“As we constantly try to fill the ever widening holes within us with more and more frenetic activity and stuff, our frustration levels grow. Feeding ourselves through the creative process, in all its many forms, can produce almost miraculous changes, which lead to a sense of well being and fulfilment.” Janet Weight Reed from ‘The Apple Exercise’
Before we take a look at some of the group’s work, I want to thank three beautiful women who make it possible for all of us to have so much fun at the School in Olhao. http://www.artinthealgarve.com
I look forward to seeing them in person this October. We miss you so much…
Joanna, Margarida and Camilla –
People usually sign up for my workshops in order to loosen up, hone their observation skills and have some fun.
Based on my life long belief that the ‘creative process in all its many forms is the key to emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing’ there is no better time than the present to feed our naturally creative souls.
The work shown here is from those who have been following my virtual worksop. Some have attended previous workshops…others I am meeting for the first time.
THE PAINTINGS ARE NOT SHOWN IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER. ENJOY
LIZ GRANT – A still life inspired by the Olhao Market
LIZ GRANT – loose detail of the pineapple .
NAN – beautifully rendered trees
Fish from Olhao fish market.
WARREN – A loose watercolour of members of the group sketching in an Olhao town square.
JILL (1) A wonderfully expressive rendition of the courtyard olive tree.
PLEASE OPEN LINK TO SEE SOME OF DORA’S PAINTINGS
Before we look at more student work….here are some of my favourite tips
- WARM UP – using newspaper, envelopes wall paper lining, but warm up.
- Only use photographs as a JUMPING OFF POINT. Don’t become a slave to the photograph
- Observe everything from different points of view…..
- Sketch with brush using yellow ochre watercolour rather than pencil
- Always remember the NEGATIVE SPACE
- A clean wet brush with no paint – helps to avoid mud!
- Move colour around the picture to achieve balance and harmony.
- Everything reflects and everything is interconnected.
- Fifteen minutes a day practise can do wonders….
- ALWAYS carry a sketch book
- IGNORE those pesky little CHATTERING MONKEYS – that clutter your mind with negative nonsense
- Painting with children helps us to free us up.
WARREN – A great view of Olhao rooftops and the Lagoon beyond….
LIZ GRANT– Thank you Liz for this wonderful warm up on newspaper….I think this should be framed along with your peppers on newspaper:)
LIZ GRANT. – From a newspaper warm up to a more formal painting.
NAN – a wonderfully alive and loose warm up exercise…
NAN – Cala Lilies
NAN – Boat on Armona Island- very still and quiet
JILL (2) – a superb rendition of fish from the market. There’s something of KLINT in this image.
WARREN – a gentle watercolour from the old tidal Mill – expressing the quietness of the day.
WARREN – a classic Olhao subject….with lovely light, loose washes
MOIRA – Olhao Market – loose and energetic
DORA – Reflections a loose and lively warm up
DORA – Cala Lilies (1) – capturing the architectural quality of the flower.
DORA – Cala Lilies (2)
WARREN – One of the many areas to sit and paint at the School
MOIRA – olive tree in courtyard. – energetic brush work
DORA – water birds.
DORA – The tidal Mill – reflections – a sense of mystery?
MOIRA – Cala lilies…strong image
LIZ GRANT – From Olhao Market.
LIZ GRANT- an excellent loose detail taken from the previous image.
WARREN – Olhao boat
TESSA – Olhao Market
TESSA – tree reflections
Don’t compare your work to others….only to your own progress.
Making art is not about the end result….it is about the process and DOING IT.
Stay away from negativity….
DOODLE until you begin to relax and warm up……..
And please IGNORE those negative Chattering Monkeys….
And most importantly KEEP PAINTING:)
As I have done for many years, I will continue to post tips and tutorials on this blog.
Thank you – as always it’s been a lot of fun…
Oh and don’t forget to pick up these little gems at the Olhao fish market. I eat one every day.