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leaving a legacy…..

I will be going to Portugal on Wednesday to the  school in Olhao – http://www.artinthealgarve.com.       It will be a bitter/sweet visit as David Clark, founder of the school recently passed on.

A wonderful character and man of vision, David has left a very special legacy.

When I was with him in June, we had much time to talk….One of the things that David mentioned was his desire to leave the school as a legacy for his family and artists.

Light and shade on steps at David’s house


Having tutored in different venues around the world, I would say that the school in Olhao is one of the best I have encountered.

David took two old buildings in the heart of Olhoa and performed his magic.      I am quite sure that the hummingbirds must have been with him all along:)

Light and shade


It occurred to me as I re-visited these June photographs, that life is full of light and shade, and that my personal experience shows that those who look towards the light and what is possible, seem to leave a trail of positive energy.

This has clearly been the case with David and his work at the school in Alhao.

Light on the steps….


Along with the beautifully planned physical set up of the School.    David put together a superb team – headed by his daughter Camilla, and wonderful Margarida, whose energy seems to be boundless.     Together, they will continue to oversee and grow the School.

Light and shade on a very hot day.


For the next two days, I will re-blog some of my earlier posts about the school    http://www.artinthealgarve.com

Meanwhile, a hummingbird for David.


A Bientôt

Following the movement of light

It’s always lovely to see daffodils after a long winter:)

I took these photographs, using my digital camera last year.    They show the movement of light on a windowsill in my flat.

Frame 1


Frame 2.

I didn’t start using a camera until eight years ago, and although I prefer to paint from life, I have found the digital camera to be a superb tool.


Frame 3

It allows me to capture the movement of light and shadow, however it is not a replacement for a sketchbook……it’s an added tool.


Frame 4

photographs, especially your own,  are excellent to use as jumping off points for paintings.


Have a lovely day, and remember to look at the http://www.artinthealgarve.com website.     There are still places available for the April watercolour workshop,  suitable for all levels including total beginners.

A Bientot