Day 34-37: Nihao Olhao

After Lucca I flew to Southern Portugal via Paris. It was still light enough to decipher the Arc de Triomphe and the radiating street pattern of the Champs Elysee before landing. Over the next week, I’m parked in Olhao, Portugal for an art class, where we will be visiting markets in the nearby fishing village to sketch and paint.

The town is small enough so you can’t get lost despite crooked alleyways, and people are apt to smile back. Plenty of fresh seafood and fish keep the diet and everyone healthy.

We are working in watercolor sketches and pastels. This inspiring art school holds space for 12 students with private rooms, numerous gathering spaces, courtyards, an art studio and two pools.

A friend offered to lend me her ample stock of beautiful pastels, so it was hard to resist trying a new medium. The first set of sketches below are drawn in Olhao and at Alcona Island, and the slide show below that are sketches followed by pastels.

10 thoughts on “Day 34-37: Nihao Olhao”

  1. I love the watercolors with the pastels following. Interesting to see how the medium changes the feel of the subject.
    Hey! That was supposed to be the trip I was going on 😢. The place and scenery look wonderful. Actually I’m glad I decided to wait til I did some drawing and painting. I started doing some drawing exercises with the book Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain. Maybe I can do Portugal another year. I’m inspired.
    Karen

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    1. Pastels are messy and hard to manage but I am determined to learn what makes artists use this medium! You will love Portugal and drawing in this environment. Arts in the Algarve is very unique and a special tribute to artists and art-making, so I highly recommend it!

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  2. Love your drawings. Thanks

    On Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 11:14 AM Travels with Myself and Others wrote:

    > VickieVictoria posted: ” After Lucca I flew to Southern Portugal via > Paris. It was still light enough to decipher the Arc de Triomphe and the > radiating street pattern of the Champs Elysee before landing. Over the next > week, I’m parked in Olhao, Portugal for an art class, where” >

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    1. It’s a delight to hear from you Rick!! Thanks for encouraging me, it’s a whole different way of looking at life! I love learning how to do it and hope you will consider doing this some time!

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