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Acrylic paint sticks to my fingers, my heart beats faster, delight & joy spread inside. Those who like us participate in creative travel in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in the country of Salzburg will soon know this: Joy & happiness are just really contagious. Especially concerning your own creativity. Which of course you think you never have. Until it reaches you, goes right through you and pushes you to new boundaries: “I simply cannot believe it. I NEVER thought I could do NUDE drawings. I really have to do this more often … It is so much fun …!”
Quite overwhelmed, I keep talking to myself, jumping up & down whilst enjoying the view into the open Pongau landscape from the Reitlehenalm hut located at more than 1.250 metres above sea level. Yes, it is tremendous to discover new streaks of creativity as an “experienced creative traveler“. I know what to expect in an acrylic painting workshop having travelled here last year in the summer of 2012, watercolour technique is something I can vaguely remember from school but nude in the mountains ??
Well, dear readers, there is always a first time. Even for our brave, pretty nude model being patient with the likes of us. Thank you all so much for these wonderful days of inspiration here! 😀
For the past four years, the dedicated team of the local tourism association in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee has successfully managed to establish itself as a destination for creative holidays in the country of Salzburg. Besides being rooted in tradition, they have managed to exert a spirit of “annual, creative gathering” among the (regular) participants to the workshops, partly due to the charm and unique characters of the tutors such as Karin Angerer (acrylic painting), Walter Puchmayr (wooden sculpture) or Annelie Leuthäuser (voice & song lessons). “Will I see you again then?” – “Yes of course: Next year in Altenmarkt!”, one of the participants calls while walking out the door. And it is true. I have already met “my” creative family from the city of Salzburg again this year, plans for next year are already shaping up: “We really have to do this more often!”, we are laughing over lunch in the historic old town of Altenmarkt.
My fellow travel writers Monika & Petar Fuchs (TravelWorldOnline), Gudrun Krinzinger (Reisebloggerin), Andreas Susana (Travelwriticus), Martin Fosczcynski (Tripwolf) & Angelika Mandler (WiederUnterwegs) are just delighted while taking in the buzzing, creative yet at the same time relaxing atmosphere around here. Altenmarkt, it seems, has each and everyone’s creative juices flowing.
Among all courses & workshops I have attended over the past four days – acrylic & watercolour painting, singing with Su, baking bread making herbal spreads & cooking jam, plaiting, nude painting, singing in a choir – it is really hard to see which one I liked best. All of them are unique, all of them teach you so much about the area while firing up your emotions and touching the soul: I really feel a connection with the place, the people, all my fellow creative travelers, the traditions and cultural assets of the area. It is a unique sense of place here, allowing each and everyone to be natural with each other irrespective of age, origin or taste. “I really want to be like you when I am your age!” The old lady, who has been “commissioned” by her grandson to paint him a Tuscany landscape portrait, smiles. In only two days, she has painted three large canvas filled with exceptional studies and appearing to be young at heart and spirit. I want to be just like her one day: Happy and open-minded. It must be a fountain of youth, this thing called “creative travel“!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the destination Altenmarkt-Zauchensee to travel to the natura.kreativ creative summer destination in Salzburg. All opinions are my own.