Mostrando entradas de octubre, 2015

Watercolour holidays

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, ea