. An avid fan of Tolkien's enchanted worlds and all things 'Fea', meant I had the perfect starting point for ideas and immediately understood feeling he wanted to convey.
After doing some research I came up with the idea of a peacock, inspired by the beautiful feathers and the birds symbolism with rejuvenation and the feminine principles. Elliot loved the essence of these ideas. We both felt the almond tree, which was full of blossom at the time, would nod to Spanish landscape and the enchanted forests in Tolkiens worlds.
It is a wonderful thing when commissioner and designer of a project have a shared vision and communicate with ease. Elliot and I totally 'got' each other from the start and I felt positive about the fundamental aspects of project. The design of the tree literally grew and adapted to the balcony space, changing slightly as I spent more time working in the space.
The tree and the peacock built up in layers giving depth of colour and a 3D to the bark and feathers. People started commenting on how life like the tree looked. After sketching out the peacock in a mustard yellow, I began to add more of the greens and blues and finally adding some gold leaf in the final stages.
Bagend is nestled into a valley that once boasted many water mills. Sadly the water has gone and the mills have been abandoned now. Elliot's retreat though has brought a vibrant, creative love back to this part of the valley. He has no less that 300 lemon trees! As I walk round I cant help but take some moments of stillness under one large tree and listen to the sound of the bees. I realise how blessed I felt that my art had become another layer of enchanting glue, holding the vision of the place together. Its started as a dream, and well, you know where they can get you.