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Holiday Blogs 2018

In here you will find a selection of Holidays where we have produced Holiday Blogs for 2017. 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.

#April_JFCornwall

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We had great weather on this holiday, plenty of sunshine, if not a little fresh. There was some wind so we had to work out the places surfers didn’t want to go so went there as this meant we would be protected from the wind. We discovered that it could feel like summer one side of a wall/hedge and winter on the windy side. As you can see…….

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#May_PWLakes

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May - Paul Weaver - Paint “Lakes, Mountains & Rivers” in the Lakes District

Paul Weaver did another fantastic job tutoring for us in the Lake District in May. Here he is demonstrating at Elterwater in glorious sunshine. His demonstration was so interesting, it caught the gaze of a couple of locals……

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#May_SHCornwall

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May - Steve Hall - Paint North Cornwall Harbours & Rugged Coast

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April - Jeremy Ford - Paint North Cornwall Harbours & Rugged Coast

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April - Jeremy Ford - Paint North Cornwall Harbours & Rugged Coast

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This was the start of the long hot summer and everyone had a great time in Cornwall with Steve. It was his first time painting in Cornwall and he was amazed by the breathtaking scenery and the waves….

We had great weather on this holiday, plenty of sunshine, if not a little fresh. There was some wind so we had to work out the places surfers didn’t want to go so went there as this meant we would be protected from the wind.

We discovered that it could feel like summer one side of a wall/hedge and winter on the windy side. As you can see here it was a cracking day when we went to Trevone.

When we were at Trevone a psychedelic van  pulled up alongside us and a bloke got out and I thought I recognise that geezer..it was Tony from Patchings. Later that day Jeremy was at the top of the cliff and Tony was at the bottom of the cliff and Jeremy tipped his dirty paint water over the cliff…Tony knew what he was up to and shouted up but it wasn’t anywhere near.

Below: As you can see, this painting lark is hard work. This guest needed a rest after he had finished his picture.

Right: At Alpha we always try our hardest to ensure our guests have a great painting experience so when one of our guests wanted to change the composition we moved heaven and earth, well just the earth to improve the picture to their liking!

May - Paul Weaver - Paint “Lakes, Mountains & Rivers” in the Lakes District

Paul Weaver did another fantastic job tutoring for us in the Lake District in May. Here he is demonstrating at Elterwater in glorious sunshine. His demonstration was so interesting, it caught the gaze of a couple of locals (Below).

Above: Paul can be seen above giving some 1-to-1 tuition

Above: This is the view from my room…what a cracking view!

Above: Boats, Planes & Scaffolding!

The hazards of painting on location…

but we found a decent composition (Above)


Whilst at Rydall Hall, I bumped into a guest that came on one of our holidays in Portugal last year….what a small world!

June - Kevin Scully - Paint The Amazing Light & Colour of The Western Algarve

Kevin tutored for us in Portugal in June and the weather could have been better, which was a surprise…it was better in Scotland that week but we still managed to get out and get some paintings done.

Left: You can see Kevin giving one of our regulars some tuition at Alvor and (Right) you can see a lovely little scene in one of the back streets at Alvor too, behind the restaurant we use.

Below: Our first trip to Sitio-Das-Fontes, a nearby nature reserve went down very well as guests loved the painting potential here.

Left: One of our guests attracted quite a crowd at Praia Da Luz.

Right: When we booked this holiday we were told that there would be a wedding one day and worked with the hotel to ensure we weren’t in the way of the wedding party nor were our guests affected. In some spare time we thought we would have a look at what a traditional Portuguese Wedding party would look like, only to find out it was a couple from Essex!

May - Steve Hall - Paint North Cornwall Harbours & Rugged Coast

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This was the start of the long hot summer and everyone had a great time in Cornwall with Steve. It was his first time painting in Cornwall and he was amazed by the breathtaking scenery and the waves….I must confess, I disappeared a few time to take a few pictures of waves (ok, a few hundred or even a few thousand).

It was a special wedding anniversary for Steve & Pat while he was with us and we all did something special for them.

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Left: A couple from the US set up on the beach to get closer to the action.

We are attracting people from across the globe, obviously word is getting out about what we do.

June - Barry Herniman - Paint North Cornwall Harbours & Rugged Coast

On this holiday, nearly every day started out misty but we had faith in the forecast and by the time we arrived at the painting locations or at least by coffee time, the sun came out and it was hot.

It was such a glorious day here at Trevone (Left & Right) with such a choice of painting subjects.

Although we had to share the car park with a German Film Crew (Below).


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The waves were crashing again and we were all amazed at the sheer power and beauty of it all. Truly a spiritual experience. Sometimes you can capture creation through art and photography but sometimes you have to just stand in awe of it…that was one of those moments.


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#June_KSPortugal

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June - Kevin Scully - Paint the Amazing Light & Colour of The Western Algarve

#June_KSPortugal

Kevin tutored for us in Portugal in June and the weather could have been better, which was a surprise…it was better in Scotland that week but we still managed to get out and get some paintings done. You can see Kevin giving one of our regulars some tuition at Alvor and you can see a lovely little scene in one of the back streets at Alvor too, behind…..

#June_BHCornwall

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June - Barry Herniman - Paint North Cornwall Harbours & Rugged Coast

#June_BHCornwall

On this holiday, nearly every day started out misty but we had faith in the forecast and by the time we arrived at the painting locations or at least by coffee time, the sun came out and it was hot. It was such a glorious day here at Trevone with such a choice of painting subjects.  Although we had to share the car park with a German Film Crew….