Street Art : Valencia

I visited Valencia with Natasha from @ishootstreetart  in June which was a perfect weekend getaway. Valencia is pure goodness! Its historic old town is slowly being regenerated, but not so fast that the crumbling and decaying buildings and plots have disappeared... instead you have this beautiful contrast of ancient buildings some which have been restored sitting quite comfortably in between graffiti covered walls and buildings. There seems to be a real celebration of street art and its artists as you travel through the narrow streets. For me this is a great weekend destination, amazing spanish food and drink, history, architecture and artwork everywhere! 

Here is a snap shot of what we saw - enjoy!

 

 

Island Girls Travel : Goa #thechillcreatetakeover

February 2017 - Calangute, Goa

On my recent trip to India I was invited to do a instagram takeover for #Islandgirlstravel an inspirational instagram account run by Chantal of Island Girls Rock

India is an amazing place - this was my second visit and again it was full of surprise and delight. Now i've been back home for a few months and back into the swing of London life I thought it was a good time to post a few pics! 

Marrakech : The Moroccan Escape

A lovely escape to the sunshine in winter is all one needs to remember the beauty in the world! Marrakech was a great place to visit! The Majorelle Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens i've ever visited. The exotic green palms contrasting with the vibrant Moroccan blue and yellow tones provided such a visual feast for the eyes.

So many gems - enjoy!

Abu Dhabi Sights

Visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was an illuminating experience. I didn't expect to be so amazed by the beautiful architecture and lighting which changed throughout the evening over sunset. 

The mosque was constructed from 1996 to 2007. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. I was in awe of the intricate beautiful detail throughout the Mosque's interior and exterior which use materials including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones,crystals and ceramics.

After our day visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque we did a classic sand dune adventure. This was fun and also showed a different side of the Abu Dhabi lifestyle. The tour included a visit to a desert 'village' where we could sample various UAE cultural dress, food and entertainment!

Pink Skies & Purple Huts

Starting my sunset obsession on this trip were some amazing pink skies in Goa...

Patnem - Goa, India

Patnem - Goa, India

Later in my trip when I met up with my good friend Latoya, she kept quoting 'Rose Quartz and Serenity' to me every time we saw a sunset. I had no idea what she was on about until she updated me to the Pantone colour of the year... The most beautiful combination of colours which for me have been the theme of many an evening.

After the jungle retreat I stayed in the most basic of huts on Patnem beach, Goa. I'm the kind of backpacker who is most comfortable when things are super basic i.e a small family run shack on the beach, a jungle retreat or the complete opposite - luxury accommodation! It's the in-between I'm not so sure about... I love the simplicity of having nothing but the sound of waves and the quiet hum of beach life. This hut called out to me and I was fortunate to have stayed here for a few nights before moving on. The fact that it was purple and called Fun-ta-stic was just the icing on the cake!

Fun-ta-stic Purple Hut

Fun-ta-stic Purple Hut

Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach

Beach Life

Beach Life

Jungle Art Retreat : Goa, India

28th February - 10th March 2016

Arriving in India from Abu Dhabi was surprisingly chilled out. Not sure what chaos I was expecting, but arriving in Goa to see a man holding up a lovely yellow hand written sign with 'Welcome Carolyne Hill' was the best feeling ever!

After driving through various towns and villages to get to Khhaama Ketna retreat I arrived up a dark dirt track and at the bottom of a small gate which looked like the entrance to the jungle, I was left with my rucksack to make my way up (glad I didn't take the suitcase!). At the top I was greeted by Saskia, Sandra and Tiago... what gorgeous people I thought! Then I met David who was also so handsome, looking like Mowgli from Jungle Book! I was shown to my hut which was the furthest out into the jungle... OMG Its proper jungle out here... they were not joking! The jungle backed onto my open air bathroom... WTF...I can only laugh at this point as i'm not sure what i'm more scared of; the Indian clay hole in the ground toilet or the thought of monkeys or snakes or what ever else is in the jungle jumping on me while I shower or sleep in my hut with open windows. Turns out I was just fine and this was the most amazing place I've ever stayed in! I loved my open air shower and the feeling of taking a midnight shower with the trees and stars above my head became the best end to a day ever.

My Jungle Accomodation

My Jungle Accomodation

The art retreat was an amazing experience! There were 8 of us in total including David's Mum Suzie. Bev, Lisa and Kat from the Art Academy in London Bridge, Nicky a exec from the TV world, Andrea from Hungary and Alex who both live in London. Such a lovely and varied bunch of people. We had  a great time, full of art adventure, beach visits, jungle spice farm tours and lots of eating!

Amazing food prepared for us at the Khhaama Ketna Farm

Amazing food prepared for us at the Khhaama Ketna Farm

Every day we'd do some artwork under the banyan tree which was a beautiful and perfect setting. Who can draw? Who is really good? I was nervous to begin with, but very soon under the banyan tree we were all getting stuck in and enjoying the adventure!

A moonlight life drawing session under the banyan tree

A moonlight life drawing session under the banyan tree

For me this was a chance to leave the mac behind and remind myself that I can draw and paint and that I enjoy it... I was surprised by some of the work I produced and also felt at times that i'd not moved on much from A-level art! Over the 10 days we were guided by Saskia and David through various activities of painting, drawing, jungle foraging, sculpture as well as various tours to the beach, spice farms, waterfalls and more.

The palm weaving workshop

The palm weaving workshop

Life drawing under the banyan tree

Life drawing under the banyan tree

Saskia and David were the perfect hosts and friends to have made. Such inspiring individuals who decided to set up this magical art retreat in the jungle!

My exhibition!

My exhibition!

Chillcreate Blog : What Next...

Hello this is my new blog dedicated to whatever comes next...

I quit my job as a creative director in December 2015 having decided that although I love being a graphic designer I was bored of the London design agency scene. It was my goal 15 years ago to be a director and I achieved that a few years ago and recently found myself thinking 'what next?'.

Travel has always featured highly in my life so that has been my dream which i have embraced again. This blog is a body of work in progress; a platform to document my travel, art, design and other creative interests from this amazing world we live in.