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In here you will find a selection of Holidays where we have produced Holiday Blogs for 2016. You will see details of holiday destination reccy’s, holiday winners and exhibitions that we have attended. The information is in summary form below or you can click on the summary to see more details and images of holidays you’ve been on.
We ran three holidays back-
We ran three holidays back-
One of the waitresses in the tapas bar at Caldas took it upon herself to help me learn some very basic Portuguese so now I can read some of their menu in Portuguese and I told the guests they could only order what I could say in Portuguese!
There is such a tranquil atmosphere there and so much to paint and with the deciduous trees the chance to paint dappled sunlight and shade on white washed walls and Moorish architecture was amazing as you can see from these photos.
Right: One day on the first holiday some of the guests began painting a rustic looking fishing boat in the morning but whilst they were having their lunch and we were looking after their gear, the fisherman appeared, jumped in the boat and went off to sea to go fishing…I could do nothing, other than just take a photograph.
Another day at Praia Da Luz, a little puppy was running everywhere and didn’t notice the fact that one of guests had left their oil palette on the floor and he ended up with paint all over his paws.
Barry was so enthusiastic getting the group painting together and everyone had such a great time, that we thought he deserved a big glass of wine and here it is, it’s got nothing in it but it’s a big wine glass.
Why not have a look at Barry’s blog on his site to see more of his demos.
Left This demo of Barry’s was of Caldas at Night, which he did after the meal one evening. The paint was flowing, so was the wine and so were the silly jokes….I’m amazed how he managed to paint a picture as striking as this. Then another night we all got our whiskeys, brandies and medronho (fire water) and went to the lounge and Barry got his mandolin out and knocked out a few tunes…..I’m amazed any of us got up the following morning.
As you can see from these 3 photos at Camilo, we take health and safety of our guests very seriously. From Left to Right: All the guests painting beyond the danger signs, Barry pointing to a guest who has gone over the edge and lastly, the 2 remaining guests had the sense to paint from a safe point. It was worth the view and seriously, we made sure everyone was entirely safe.
Above: What a place to have lunch, with the painting spot just metres from the restaurant and look at the view.
Above: When we were at Alvor the tide was right out and the seagulls were having a great time feasting on whatever was available; crabs, mussels, school children. Mind you the tide came in whilst we were at lunch and one lady nearly lost her easel to the sea but Rob was guarding it for her, such was his dedication but we said, it didn’t work for King Kanute, it’s not gonna work for you!
Rob’s group had a go at all mediums. We had people painting in fast drying oils, acrylics, watercolour and even one lady painted in gouache. As you can see here a couple of the group are soaking up the fantastic views and the rays, while Rob is giving some tips on how to paint the rocks…or at least that’s what he told me he was doing.
Left: Rob is so dedicated to his job and has such a desire to teach anyone and anything to paint, he can get a little carried away sometimes as he can be seen here giving some painting tuition to a scooter, which seems to be smiling and has a bit of a surprised look on it’s face.
Right: It was one of the guests (and a good friend of ours) birthday on the last night, so the hotel organised a birthday cake for her and the whole restaurant sang happy birthday to her including about 50 Israeli’s. This was the perfect end to a great holiday where everyone had such a good time.
Rob spent some time in the studio with the group teaching them different tips and techniques in oils, watercolour and acrylics. When out on location he went around all the group giving plenty of tuition but his words when people went off to paint “I will find you”, worried us all a little when he had “taken” a long time. Actually, when we were at Lagos Marina, I had a go at painting as Gill looked after the group and I thoroughly enjoyed myself painting in oils and enjoyed it so much both Gill and I went to a workshop with Rob when we returned to the UK as he was tutoring water mixable oils in our neck of the woods. It was a great day out, thanks Rob for all your tips and thanks to Frome Valley Art Group for letting us join them.
For us this was an exciting set of holidays which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had so much fun, worked hard, had a few challenges but really enjoyed the new hotel and how well they looked after us and enjoyed meeting so many lovely people.