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Les Darlow | Course | September

Learn all the essential concepts, Les Darlow will teach you everything you need for your paintings to considerably improve. In this course, whatever your level, you will have a personalized teaching and your paintings will evolve significantly.

You have some instructional days in the studio, and you can also develop what you learn painting in the natural gardens of the house and on excursions to some beautiful places in Valencia.

  • Course arrival date 23rd September 2018
  • Course departure date 29th September 2018
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Les Darlow | Workshop

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Les Darlow was born in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1961, and trained as a technical and Scientific Illustrator, having now freed himself of the technical preciseness of a photo realistic painting he now paints expressively and creatively, producing paintings that are based on feeling, light, energy and movement. Les has a love and passion for weather and landscapes and most of his paintings reflect this and are subjects that have that connection for him. It is Les’s belief that you can paint the same scene over and over again as light and weather changes the subject continuously.

His greatest love is painting skies and believes they are the key to a great landscape. He has a fascination for storms and extreme weather, whether that is a sunrise at -20 degrees in winter, a snow storm, a stunning sunset or a growing supercell in the height of summer, these are the key elements to his paintings. He is genuinely intrigued by skies and has studied them in some detail having gone to great lengths studying a little meteorology and taking to the sky in a light aircraft to get even more information about their three dimensional depth. Clouds are constantly growing, dissipating, moving and changing colour and this understanding helps him paint them more authentically.

He gets to understand the subject, gets a connection with it, a love for it and studies this carefully. “As I develop as an artist, I find myself becoming more abstract with my work thinking more about composition, light and the balance of shapes, prefering to eliminate all the detail. My journey is continuously creative, exciting and inspirational as I travel the world developing new skills and introducing new techniques”.

Itinerary

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This is a guide only. Days out and locations my change.

Transfers from Alicante airport. We offer two pick up times.
On arrival at Las Orquideas you will be shown to your room to get settled in. After which there will be a tour of the grounds and a “get to know where things are” guide.
For the morning arrivals/later arrivals this will be followed by aperitifs and lunch/evening meal.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
10:00 meet in the studio. Get to know your tutor. Who will explain the way they work, the materials going to be used and the expectations for the week ahead. You will be given your paints and paper for the week and after a short break Anne will give a demonstration of her style.
Aperitifs will be followed by lunch at 2:00. After which there will be free time for siesta or relaxing by the pool.
A final plein air painting session from 5:00 to 7:30 will be followed by aperitifs and the evening meal at 8:00.

Trip to Valencia city
Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:00.
9:00 meet ready to leave for a day in Valencia city.
A possible quick visit to the indoor market with its fantastic coloured glass domed roof. Then into the central plaza for some serious cityscape painting.
Lunch at 2:00 in a restaurant.
Then a final painting session from 3:00 before the journey home for aperitifs and the evening meal at 8:00.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
9:30, meet ready to leave for a trip to Xativa castle for a mornings painting.
Return to Las Orquideas at 1:30 in time to prepare for lunch at 2:00. Free time until 5:00, then into the studio to finalise the mornings work.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:00
9:00, meet ready to leave for a trip to Bocairent, the town built on the hillside. Firstly a view of the town from the other side of the valley, this is followed by trip around the town, guided by Viktoria who will point out the best viewpoints for painting later.
Returning to Las Orquideas for lunch.
Free time until 4:30 then into the studio to learn how to turn your photographs into paintings.
Finishing in time for aperitifs before the evening meal.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
10:00, meet for a mornings painting in the gardens of Las Orquideas or go to the town.
Lunch at about 2:00, Free time until 5:00, then painting in the gardens and finalising any works in the studio with an assessment of the week.
Finishing in time for a dip in the pool or aperitifs before the evening meal at Las Orquideas.

Breakfast, at a time suitable for the earliest departure.

What we include for this workshop?

  • Airport transfers from and to Alicante, choice of two pick up and drop off times.
  • Six nights stay
  • Five days tuition, a minimum of thirty hours.
  • Six breakfasts
  • Five lunches
  • Six evening meals.
  • Drinks with all meals taken at “Las Orquideas”
  • Drinks and snacks throughout the day at “Las Orquideas”
  • A paper block of 12 sheets of quality watercolor paper
  • A selection of six artists quality paints
  • A set of viewfinders.
  • A palette.
  • An apron.
  • A carry bag.

You will also have the use of the large, purpose built, air conditioned studio, light weight field easels, folding chairs, sunshades, boards and waterpots.

Not included

Brushes. Most people prefer to bring their own, but they can be purchased from the studio.

  • Flights.
  • Medical/travel insurance.
  • Staff gratuities.

Breakfasts

A variety of cereals, nuts and dried fruit. A selection of breads, marmalades and preserves. Yogurts, tea, coffee and fruit juices are also available.

Materials

You will be given paints and paper for the week ahead. Extra paint and paper can be purchased from the studio if required.

Drinks

Snacks and drinks are made available throughout the day from the breakfast bar area.

Pick up times

First pick up; Between 10:30 and 11:30. We leave the airport according to the later arrival between these times. The driver will not wait after 11:30, arrival time to Las Orquideas approx 12:45. 

Second pick up: Between 21:30 and 22:30. We leave the airport according to the later arrival between these times. Arrival time to Las Orquideas approx 23:45.

Pick ups outside of these times are charged at 70 Euros per person up to a maximum of 140 Euros for 2+ people. The same charges apply to pick ups from Valencia airport. Private taxis are available from the airports. Charges will be at the discretion of the individual driver but should be in the region of 110 Euros from Valencia and 130 Euros from Alicante.

Departure times.

Journey time approximately 75 minutes.

We offer two departure times to Alicante airport.

First departure from Las Orquideas between 07:30 and 08:30. This will be for flights between 10:30 and 14:30, this will be determined by earliest flight requirement.

Second departure from Las Orquideas between 11:30 and 12:30. This will be for flights after 14:30, this will be determined by earliest flight requirement.

Departures outside of these times are charged at 70 Euros per person up to a maximum of 140 Euros for 2+ people. The same charges apply to departures to Valencia airport. Private taxis are available.  Charges will be at the discretion of the individual driver but should be in the region of 110 Euros to Valencia and 130 Euros to Alicante.


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