We sit in the heart of the vast landscape of Extremadura, which belies the pre-conceived ideas of those who have yet to experience it by its diversity and dynamism. Although well-known as a top destination for lovers of nature and for those seeking an authenicity of rural Spain, it is still hardly known as a place for painters... but this may be about to change.
Early autumn in Extremadura is an ideal time for landascape painting. The dramatic tones and contrasts of the dry ground vegetation against the dark evergreen trees of the dehesas remain from summer, yet the temperatures are gentle enough to sit outside throughout the day. The promise of autumnal rain brings sometimes dramatic skies. Careful observation reveals a dynamism as well, with the emergence of life as manifest by the appearance of the tiny shoots of new grass. This brings subtle and interesting tonal change to the landscape as well.
This year we have hosted our first two landscape watercolour holidays, each five days…
EL MONASTERIO DE GUADALUPE ES UNO DE LOS BELLOS LUGARES A VISITAR EN EXTREMADURA, SE ENCUENTRA A 60 KM DEL RECUERDO.
Declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad, El Monasterio de Guadalupe fue construido en 1340 por el rey Alfonso XI tras vencer a los árabes en la Batalla de Salado.
Mezcla de estilos gótico, mudéjar, renacentista, barroco y neoclásico, de los siglos XIII al XVIII.
The monastery is an outstanding repository of four centuries of Spanish religious architecture. It symbolizes two significant events in world history that occurred in 1492: the Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula by the Catholic Kings and Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Its famous statue of the Virgin became a powerful symbol of the Christianization of much of the New World.