Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Back from Spain!

I arrived home from my fabulous painting workshop in Spain last night. It was an incredible experience.
There were 2 instructors- Rick McDiarmid and myself plus 12 participants. The place that we stayed is an old bakery and mill that has been turned into a B&B called El Molino. Mike and Hilary Powell from Flavour of Spain were our hosts. Flavour of Spain specializes in painting and cooking holidays in south of Spain. Mike was our chef and the food was the best I have ever tasted. Gourmet meals every night. We were definitely spoiled.

This is the front of El Molino. There were olive groves everywhere. This part of Spain produces a third of the world's olive oil.
What was nice about the area is that it is out in the country and is all locals. The scenery was amazing and the people were genuine and friendly.
We arrived on Sunday night, June 6, all of us eager to get started. So eager that we woke up early on Monday and wanted to paint.

Spanish Jug, poured watercolor, 11x14"

My first lesson was to show how to pour watercolor paint. We all sketched from life this beautiful Andulucian jug then transfered it to the paper. After masking (or saving) the whites, we began pouring our paint. In between pours while we waited for it to dry, everyone sketched out what they wanted to do next. The first 2 days were spent doing a couple of poured paintings. I will show the other one next time I blog.
If you want to read more about the trip, check back in a couple of days. I will continue to tell you all about it as the week goes on.
The Spanish Jug is for sale. If interested in purchasing, please go to my Etsy shop.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice to have you back! Can hardly wait to see the rest of your paintings. Diane

SUSAN RODEN said...

Very nice Leslie! Can feel the sun beating down and such rich shadows.

claire christinel said...

Welcome back Leslie! So excited to hear all about your trip and to see all those sun filled Spanish paintings!

JAlex said...

hi Leslie, Looks like you had a wonderful time in Spain. I'm sure you did a lot of painting, eating and drinking wine! I will check back to see more of your Spain paintings. You missed 2 dreary cold weeks here.. too bad... Jill

Leslie Redhead said...

It was hard to come back to clouds but the sun is out now! I have been invited back to Spain for 2012- I am counting the days until I can return!

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