Packing my virtual suitcase for my virtual trip to Portugal on 15th April….plus thumb nail sketches….plus a pink super moon….

It’s time to pack my virtual suit case for my virtual trip to the School in Olhao Portugal on Wednesday 15th April. 

The 150 year old olive tree that grows from the central courtyards…..always a welcome sight. 


Along with a few clothes the most important things to remember are art materials, sun glasses, sun hat…..and always comfortable shoes/sandals.

The School is located in the middle of the old quarter of Olhao which means that you can walk everywhere and purchase anything that you may have forgotten.

Most people will bring a lovely clean palette and possibly smaller brushes, however these are some of the items I will bring.


The School is like a living organism…..embodying all the properties for life and is perfect for those who wish to create or simply be.        I am so looking forward to being there with you, even though on this occasion it will be a virtual meeting:)20191003_152334Anyone who has taken my courses knows that I emphasise the use of sketch books and the importance of carrying one at all times.

They are good for making ‘thumb nail sketches’ which are quick, abbreviated drawings – almost doodles and scribbles.    (Perfect during our time of isolation).    Any medium can be used and for that matter along with sketch books these can be made on envelopes, newspaper, or any other surface.

These little doodles hep us with composition for larger finished watercolours.     They are not about ‘getting it right’ they are about jotting down thoughts and ideas. 

Thumb nail sketches. 20200409_094950

A watercolour sketch of the beautiful Pink Super Moon that we enjoyed this week.    With London skies very clear it was indeed a sight to behold. 20200408_114556

Only six days to go before we all catch our virtual flights to Faro….See you there.


JWR tips and sayings – Some of them tongue in cheek:)

My VIRTUAL course begins here on Wednesday 15th April – finishing on Wednesday 22nd April       I will be mimicking my course at the School….should be fun.

Meanwhile, have a lovely Easter.

Janet 🙂









33 thoughts on “Packing my virtual suitcase for my virtual trip to Portugal on 15th April….plus thumb nail sketches….plus a pink super moon….

  1. gaiainaction

    I enjoyed very much going with you to Portugal and seeing where you usually have your art classes. I love Portugal myself and remember the light was amazing and the olive trees and wild flowers and scents were out of this world. Enjoy Janet.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      It will be on my blog and so you can pick it up anytime you like….even six months from now:). Make sure to take some very special time for yourself….even when you think you don’t have the time. Stay well. X

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you and how wonderful that you have been painting. Isn’t it amazing how it takes us away from all unnecessary thought and worries. Would love to see your birds. 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you very much JoAnna. It is a beautiful setting….and if you follow my blog from 15th til 22nd you will see and learn much more. Have a lovely Easter and thank you for your comment. 🙂

  2. Jet Eliot

    A true honor to go on this virtual visit with you, Janet. I find it fascinating to see the tools of your profession, and I always really love seeing your photos and paintings of the School in Olhao. The light and atmosphere, the old olive tree, the colors…a truly beautiful place to be. The Pink Super Moon watercolor is exquisite. Sending you my best wishes, dear friend.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Happy Easter to you and the family…human and fury:). Yes, it is glorious to see how Mother Nature is healing…During the early mornings I lay in bed listening to the cuckoo and many other birds….wonderful XXXX

  3. America On Coffee

    Thank you for all of your precursors to your virtual journey. You make art absolutely fun and beautiful! I love art and believe I have the potential of an artistic indifference. One of my strong points is working with materials; making something from that which is not artistically formatted. Cheers!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I am so pleased that you are enjoying this course. Thank you for the comment…pointing that we can be creative in so many ways. Not just the obvious brush and paper. Hope your day flows…..Janet:).

  4. Ka Malana -

    You always hold the flame 🔥 of inspiration for me! I love this virtual tour, traveling, 🧭 and can’t wait to visit Portugal one day after all this is ended and my daughter is also older. Thank you for this painting 🖼 tour! You brighten my day(s)!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much Ka….what a lovely comment..and yes I hope you come to Portugal one of these days when the world is somewhat sane again. Meanwhile stay well and keep your creative juices flowing:)X

  5. Ka Malana -

    Love love love that pink super moon and those little baby thumbnail sketches. Once I thought I was gonna be disciplined about starting a little mini sketch series in a tiny book, but I never was. I did maybe one or two. There’s always some other time…place: meanwhile I so enjoy your art!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Maybe keeping a sketch book at hand to doodle in…might get you started. Now that pollution levels are almost zero. gratis the virus…my view of the pink super moon was fantastic. Janet 🙂


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