Friday, June 25, 2010

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Hail Noble Fruit! and Ronda

I was told it never rains in the south of Spain in June. However, weather patterns have changed everywhere.
It did rain in June and the grapes plumped up quite a bit while we were there. Even though we painted outside, we were sheltered from the rain. Instead of painting in the olive groves, we were able to paint the grapevines hanging all around us. I demonstrated this painting by first pouring paint, then blowing it and doing a bit of finger painting. When it dried, I used the impressions the paint left behind to create grapes and leaves with some negative painting.

It is available for purchase through my Etsy shop.

Now I need to post some photos from our awesome excursion into the village of Ronda which was first settled by the Celts in the 6th century BC. It is built around a beautiful canyon with a Roman bridge spanning the canyon and connecting the old city with the new. Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles were both inspired by Ronda and wrote about the city and its unfortunate history (Spanish Civil War) as well as its traditions in bull fighting.

El Tajo Canyon

Roman Bridge. It was a prison at one time.

View of the valley from the bridge.

The older village of Ronda.


meera said...

Beautiful painting! and I want to come see and paint there :)

Leslie Redhead said...

It was an amazing trip. So many reference photos to paint from. . .
I am good for a couple of years now.

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