After the weekend I return to the School in Olhao, Portugal – hard to believe another year has past. http://www.artinthealgarve.com
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. I 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 – watercolourOne of the group sketching on Armona Island – 15 minute boat ride from the School. Quick sketch of fishing boats – watercolourThe studio From 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. Storks nesting top of one of the Olhao churches. Olhao part of the Ria Formosa National Park is a superb place for birders. Olhao is a working fishing town…. fish from the local marketsketching in the alley behind the School Playful hummingbirds to set the mood – watercolour.
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.