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2806, 2013

The art of using plastic cling film

June 28th, 2013|Categories: Art, Painting, Paradise Courses|Comments Off on The art of using plastic cling film

When I asked Elena’s group of painters what was the most important thing they had learned from the week, someone said that it was how to use plastic cling film to cover their palette. There was a lot of laughter at this but actually it contained a serious point that went to the heart of plein air painting.

1606, 2013

Yoga with Pam: relax, refocus

June 16th, 2013|Categories: Paradise Courses, Yoga|Comments Off on Yoga with Pam: relax, refocus

Pam structured her classes to explore the body in the morning, always staying mindful of the purpose behind each asana, moving gently amongst the students to correct, encourage, adjust. Then in the late afternoon as the sun started to move towards the mountains across the bay she took a class in relaxation and meditation.

304, 2013

“It was then that I realised, writing is not so difficult after all.”

April 3rd, 2013|Categories: Paradise Courses, Writers Workshop|1 Comment

For one week; no meals to cook, beds to make, supermarket shopping to do, no other people to care for, just total focus on your writing. This year's bunch were here to work hard.

2710, 2012

Water is for washing brushes only!

October 27th, 2012|Categories: Art, Painting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Water is for washing brushes only!

Her main objective is to get her students to choose a subject then re interpret it with their individual slant: “Each student paints in a totally different way and I guide them individually to achieve the results that they desire and teach them ways to do that.”

1210, 2012

Making peace with life

October 12th, 2012|Categories: Art, Painting, Paradise Courses|Comments Off on Making peace with life

The landscapes and seascapes that the group painted were explorations of new vistas, experiments with new techniques and exercises in viewing the world with a new perspective. Elena teaches a highly realistic style in which you see the glitter of sand beneath the waves and feel the leaves on the trees.

909, 2012

Liquid focus: the flowing art of landscape quilts

September 9th, 2012|Categories: Paradise Courses, Textiles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Liquid focus: the flowing art of landscape quilts

These were not to be traditional quilts: Gloria teaches landscape art in which the quilter creates a wonderful fabric artwork. Gloria’s own quilts are masterpieces of the genre. The inspiration for the week lay outside right before their eyes.

1108, 2012

The Laughing Quilters

August 11th, 2012|Categories: Paradise Courses, Textiles|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Quilters are some of the jolliest, best natured and most obliging groups we ever get. The sheer volume of laughter they produce is wonderful. What’s so funny each day? I have no idea, but whenever I walked up to see them and admire their work, I approached on a rising wave of burst of gaiety.