Monday 28 November 2016

Successful painting week in Spain with Dalvaro

Vicky enjoying her pastel painting at Xativa Castle near Valencia - a great painting with stunning views all around. Such a great place to paint!

My first art holiday with 'Dalvaro Art' in Spain (but not the last) I can safely say this - 
it is a place like no other, very unique with a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and a very exciting and inspirational place to paint...for all of us!

Early evening November moon at "Las Orquideas" - I see one of my own paintings in the making inspired by this!

'Angel Trumpet' flowers in the gardens at "Las Orquideas" - beautiful and a real hit with everyone. 

The beautiful sun filled gardens at villa "Las Orquideas" with Dalvaro Art

The dining and breakfast area at villa "Las Orquideas" with Dalvaro Art - it was so sunny in November we had to part pull the blinds down!

The flexibility and easy going relaxed ambience nurtured at Dalvaro had everyone quickly settled in and looking forward to some great painting experiences at inspirational settings. With a great art group who created superb work each and every day with me it was fabulous!

Early evening at "Las Orquideas" - superb inspirational views which we all painted

Morning mists and sunrise. A great start to each day at "Las Orquideas" - every day is exciting, inspirational and different at Dalvaro Art

Everyone got so much out of the art holiday trying new things, new subjects and new media. It was a real thrill to teach a great group with an open mind plenty of techniques and do some great work too for everyone - such is Dalvaro Art!
Jane's wonderful painting of the view from the terrace at "Las Orquideas" painted with pastel on the amazing Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' pastel paper - our favourite pastel paper!

The terrace garden at "Las Orquideas" - amazing views towards the distant mountains overlooking the beautiful mature planting with exotic plants...and the tennis court of course!

Marion's wonderful pastel painting of the terrace gardens and tennis court and those beautiful distant mountains. First time with pastels for Marion and what a great painting this is on Canson Mi-Tientes 'touch' pastel paper (black' this time from a choice of 10 colours). Great result Marion!

Here are just some more of the wonderful paintings everyone created, places we went too and all between the amazing banquets Loli created for us at meal times breakfast, noon and night in great company which was further enjoyed by all.

Jane's lovely mixed media black and white painting of the view through the local olives to the monastery
 Convento franciscano de Benig├ínim near "Las Orquideas" - such a great painting day for everyone and back in time for a lovely Sunday lunch too lovingly prepared by Loli and expert catering staff - we were all so spoilt!

The beautiful ripe olives that were just falling of the trees all around us as we painted in lovely warm sunshine - fantastic!

Another great painting location  facing El Aventador (the mountain) towering above the olive groves at Moli Guardner just 30 minutes from "Las Orquideas"  - fabulous paintings again created that morning. Such an inspirational setting to paint again using mixed media on Canson Moulin du roy 300gsm (140lb) 100% rag content watercolour paper. Those who chose to come and paint that morning just loved it!

The wonderful inspirational river and mountain view at Moli Guardner - a perfect setting for a relaxed mornings painting
Xativa Castle approach. Such a wonderful and exciting place to paint!

Inside Xativa Castle  - there is a painting view everywhere!
Further inside Xativa Castle - what a magnificent place

Everyone enjoying their pastel painting day at Xativa Castle - great work ladies!

Jane's lovely pastel painting of Xativa Castle ramparts in full sun. A great composition and lovely colours using pastels on Canson Mi-Tientes 'Touch' pastel paper (black)  - good choice to allow those colours to really stand out!

Jane having a great time pastel painting at Xativa Castle 
A quick photo ref for Jane as a reminder of my demo painting to take home. Drawing as well as painting with pastels is important, especially in the early stages to map everything out

AT the top of Xativa Castle 

Another great pastel painting of Xativa Castle - love the portrait choice. Canson Mi-Tientes 'Touch' pastel paper again being the preferred choice

View over the beautiful and green pastoral landscape of Spain from Xativa Castle. See the mountain in the middle distance? That is El Aventador - one of our other chosen painting locations during this great art week together

Here's the feedback from everyone:
"I've learnt many new techniques on this course - thank you."

"Particularly enjoyed the pastels."
Sue Kemp

"I have gained experience using mixed media which was new to me under expert tuition. I have enjoyed the demonstrations and guidance given. Day 1 was a little daunting but I soon relaxed into the week. Many thanks."
Marion Edwards

"I have enjoyed the course and found the information very helpful - especially the techniques using pastels".
Hillary Betts

"The information given in the course was excellent! I seel I will be going home very keen to experiment far more. You have given me confidence in my abilities."

"Many thanks Robert for the time, patience and guidance. I wish you well with all that you undertake."

"Thank you so much Robert. You have helped me and made me feel quite good about my painting."

A place in the sun  at the villa. The lovely terrace garden at "Las Orquideas" with beautiful views towards the distant mountains.

With fabulous work created by everyone, top class tuition, everything laid on in the fully equipped studio it's fab to know that I too 'more than made my mark' so to speak with a lasting impression helping everyone Ito improve their work in lots of different directions.

It was sad to go and wave good bye to everyone and the four friendly dogs which are lovely to be with too! 

The lucky students had another day at Dalvaro to further relax and enjoy themselves at the end of the course and soak up the last of the lovely Spanish sun before heading home.

I'll be back next year for sure with a new teaching program for everyone. Next year's art holiday is going to be really great as well! I'm look forward to teaching at Dalvaro Art in 2017 already and sharing some quality time again with Harold and Loli and a new group of students again for more painting adventures in Valencia.

For further details about painting in Spain with me with Davlaro in 2017 visit

See you all then.


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