A place conducive to the creative process…..

capturing shadow play on courtyard steps – Olhao Portugal – watercolour hit://www.artinthealgarve.comP1160782If ever there is a place conducive for exploring the creative process….it’s the school in Olhao, Portugal.   http://www.artinthealgarve.comP1150689Situated in the middle of the old fishing town of  Olhao, and just a few minutes walk from the waterfront, market, shops, cafes, restaurant, etc. this school allows those who visit to completely immerse themselves into the creative process.

After being picked up at Faro Airport by Nuno the taxi driver, twenty minutes later, we enter the School house to find a very relaxed dining/sitting room area…It is in this inviting  space that we receive delicious freshly cooked food from the superb kitchen….all overseen by the wonderful Margarida.   It is also a place of many interesting conversations.P1120438I took this photograph of Margarida last year.    I was leaning over one of the upper balconies, as Margarida posed in one of the lower courtyards.P1170645What is it that makes a place conducive to the creative process?    

I believe there needs to be a sense of harmony and cohesiveness.    I find that when people are running all over the place, never settling…there is fragmentation….which in itself can destroy the flow of creative thought and production.

The studio – which sits next to the external courtyards – allowing for a free flow of work regardless of weather or time of day. ImageSituated on several different levels, attractive accommodation is found throughout the building.      There are plenty of places to enjoy the company of others, and at the same time all sorts of private nooks and crannies where people can go off on their own to paint, write, or simply be.

Looking down into the Pool House courtyard which is connected to the School House.  Last year a doorway between both buildings was introduced allowing further free flow throughout the school.   There is also a small pool on the roof of the School House.P1150733 There are countless sketching and photographic opportunities within minutes of the School.      Fish and vegetable markets are housed in two large buildings on the waterfront.   On Saturday mornings, there is a vibrant market filled with local produce and the wonderful faces of farmers, fishermen and locals.

Flowers for sale at the Saturday Market.    ImageAnd of course wonderful fresh fish………..ImageDuring the stay, a visit to Armona, one of the beautiful outlying islands is always a treat.   This is a fifteen minute boat ride away….. an opportunity for more sketching, or swimming, and of course always more good food. P1160130  I take a techno break when away….allowing me to focus fully on the creative process, and although technology is always available, for the most part I feel removed from all the interruptions of daily life – all of which is conducive to creative living.

Looking down through the one hundred and fifty year old olive tree into one of the ground level courtyards. Image

I plan to post one more time next week…..and then will leave on the 18th of April.

Meanwhile, I leave you today with a magical hummingbird….soaring above all the madness in the world….focusing on curiosity, observation and of course the creative process.

976253_10151660779970396_1579837650_o-2 no sigA Bientôt…..




37 thoughts on “A place conducive to the creative process…..

  1. Teagan Geneviene

    Dear Janet… This place is like a wonderland to me! And your paintings are gorgeous, as always. Thank you so much for sharing this. Have a thriving Thursday. Mega hummingbird hugs. 🙂

      1. Teagan Geneviene

        LOL or maybe even for painting kakapos. 😀
        I think you may have given definition to something I’ve never been able to explain, when I’m simply unable to do novel writing. It’s not writers block, not lack of ideas. I already know what the story is. Yet if work or life is bothering me, I can’t write.
        You said “I find that when people are running all over the place, never settling…there is fragmentation….which in itself can destroy the flow of creative thought and production.”
        I think that’s what it is for me — fragmentation. Now that it’s defined, maybe I can pull myself together. 🙂 Safe journey. More hugs.

  2. snowbird

    I just love the work you produce there, and I can see why, the place is utterly heavenly, exotic and vibrant. I bet you can’t wait to get back.xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning, Dina….I have just finished another course in London, and so am really looking forward to being in Portugal….it is such a special place. Hope all is well with you an that you and the furies enjoy a lovely weekend….Jante:)xxx

  3. olganm

    Thanks, Janet. This is definitely in my list of experiences I must try. That is if you don’t mind having somebody utterly useless at art (but I’m sure my writing could do with the inspiration)…

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      The School is good for everyone…no matter what level of art…and what creative discipline. I think you would love the atmosphere – a place which awakens all the senses. Thank you, Olga…and have a beautiful weekend…Janet. x

  4. Jet Eliot

    I know this sounds funny, but I just love it when you go to the Olhau school, Janet. The photos here are absolutely delightful, I love the colors and shapes, and subtleties like the olives in the upper balcony photo of Margarida. I love the photo of the bougainnvillea and the pool. Your wise words about the creative process are especially appreciated, and give me inspiration for my own creative process. I know it is going to be another wonderful adventure for you, and I am so happy about that.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning, Jet…Thank you so much for this lovely comment. I am really looking forward to being at the School. As soon as I get in the taxi at Faro airport with dear Nuno the taxi driver, I feel as if I am coming home. I am always reminded of how important it is to set up a creative space so that it works….regardless of whether it’s a tiny studio, or a large school. I will think of you surrounded with nature and pursuing your writing. Janet:)

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much for re blogging this. I will be leaving for Portugal on Monday….At the moment preparing and doing last minute stuff here:) I always appreciate your support. Janet. x

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning dear friend and thank you so much for the re blog. Hope all is well in you world and that you are painting every day and enjoying your glorious gardens. Janet. 🙂

      1. moorezart

        Janet hello! What wonderful work and adventures you are having! Its always so inspiring to come visit you and your writing and art! You are so very welcome! I can’t resist blogging your positive and colorful work!

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