Some of the work produced in Portugal

Many of the group were relatively new to watercolour….if not completely new.     It takes courage to let go, loosen up and simply do it.      Here are some of the results.   Remember along with these studies, most of them filled sketch  books.

In no particular order…..

dresses from the local market. 20180925_173536Jazz evening – and loosening up20181007_091808Peppers from the Saturday market integrated with hummingbirds. 42558807_10205093577817267_5743744410156269568_nBoats – Fuseta


Landscape20180925_173536-4Peppers from Saturday market. 20180925_173603-3Armona beach umbrellas20180925_173559Fishy business….


flowers from the market. 20180925_173634-5Woman with dog in Olhao 20180925_173546red onions from market20180925_173559-5jazz – sketching

20180925_173634-6From Armona looking towards Olhao42297450_10217472407830001_5950361310943248384_nThe Saturday market. 20180925_173634-3Pink umbrellas next to Art School

20180925_173651more jazz20181007_091627landscape20180925_173603-2warming up on newspaper


Fisherman’s huts – Fuseta



From this sampling it is fascinating to see how different everyone’s work is.

More work can be seen on the Art in the Algarve FB page…and as I receive more images I will post them.

My goal is that each person take with them one or two new techniques as well as a heightened awareness.

I was delighted to receive this image made by one of the Australian participants since they returned home.     Given that watercolour is a relatively new medium to Lynne, I am over the moon with the results and more importantly that she is motivated to paint.IMG_8768

The following is a list of tips and sayings I give to people as a reminder of what they have taken on board.

  1. It’s only paper and we are all going to die anyway!:)
  2. Warm up using  newspaper
  3. Warm up using envelopes. – cut up old paintings and send as cards.
  5. Use photographs only as a JUMPING OFF POINT.
  6. Look at everything from many different points of view.
  7. Sketch using Yellow Ochre
  8. Remember the Negative Space
  9. WET BRUSH NO PAINT – this helps to avoid mud
  10. Move colour around the picture
  11. Everything reflects upon everything else
  12. Fifteen minutes a day practise works
  13. It takes 28 days to establish a new habit
  14. Allow your brush to DANCE
  15. Always remember to PLAY
  16. Ignore the Chattering Monkeys when they say you can’t do something….
  17. Paint with children – we can learn so much from them.
  18. ENJOY

And hummingbird from two of the group……



My next blog will be about my second week in Portugal with artists Bonnie Halsey Dutton and Vicki Snaddon.

A Bientôt




43 thoughts on “Some of the work produced in Portugal

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much Bushka for taking the time to read and look at the images. I encourage everyone to observe everything around them….I will be around for the next few months and so plan to catch up with blogging, painting and so much more. Janet 🙂

  1. Writing to Freedom

    What a delightful collage of paintings Janet! I love the vibrant colors and sense of movement and joy. The landscapes and flowers were some of my favorites. Reading your tips for painting brings me a smile and reminds me of the time in my 30s when I took a painting class from a woman with a similar light-hearted approach to painting and teaching. She provided a safe and fun place to play at painting. I would love to take a class with you! 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I would love it if you took one of my classes in the future. You are right my approach is light hearted, but at the same time I like to think I do get some points across 🙂 Thank you again…janet.

  2. Vera Komnig

    Ahhh, it’s sooo good, to read you, my dear sister in art and what wonderful results you bring us here. fantastic! I love the boats, the fish and umbrellas and all colors. And your list of tips is fantastic!
    I myself also like to recommend to paint on a roll woodchip wallpaper. This takes away the fear of “spoiling” expensive material 😀
    Sending love and hugs ❤ ❤ ❤

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      My Dear Sister in Art….you and I are so much on the same page…I love it. It was a really good group of people – so much fun and at the same time enthusiastic to learn. What more could I wish for. I will now be in my studio working for the next few months…and so will catch up with my blogging and so much more. Thinking of you painting and also of your parents. Much love to you my dear friend. Janet xxx

  3. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Janet, it’s marvelous to see what creativity came from the school. It must be so fulfilling to teach those classes. The painting on newspaper was very cool and creative. I wouldn’t have thought of doing that. A lovely post. Hummingbird hugs!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Teagan…thank you so much for the comment and yes it is always fulfilling to see people blossom and grow in one short week. painting on newspaper is something I have suggested for many years. Not only can you get some very interesting effects, but all fear is removed from the painting process and so consequently on newspaper people do their best work…. Hummingbird hugs to you and Crystal. Janet 🙂

  4. ShimonZ

    Very interesting to read that it takes 28 days to establish a new habit. It’s been quite a while since I tried to establish a habit. And nowadays, I suppose I am more interested in getting rid of habits than I am in acquiring new ones. But reading this makes me wonder… I imagine that there is quite a bit of variation in the time length according to the character of the person in the new habit. Enjoyed these paintings very much… especially those of the jazz musicians.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      The person that painted the jazz players..really did well. She filled a sketch book and then suddenly burst into looseness during the jazz session which lasted for the rest of the week. She tells me that she will be sketching every day…… Yes, apparently it does take 28 days to form a habit…but as you say it probably does have something to do with the personality/character involved. We can only try 🙂

  5. davidjrogersftw

    Dear Janet, The more I see about that place and your groups the more I begin to wonder if some year I turned up there if I would like it and fit in. Oh, I’d fit in because I’m an affable person who fits in everywhere. But I have no talent in painting while the people in the groups and you have so much talent.. There is a studio here I could have access to and classes where I could begin with the basics, I suppose. I’ll think about it.

    I like your tips very much and find application to writers among them. Thank you for the post, and best wishes.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I think you would fit in very well. It’s so relaxed….and everyone works at their own pace…and each gives something to the group. Every now and then I get a complete beginner…and when they express their concern, I tell them that they will probably give more to the group than anyone else – and it is often the case. One young woman who came several years ago as a complete beginner has since completed studies at a very good English art college. Glad you like the tips….the first one definitely gets their attention 🙂 Best wishes to you. Janet

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you dear Dina….I stayed on another week which I will write about in next blog. All in all a superb trip with a really fun group of people. Thinking of you a log. Janet xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much for the re-blog. I am very pleased to say that I will be back in Portugal one month from now with a new group…..and so hopefully will have lots more to share with you and your lovely followers. Janet 🙂 x


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