I returned from Spain on Monday after a fun, exciting, hectic first art holiday to Casa Rosa in Andalucia.
Rosie and I loved it. I hope those of you that joined us there enjoyed it as much as we did. The next trip is planned for March 2019 and another in the autumn. There will be more information about that very soon.
Below are some of the highlights…though there doesn’t seem to be enough pictures of the food which was spectacular. Thank you all who came along; I look forward to catching up soon.
The morning light catches the brow of the hill across the valley from Casa Rosa
Lemons from the garden
Olives and a cut lime on a Casa Rosa cushion
Evening light as we drove down the hill to Casa Rosa
Marie V and Salvador who fed us on fresh vegetables from their garden and these dangerous little doughnuts
Pomegranates are in season
Trying to capture the landscape as the sun goes down
Complementary colours in the garden
Orange and blue still life
An artist working on purple and yellow
A morning session
Octopus at Malaga market
‘ere today, gone tomorrow
Trying to capture Casa Rosa
Not strictly ‘Strictly’, but a flamenco dancing model
A glimpse of the irresistible wiggly road
Complementary colours in a bowl
The occasional deluge brought the river to life
Datura seen on a walk through a local village
Looking back across the valley towards Casa Rosa as we said goodbye until next time
If you want to here more about future holidays please contact Kate. I look forward to hearing from you.
Cass Art shops are full of helpful, experienced artists who can guide you towards delicious bits and pieces of equipment. When it comes to packing for a holiday what do you take with you? Clearly you can not take everything. Below is part of the CASS Art Blog. For more go to their website.
I thought the bit about being Airport Savvy was particularly useful.
HOW TO PAINT ON THE GO: OUR TRAVEL TIPS & TECHNIQUES
‘Windmill’ by Kim Whitby, Semi-Finalist of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016
Packing light is every artist’s nightmare. Whether you’re painting in plein air or planning an urban sketching tour, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to narrowing down the essentials for a trip. With your studio host to hundreds of materials at your fingertips, where do you begin? We asked our staff artists about their must have materials and their top tips and techniques for taking your practice on the go.
LIMIT YOUR PALETTE
Reducing your palette is first trick to travelling light. A core range of colours can be used to create a spectrum of different shades. Try limiting your choice of palette to six essential pigments, such Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow, Terre Verde or Sap Green, Ultramarine and Titanium White. Using an artist quality paint loaded with pigment will ensure the colours don’t muddy, and your hand-mixed shades will remain bold and rich in colour.
Whether you’re painting or drawing on the move, most brands offer sets tailored to plein air, landscape or portraiture themes, helping you limit your colours to just the essentials. Michael Harding Plein Air Set offers a selection perfect for outdoor painters whilst the Sennelier Landscape Set offers oil pastel artists a selection of earthy pigments.
There is nothing worse than having hundreds of pounds worth of art materials confiscated at the airport security desks. Explore our top tips for taking your materials abroad and make security a stress free experience.
1) If you’re travelling hand luggage only at the airport, remember that all liquids in your hand luggage must be below 100ml and in a clear, zip lock bag. This includes all toiletries, creams and gels and is limited to a maximum of 15 items per person. Tubes of paint, inks, mediums and gels all count towards this restriction.
2) If you’re planning a big painting trip, artist paints are permitted, providing they are not lead based. To be on the safe side, check a bag into the hold to avoid disappointment when travelling through security.
3) Be mindful of the materials you are packing. Hazardous or flammable liquids are not allowed, so leave your brush cleaners and turps at home.
4) It may not seem like a dangerous item, but some materials can fall under the sharps and tools category. Ensure all lino cutting tools, palette knives, scalpels and scissors are all checked into your hold luggage to ensure they aren’t disposed of at security.
OUR STAFF ARTIST’S ADVICE
“I was in Bologna and kicked myself for not taking the Rembrandt Retractable Brushes!” says Heather from Soho. “Small and affordable, they were perfect for painting on the go – especially if you prefer to paint with a natural hair rather than the synthetic brushes.”
“This year I am going to South Italy and Israel. For both destinations I need to take a flight so lightweight and portable art materials are my thing.” says Aurora in Soho. “For the past two years I have been travelling with a standard size watercolour set and I have always noticed how much heavier my overall luggage is because of my full size equipment. This year, I bought the Cass Art Watercolour Quarter Pan Set with sketchbook bundle, and I am absolutely amazed at the quality of the paint!
The quality choice of pigments such as Cadmiums, Cobalt, Viridian and Quinacridone and the little brush make it a must have for me. I can already feel the bliss of being with my friend by the River Jordan, holding my slim watercolour set under the sun.”
Winsor & Newton offer a diverse range of watercolour markers and watercolour sticks as a great alternative for taking artist quality pigments on the go. Plus, these will not register as liquids when passing through airport security, so are perfect addition for those trips abroad.
Derwent Pencil Wrap
Pen wraps make organising your essential materials a simple process, whilst saving space in your bag. The elastic tags expand to fit an array of different materials, from brushes and pens to pastels and charcoal. The range of different compartments lets you take the vital parts of your studio away with you, whilst keeping your colours separate. As the wrap tightly holds your materials, it also reduces the risk of breakage in transport.
Painting in plein air can be a challenge, especially when the comforts of your studio are left behind. The Jullian Sketch Box Travel Easel is light and easily dismantled, with a free carry bag to make transporting from A to B a smoother ride. The Jakar Easel with Telescopic Legs lets you adjust your easel to suit your surroundings. Whether you’re on rocky moors or a sandy hilltop, this easel can adjust to suit any situation.
Water brush pens are perfect for on the go watercolour and ink work. Fill up the handle with a small amount of water and apply directly to your palette or drawing. No more balancing pots of water. You can create washes by gently squeezing more water through the brush.
TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLING LIGHT
Try soaking a small cloth with some turps and sealing it in a zip lock bag to clean your brushes on the go. This will remove the majority of the paint until you get home, saving your brushes from being ruined by dried paint.
Consider taking preparatory sketches and drawings to revisit when you return home.
Ask yourself, do I really need it? Can this be worked in more detail when I get home? Chances are the essentials will be enough to help you capture your scenes on the go.
Winner Richard Allen on set of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016
PREPARE WITH ARTIST TIPS
“My tip is to pack all three basic colours and then maybe three more that you really like, which should be enough to start with (especially since it also means they can be mixed).”
Artist, illustrator and designer Felix Scheinberger challenges you to take your watercolours on-the-go and refresh your approach to capturing urban scenes. ‘Urban Watercolour Sketching’ offers tips and techniques to help you capture the moments around you with colour confidence. Find out more about Felix’s approach to watercolour in our exclusive interview: Storytelling in Colour: with Felix Scheinberger.
“I have a very tiny box of half pan watercolour paints which I use for everything – even quite large works, and I keep the same colours in my watercolour and oil selection which is very tight – two blues, two reds, two yellows, golden ochre, burnt umber and cadmium orange.”
Kim Whitby, Semi-Finalist of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 uses her Moleskine sketchbooks to capture on-the-go watercolours, before bringing them back to the studio to experiment with scale. Explore more about her practice and how she prepared for painting on-set outside for LAOTY in her exclusive interview.
“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.” Sunday Times
Sunday 7th- Saturday 13th October, 2018
In early October join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week offers you the opportunity to explore and paint the unspoilt landscape, hills and orchards of Andalucía, farming villages, and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga.
Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa, (do look at the Casa Rosa’s fabulous website) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.
Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses on the Greek Island Zakynthos.
Having studied ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art, Kate has since expressed her ideas through a range of media in painting, drawing, printing, wood turning and teaching, always using her imagination and expressing those ideas figuratively or semi abstractly.
Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.
Despite the energy, strength and colour of Kate’s artistic style, she is not interested in inculcating a house style, but in encouraging students to find their own voice and helping them to develop the necessary skills to explore it.
She has exhibited at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, Fisherton Mill, and various other exhibition spaces.
Locally Sourced Food and Wine
The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together.
Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and produces olive oil used for your meals. Early October will see pomegranates ripening in the orchards.
Local wine will be available plus copious amounts of tea, coffee and other soft drinks, and local produce will be used for delicious meals with a Spanish slant (see jamon iberico below, waiting to be chosen for tapas in the evenings).
Rosie is a talented chef. She is the daughter of a diplomat and spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. Rosie will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give her good warning before you arrive.
The Artist’s Day
The day will be divided into three sessions; two will be led by Kate, and the third is free for you to use as you wish and maybe to revisit an earlier project . Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30. Artists will gather at 10.00 for 3 hours tuition followed by a delicious and healthy lunch.
There will always be a taught morning session; and only one taught session after lunch – either afternoon, or evening.
Tuition will resume at 2.30 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing. The evening session will be from 5pm to 8pm. After the evening session, everyone will gather for drinks and supper. There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if wanted – over wine, olives and food.
What to Expect on the Course
The week will be suitable for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. Projects will be personalised to meet all skill levels.
The course will be based at Casa Rosa, enjoying the panoramic views of dramatic mountains, olive covered farmland and mature, colourful gardens and grounds.
You will work on both quick sketches and paintings and longer projects, looking at how to capture a feeling of place and atmosphere. Colour, palette, tone, mark making, and composition will form the basis of the week. Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.
A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.
Participants are free to join in the lessons as much as they like, or to sit some of them out and instead enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía. There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and a table tennis room to divert you if you need diverting.
Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa. The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.
You will spend a day enjoying the delights of old Malaga, a relatively unknown destination to most tourists.
Malaga has been transformed over the last few years. It was a dilapidated, but charming Mediterranean port which suffered much in the Civil War of the 1930s, and was subsequently allowed to fall into decay.
The old heart has retained its character and has been beautifully and sensitively restored, from the exquisite Malagueña mansion of the Picasso Museum to the Roman Amphitheatre, the exciting modern marina and the charming Carmen Thyssen Museum.
There will be opportunities for sketching, or painting, a visit to the Picasso Museum and lunch in Malaga – transport, to and from Malaga, and lunch will be included.
The Boring Bits
£1,250 includes full board, with own room, ensuite.There is no single supplement. However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £150 reduction each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £950.
A deposit of £300 secures a place on this course.
If the suggested flights are booked, collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price of £1,250. Transport as necessary to the sites we visit will also be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available.
If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport.
Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We advise you to have travel insurance.
If you want to chat about the trip please contact:
There are some classes set in concrete for 2018 and others are bubbling away trying to find a slot. There will be regular classes at Ramshill, my studio in East Winterslow, classes at Rum’s Eg in Romsey, at Riverside Cottage, Bransbury and other venues. Keep a look out for regular updates on new classes.
Keep a look out for ‘Larger than Life, Life Drawing’, ‘Thinking Aloud’ a course to encourage you to take risks, be creative and get more from your work. Also ‘Big Drawings in Challenging Places’, ‘Dynamic Landscapes, Mixed Media, Drawing, Print and Paint’, ‘Music and Movement’, and ‘Experimental Drawing’. There will be restorative retreats at Riverside Cottage and excursions to galleries and other places of interest.