So here we are the group of October 2019. I knew four of the group – however the rest were completely new to me, which is part of the joy of it all. I never know what delightful surprises will turn up…..
The group in front of a small section of a mural depicting the history of fishing in Olhao. We were a group of seventeen. Thirteen stayed in the School and four of us were billeted in ‘David’s house’ just two minutes away. (David, a man of vision, was the founder of the school.
Two of the group, Joe and Allan, were non painters however they both contributed greatly to the success of the week. A new expression has been coined….‘Everyone needs an Alan:)’
Of course, none of what we do at the School could be achieved without the beautiful Joanna, Margarita and Camilla…..Thank you so. much. After breakfast the day always begins with a demonstration….and then we paint until 1 p.m.ish when we have lunch, either at the School or at a local restaurant.
One of my demonstrations. watercolour The emphasis of the course is all about observation, imagination and of course loosening up. Use of sketch books is vital.
After lunch there is a two hour free period when people can continue painting, enjoy a siesta, sit by the water…or in a local bar and sketch…
At four we meet up for another demonstration and a sketching spree…..this time in some of the surrounding streets. Part of the goal was to take our sketch books back to the studio and make paintings from the sketches (these watercolours will be shown in next blog)…..Here we enjoyed a beautiful day at the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa. It was my first visit there, and I would definitely go back again. Having walked through beautiful pine trees, we were confronted with this lovely view of the old Mill. Needless to say we concentrated on reflections….Friday was spent on beautiful Armona Island – a fifteen minute boat ride away…when lots of sketching was done and another delicious lunch enjoyed at a Beach cafe. Giving a little demo on Armona Beach…..a lovely moment.
On Sunday before dinner we enjoyed live jazz and cocktails at the water front. My photograph doesn’t show it, but the sky was simply beautiful….full of pink and red…and the live music and general atmosphere wonderful. Moira and Dora enjoying the jazz……Enjoying a delicious tapas meal at ‘David’s Bar’. a fun evening.
And in another local restaurantAfter another day of sketching and painting I did a couple of portrait demonstrations.
This one is of dear Dora Keogh – a fellow tutor and artist. It is such a delight when she is part of the group. watercolour/gouacheMy view as I reclined on the chaise in the Pool House courtyard….for my daily siesta:). The healing nature of naps…..I love them. Quick watercolour/pen sketch taken from the Saturday market. Angela hanging around the ice cream shop……I was there to, but you can’t see me:)Saturday market sketch/demo – watercolour/gouacheBecause everyone produced so much good work, plus filled sketch books, I am putting the work of participants on a second blog……
The view from my bedroom door at David’s house……Early morning walk through Olhao when the town is still relatively quiet and cool. The lovely 150 year old olive tree that meanders from one of the internal courtyards up to the top level of the School.
I am already looking forward to April……..