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Art in the Algarve – watercolours and sketches

As I mentioned earlier, the purpose of this course was to work on watercolour technique and at the same time observational skills.   The watercolours shown in this post are a small sampling and they are in no particular order.

I would begin each session with demonstrations….in this case using flowers from the Market, I made rapid watercolour sketches on white paper and paper with a colour ground.

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The course is for all levels, including total beginners, which brings me to the first image which was painted by someone who had never been to a watercolour class before.

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One of the key elements of the course is to show people how to avoid the age old problem of muddiness in their watercolours.     One of our group who had worked in watercolour for quite some time had become very frustrated with this issue, and so I was delighted to see the work she produced…..with absolutely no mud!

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Although the emphasis of my workshops is to use watercolour in a spontaneous manner, sometimes it’s very helpful to make more detailed observational studies.

This watercolour of beans from the market, is just that – an observational exercise.

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Much emphasis throughout the week was all about the use of sketch books.    Here you can see the sketch made when visiting the Island of Culatra, and the beginnings of a watercolour painting from the sketch.

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A series of lily watercolours – exploring the use of negative space in an image.

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Taken from a small sketch.

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One of the group had a particular interest in trees and made many interesting studies.

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ImageThere was so much more work, but these images will give an idea of what was achieved.

One of the lasting memories I will have is painting in the courtyard later in the day when local pigeons would be let out.    The flapping of they wings would cause a beautiful dream like echo…..quite lovely.

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The pigeons seen from the roof of the school….flying free.

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I will now look forward to my course at the school next April….

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A Bientôt

   

 

 

Art in the Algarve – Olhao fish, fruit and vegetable market

By Saturday morning when we visited the Olhao fish, fruit and vegetable markets which are only a few minutes walk from the School, we had established a comfortable rhythm of work and play.  We woke to clouds, but as soon as the sun burned through at around 11.30 a.m. everything warmed up.

There are two permanent markets in Olhao side by side, one for fish and the other for fruit, vegetables, meats and baked goods.    On Saturdays  the market expands dramatically.   Set out on the marine walkway, it is vibrant, colourful and once again a feast for the eyes.

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Given that the market is full of bustling crowds, we decided that we would split up and then re group at 1 p.m. at David’s Bar, which is just across the road from the market.

When we arrived, still under misty conditions….the water had a tranquil quality to it….

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Amongst the fruit, vegetables, seeds, and many other goodies were so many beautiful flowers….and to my delight, Calla Lilies everywhere.    I have used Calla Lilies as symbolic imagery in my work for years.   I might add that they were 1.50 euro per bunch….at home these would probably cost 1.50 each!

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I loved the contrast of land harvests with sea harvests.   Here I spied one of our group sketching. Image

We had prepared  pages of our sketch books with colour grounds so that we could experiment a little.    One of the group did this quick sketch using pen and wash over a colour ground, capturing the vitality of a moment in time.

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In this instance the sketch was made on white paper….using pen and a little wash.

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Along with the colour of produce….

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There were two groups of musicians and dancers….which added more vibrancy and joy to the occasion.   By the time I took the pictures of the men, the sun was shining brightly, and there was a festive feeling about the place.

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As I meandered through, I would come across members of the group, sketching away…..

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At 1 p.m., with the sun shining brightly we all met at David’s bar where we enjoyed yet another delicious lunch.

Then back to the School, where we continued to paint using some of the lovely flowers bought at the Market for warming up.

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Later that day, we visited David’s home where we saw lots of interesting art work and enjoyed the views from his roof, and then onto another delightful meal….

Next week I will write about our day trip to the island of Culatra.

For now I wish everyone a beautiful weekend….

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A Bientôt

 

 

The path.

‘If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your own path.    Your own path you make with every step you take.’     Joseph Campbell. 

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When I was younger, I believed that if I took certain actions…made a phone call, wrote a letter, had a conversation,…that it would lead to what I expected. 

Then, when I was about forty, I heard these wise words. 

‘None of us is ever creative enough to know how life will actually work out…’

I began to understand that if I stopped worrying about the future and having concerns about the past, my pathway was freed up to unfurl in a more natural manner.    

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Experience showed me time and time again, that just as I thought I had my life organised, or the way I thought it should be….someone or some place would suddenly appear on the near horizon.    Choices, which beforehand had not even existed for me suddenly arose, pointing to possible new directions. 

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Before I understood the significance of this, I ignored a lot of the sign posts.     

Many common sayings encourage this mode of thinking –  ‘Better the Devil you know…….’   ‘Don’t rock the boat’ etc.

However when I realised how everything is interconnected, I began to take notice of new signs, and consequently began to follow my chosen path. 

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This is not always easy, and much courage is often required.     However, once the choice is made to be open to all the possibilities, the rewards  are great. 

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Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend. 

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A Bientôt