Art in the Algarve – Olhao fish, fruit and vegetable market

By Saturday morning when we visited the Olhao fish, fruit and vegetable markets which are only a few minutes walk from the School, we had established a comfortable rhythm of work and play.  We woke to clouds, but as soon as the sun burned through at around 11.30 a.m. everything warmed up.

There are two permanent markets in Olhao side by side, one for fish and the other for fruit, vegetables, meats and baked goods.    On Saturdays  the market expands dramatically.   Set out on the marine walkway, it is vibrant, colourful and once again a feast for the eyes.


Given that the market is full of bustling crowds, we decided that we would split up and then re group at 1 p.m. at David’s Bar, which is just across the road from the market.

When we arrived, still under misty conditions….the water had a tranquil quality to it….


Amongst the fruit, vegetables, seeds, and many other goodies were so many beautiful flowers….and to my delight, Calla Lilies everywhere.    I have used Calla Lilies as symbolic imagery in my work for years.   I might add that they were 1.50 euro per bunch….at home these would probably cost 1.50 each!


I loved the contrast of land harvests with sea harvests.   Here I spied one of our group sketching. Image

We had prepared  pages of our sketch books with colour grounds so that we could experiment a little.    One of the group did this quick sketch using pen and wash over a colour ground, capturing the vitality of a moment in time.


In this instance the sketch was made on white paper….using pen and a little wash.


Along with the colour of produce….


There were two groups of musicians and dancers….which added more vibrancy and joy to the occasion.   By the time I took the pictures of the men, the sun was shining brightly, and there was a festive feeling about the place.



As I meandered through, I would come across members of the group, sketching away…..


At 1 p.m., with the sun shining brightly we all met at David’s bar where we enjoyed yet another delicious lunch.

Then back to the School, where we continued to paint using some of the lovely flowers bought at the Market for warming up.



Later that day, we visited David’s home where we saw lots of interesting art work and enjoyed the views from his roof, and then onto another delightful meal….

Next week I will write about our day trip to the island of Culatra.

For now I wish everyone a beautiful weekend….

A Bientôt



9 thoughts on “Art in the Algarve – Olhao fish, fruit and vegetable market

  1. Tish Farrell

    Thank you for taking me to the Algarve, Janet. It feels restful there. Also I do love to see your quick sketches – so full of life and observation and yet so spare in detail.


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