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Art Newsletter November 1st, 2019

 

 

 Flowering for the third time this year in our garden

 

Datura is a genus of nine species of poisonous Vespertine flowering plants belonging to the family Solanaceae. They are commonly known as daturas, but also known as devil’s trumpets. Other English common names include moonflower, jimsonweed, devil’s weed, hell’s bells and thorn-apple.

What comes next?

 

We cannot guarantee to make you the artist of your dreams but we can say that you will have a lot of fun on the journey.

Our list of painting workshops and art tutors for 2020 is now complete and we look forward to seeing you here with us.

 

Choose between watercolours, brusho, pastels, oils and acrylics.

Tutors from the UK, the USA, Spain, Russia, Albania and Japan.

Who goes on painting holidays?

Over the last ten years or so of running our painting holidays we have, as you can imagine, met a lot of people, from many countries, cultures and walks of life.

Has the archetype participant altered over the years?
Yes, I believe it has.

Our original weeks of tutored painting holidays were comprised predominantly of single ladies, travelling alone, whose average age was probably in the high sixties.
(We do not keep records on this, just as a memory in passing, as it were.)

Over the last couple of years there has been a slight but noticeable change.
Maybe it is because our venue has become better known worldwide now and we are attracting more people from parts of other continents Asia, the USA and Australia/New Zealand, who do not, as a general rule travel alone, although some do.

The average age also seems to be getting lower.

No!……. I know what you are thinking…….. “Harold it is you getting older”.

It is true that I was, more often than not, the youngest person here, but we are having more people here, under, say, fifty than previously.

Even I am not ageing that quickly.
This isn’t to say that we do not still have those over seventies, because we do, and what wonderful life stories they can tell.

We have also noticed an increase in the number of male artists joining us recently. It always struck me as rather strange that while most of the tutors were male, nearly all the participants were female.

We have had some workshops this year where the ratio was 50/50 or 60/40, still in favour of the ladies, but there is a definite change. Whatever is the reason, if there is one, for the change, I hope it continues.

We love the diversity of nationalities and cultures, it all makes for interesting mealtime conversation.

Just as a matter of interest, looking back over this last year I see that we had people visiting us from many, many countries, for instance;

 Spain, France, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Norway, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Albania, Morocco, Canada, The USA, Columbia, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Russia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Quite a list, isn’t it?
With ages ranging from in their 20’s to 80+, yes I kid you not.

Fantastic!!!

Those of you who regularly attend painting holidays

elsewhere either at home or abroad, have you noticed

any changes in the places you go, or is it just happening

here?

I really would love to know.

Painting workshops and art tutors at Dalvaro art 2020

Keiko Tanabe

Watercolors
May 16th 2020

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early saver discount
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Pablo García Ávila

watercolours
June 28th 2020

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deposit 175 €uros per person

Manolo Jiminez Sanches

watercolors
August 16th 2020

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early saver discount
deposit 175 €uros per person

Joanne Boon Thomas

watercolors & brusho
August 27th, 2020

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deposit 175€uros per person

Les Darlow

Pastels
September 6th 2020

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early saver discount
deposit 175 €uros per person.

Michal Jasiewicz

watercolours
September 27th, 2020

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deposit 175 €uros per person

Konstantin Sterkhov

watercolors
October 7th 2020

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early saver discount
deposit 175 €uros per person

David Bellamy

watercolours
October 21st, 2020

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deposit 175€uros per person

Art Newsletter October 1st, 2019

 

 

 

 

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What am I going to do now?

 

We cannot guarantee to make you the artist of your dreams but we can say that you will have a lot of fun on the journey.

Our full list of painting workshops and art tutors for 2020 is now complete and we look forward to seeing you here with us.

 

Choose between watercolors, brusho, pastels, oils and acrylics.

Tutors from the UK, the USA, Spain, Russia, Albania and Japan.

 

As another season draws to a close, it doesn’t seem so long ago that we were preparing for our first workshop of 2019. I suppose the dominant feature of this year has been, surprisingly enough, the weather.

Usually when we are asked “what’s the weather like there?” the answer is “lovely, it’s hot, sunny and dry”.

This year, however, the answers have been various.

 

The beginning of the year was dry but a few degrees cooler than usual, then we had a week or so of rainy days, followed by some hot normal days which soon turned cooler again.

Mid-summer was not so much hotter than usual, as was reported for other parts of Europe, but it continued on and on, getting gradually hotter and hotter.

Our own micro-climate, at Las Orquideas, seems to control the weather here at a more stable level.

 

 

 

Then, of course, we had the much-publicized storms, which caused so much flooding in the surrounding area. 400 litres (about 15 inches) in 24 hours was reported just a few kilometres away.

Living on top of a hill does have its advantages, apart from the vegetable garden being flattened we had no damage at all.

 

 

 

The video shows the effect of the rains which fell a few hours earlier in the surrounding mountains of the Valle d’Albaida.

This was in Manuel just a few minute’s drive from Benigánim. Those of you who have been here before may have noticed this, as a small stream, as at the beginning of the video, on the way to Xativa castle.

The video is about six minutes long and it is not until about two minutes after the start that you notice the increase in floodwaters towards the top-centre of the picture.

I have often wondered why such small streams have such wide river channels, which are mostly dry and unused.

This answeres my query, even if it does only happen once every few years.

 

So on with planning for next year. We have a combination of tutors bringing their own groups of students and workshops which we are organizing as usual.

We have different offers for next year, particularly for early bookings, from making a single payment and saving 200 €uros, a deposit payment of 175 €uros instead of 300 €uros, saving 125 €uros and a final payment 3 months before the painting course start date. There is, of course, the usual extra discount for returning students.

Please visit our shop for all prices on single painter in private en-suite room, 2 painters sharing and painter + non-painter options.