It’s April which must mean Portugal :) –

After the weekend I return to the School in Olhao, Portugal – hard to believe another year has past.

It’s always lovely to be reunited with the olive tree that meanders up through the internal courtyards all the way to the roof of the School – and given that sun and warm weather is forecast there will be lots of wonderful shadow play to observe and paint:)    After a long, wet, cold winter it will be wonderful….and oh the light, let’s not forget the light. 10295235_10152370607180396_8634046936488294426_oI always look forward to being at the School – seeing Margarita and the rest of the team who make it feel like home, and being immersed in what I feel is one of the more conducive places to explore the creative process.      This year I am looking forward to it more than ever.

one of the exterior stairways in the School – watercolour20-11-15 - 1 (936)One of the group sketching on Armona Island – 15 minute boat ride from the School. 20-11-15 - 1 (900)Quick sketch of fishing boats – watercolour20-11-15 - 1 (63)The studio P1150901From top level of the School where the rooftops of old Olhao can be seen.  There is a small pool on the roof and another in one of the ground floor courtyards. P1150939Storks nesting top of one of the Olhao churches.       Olhao  part of the Ria Formosa National Park is a superb place for birders.    ImageOlhao is a working fishing town…. fish from the local marketImagesketching in the alley behind the School 20-11-15 - 1 (145) Playful hummingbirds to set the mood – watercolour. 

20-11-15 - 1 (38)Those who follow my blog will know that when I am away and painting, other than checking e mails, I have a holiday from blogging and social media…

After I return from Portugal I will have six days and then on 3rd May I fly to Boston.    I will post a blog before leaving.

A Bientot 



37 thoughts on “It’s April which must mean Portugal :) –

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Teagan. Yes, I am just like a hummingbird – and I love it 🙂 It really is a magical place…Hopefully I will bring back new photographs. Thank you so much – Janet xxx

  1. Vera Komnig

    Aaaah, I can not help but sigh ahhhh as I read you, my dear sister in art, Janet. I love Portugal, love Olhao, the sun, the light the scent of almonds and lemons and the photo of the studio … aaahhhh ❤

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I will be thinking about you dear Vera – my sister in art – and I am quite sure talking about you and your art. One of these years you must come to the School. I think you would love it….and yes I cannot wait for the light, sun, almonds, lemon, fish, and so much more. xxx

  2. Timi Townsend

    Have a wonderful and productive time in Portugal and, if I don’t get the chance to see your post when you return, enjoy your family visit in Boston, dear Janet! ❤

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you very much Timi. I am so looking forward to Portugal and the States. Hope you continue to be as creative as ever and of course enjoy life to the full. Janet 🙂 x

  3. snowbird

    Without a doubt this haven is a painters paradise! It will be wonderful to have the sun on your back again, have a blast! Looking forward to hearing all about it!xxxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Dina….Yes, I cannot wait to feel the warm sun on my face and to be back at the school, which you rightly say is a painters paradise 🙂 Hope you enjoy a lovely weekend. janet xxxx

  4. Jet Eliot

    Oh I so enjoy your visits to the art school in Portugal, Janet. Really liked seeing these photos of the school, especially the work stations, something I find fascinating. Fun to see talented sketchers posted in quiet places, exercising and honing their skills. The light here, I can see why it is so attractive to you and other artists. Great to see the stork nest too. Your paintings here are each a sweep of utter beauty. The stairway with the lights and color, movement and greenery; the seaside with fishing boats, so colorful, the masts and sky; and the hummingbirds, one in swiftness, and the other a rackettail, a species I live to see. I hope I have caught you before take-off, to wish you a blissful visit to this place you so love. But if not, you’ll know I am thinking of you in your travels ahead, and wishing you, as always, the best.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi dear Jet…yes you have caught me. I leave in a couple of hours…and am looking forward so much to arriving at the School and seeing everyone there. I will post a blog when I get back and before i leave for the States on the 3rd….all very exciting. Thinking of you as spring brings new growth to your home and properly and the hummingbirds build new nests. Thank you – Jet. 🙂

      1. Jet Eliot

        Bon Voyage dear friend. I am assuming your trip to the States will be east coast this time. Whenever you visit the west, I would hope you would let me know and we hook up somehow. Until then — have a great time!

      2. janetweightreed10 Post author

        Returned from a wonderful time in Portugal…and am now preparing for departure to Boston on Thursday. yes, east coast this time, but west coast the next 🙂 Sending you hummingbird hugs. Janet 🙂

      3. Jet Eliot

        Thanks so much for the heads-up on your itinerary, Janet. Have a really wonderful trip to the US east coast. Thinking of you, have safe travels. 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you dear Shimon. Had a wonderful time in Portugal and a now preparing for departure to Boston on Thursday. I will be back here in June….when I plan to catch up with blogs….meanwhile sending you and Nechame hummingbird hugs. Janet 🙂 xx

  5. davidjrogersftw

    Hi Janet,
    It’s good to see that you’re back at beautiful Olhao where your creativity seems to flourish. I enjoy your sketches of that stairway and the fishing boat, and a photo of storks. Seeing the photo of the studio without anyone in it makes me think of how many studios you have entered and what joy it must be to do so, stepping into your right milieu where you may feel more at home than in any other place. I’ve had such feelings too and am so happy for you.
    Diana and I are sorry that our getting together with you while you’re here in the U.S. didn’t work out. We will be soon starting to plan next year’s visit to England, Ireland, and Wales.. So maybe then…
    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your trip

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning David. Back after a wonderful week in Portugal and now preparing for departure on the 3rd. I will look forward to seeing you and Diana somewhere on these Isles next year. Meanwhile happy June to you both . Janet 🙂


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