I first met Jude Flemming in April. She had just arrived from Australia to spend six months as artist in residence at the Art School in Olhao.
I liked her immediately and so was delighted that she could spend time with me on my recent visit to Olaho. As it was extremely hot, Jude and I decided to spend a day of sketching, photographing, etc. on Armona Island.
An aerial view of Armona Island (taken from internet) ….The dock in the foreground is where the ferries and boat taxis from Olhao unload their cargo of locals/tourists and supplies for the few shops and restaurants on the Island.
As it was close to lunch time, we stopped in at Armona 4 – the same restaurant which I featured in April. Pam Pardo, the owner of the restaurant, is delightful and she and her staff did everything to make our visit most enjoyable. We sat on the upper terrace which allowed for cool breezes and good views. It’s a place I would always return to when visiting Armona.
Jude and I were having so much fun, I forgot to take photographs on the terrace, and so this is one from the April visit. Melanie and Elaine enjoying one of the delicious cocktails available at Armona 4. What a happy moment that was.
And of course fresh fish from the grill…..
Part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, Armona – is only a 15 minute ferry ride across the bay from Olhao where the Art School is located.
There are blessedly no cars, hotels, clubs or ATMs on the Island….definitely my kind of place.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the amazing places on the Algarve. As a stop over point in the migration routes between Europe and Africa it is a paradise for birdwatchers as well as artists.
Jude Fleming – on the beach after lunch. More about Jude on Friday when I will be featuring some of the beautiful collages and paintings she is currently working on. Yes we did have fun………..http://www.judefleming.com
One of the many charming cottages on Armona Island – I mentioned in April that this is a place I would like to rent a cottage for a month off season to paint and write. Hopefully that will happen sometime.
A beach at the other side of the Island from the ferry landing.
We returned to Olhao at around 6.30 just in time to meet up with Diane Oliver – tutor of the group visiting from San Francisco. http://www.dianeolivier.com. Diane is an excellent artist with a strong following. She is already booked to return to Olhao next July.
The day finished with a lovely meal at the school cooked by Margarida along with interesting conversation with the group from San Francisco. Perfect.