We’ve just said good bye to a wonderful group of painters who came to spend a week on sketching and watercolours with Malcolm Carver. Malcolm’s style is hands-on: he takes a student’s work and adds a stroke – and suddenly a severe horizon is transformed into a living landscape. Working on the view at Savusavu harbor, he shows his students how an apparently random line gives an impression of the masts of the many yachts as they bob and sway. Back at Daku Resort sketching the bures, he lets a corner of a deck remain clear and hints at the possibility of a person standing there.
With eight painters and two partners in the group, they were a convivial bunch who enjoyed time off as enthusiastically as the workshops, visiting waterfalls, learning to decorate masi cloth, joining the village in their exuberant meke dance, and eating with the other Daku guests at the resort’s popular communal table every night.