Bountiful… Botanical Art Workshop in Barcelona.

October 29 – November 1, 2021

New monthly , new year, new beginnings……

I am very happy to announce details of in- person and online workshops coming in October and November.

Join me in our spacious studio in the art and design district of El Poblenou, Barcelona to paint the warm rich colours of the flowers and fruit of a bountiful autumn.


Course Outline

We will spend from 9 am to 3.30 pm each day learning, practicing and applying the skills required to make a botanical watercolour painting. 

  • Observational, measured drawing and composition to bring movement and life to your painting.
  • Exploring the nuances of colour
  • Watercolour painting with wet and dry and everything in between painting techniques
  • Reflect on the personal process of your painting, to further enrich your learning experience.

By the time you leave you will have enhanced your skills and will have new confidence in moving your botanical painting to new levels of competence.

Studio In El Poblenou, Barcelona

Registration Contact

Laura Alonso is the person to contact at our base in Barcelona. She will be happy to fill you in with all the details required to register.

Laura Alonso: lauraalonso27@gmail.com

Following registration Laura will send you a simple list of required materials. Before the workshop, Laura will send you detailed workshop notes available in English and in Spanish along with other supporting documents to help you prepare for your visit to Barcelona.

http://www.arte-botanico.com


With Laura Alonso in the studio at El Poblenou
Practicing observational drawing

September……New Beginnings

September is feeling like a new start, a tentative start… but one with more of a tangible sense of confidence and bravery than we have experienced for a while. My dear friend and fellow artist, Despina Mitselou from the island of Skiathos, Greece, yesterday shared the Skiathos tradition of celebrating the New Year at the start of September by throwing a pomegranate on the floor of their homes to bring health and happiness.

Punica granatum ‘Nana’ growing along the street in El Poblenou, Barcelona.

‘Bountiful – Punica granatum ‘Nana’ captures the pomegranates as I saw them growing on a tree in El Poblenou, Barcelona, where I was last teaching botanical art during autumn 2019. I just couldn’t take my eyes from the jewel like seeds glistening in these luscious fruits. Having completed numerous sketches in situ and taken lots of colour notes to record details, I began to work on the painting back in my studio at home in Ireland. 

Back in the studio

It was a work in progress over the long months throughout 2020 when all of life had changed for us all. 

It brought me to the warmth and colour of the streets of Barcelona and the rolling hills and turquoise waters of Skiathos, Greece where I first fell in love with these abundant trees . It brought me to the warmth of the people I’ve met in these places.

It was a place of joy and solace as I worked in my studio listening to stories on the radio of sickness and death – of resilience, togetherness and hope. It was a place of bounty and focus, a beckoning force taking me to a place apart when there was nowhere else.

‘Bountiful’ – Punica granatum

Online Workshops – Autumn, 2021

Workshop 1, October 8 and 9, 2021

Warm, Rich and Deep 1. 

Cost €150

Workshop 2, November 5 and 6, 2021

Warm, Rich and Deep 2. 

Cost €150

Workshop 1 and Workshop 2 – Cost €280

Autumn colour

Both workshops will be happening from 14.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs GMT each day to facilitate artists from the west coast through to east coast US and throughout Europe.

Following requests from artists living in Asia and Australasia, I will give an alternative option time wise for my next set of online workshops.

For online workshops, please contact me directly:

marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Instagram: @marydillonartist

Online Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Easy and Slow……. Greece……Botanical Art Holiday, September 12 – 18, 2021

Would you like to take a break, to slow down, feast your senses, enhance your painting skills and master new ones, to rest and nourish your body, your mind and your soul? Join me on a beautiful Greek island in September 2021 for a botanical art holiday.

Perched in the heart of a Greek mountain village above the bay of Karystos on the island of Evia, Villa Kasteli, a traditional mountain villa with its panoramic sea and mountain views, is the ideal location for a relaxing botanical art holiday. Just two hours by car and boat from Athens airport, ‘getting away from it all’ couldn’t be easier.

Villa Kasteli

A family run boutique retreat centre for artists, yoga enthusiasts and garden lovers, Villa Kasteli has everything you might need for a relaxing and inspiring botanical art holiday. Run by the Lorenz family, at Villa Kasteli every effort will be made to ensure that you eat well, sleep well, rest, paint and explore.

Terrace where breakfast is served

Studio

Our light filled spacious studio is situated in the midst of beautiful mediterranean garden plants. We will have 25 hours of Botanical art tuition in the studio or in ‘the field’. During your free time the studio will be available for some personal painting.

Light Filled Studio at Villa Kasteli
Painting on the terrace of Villa Kasteli

Local Inspiration

Olive groves and fig trees provide a backdrop to a rich array of native Mediterranean plants in the nearby countryside. The award winning Montofoli Estate and vineyard will be a perfect location for some field studies.

Mediterranean garden plants
Ophrys ferrum and Colchicum autumnale

Native species from the Island of Evia.
Montofoli Estate, Karystos

Featuring :

• Optional guided meditation with gentle stretching to end each day.

• A guided botanical walk along the hillside under the medieval Castello Rosso to the village of Mili.

• Dinner at Stella’s restaurant under the shade of the Platanos orientalis, Greek sycamore trees, in the village of Mili.

• Morning field trip to the nearby Montofoli Estate with time for field studies followed by picnic lunch.

Nearby places to visit :

Castello Rosso (Red Castle), a medieval Venetian Castle overlooking Villa Kasteli.

• Mount Ochi with its hillside pathways.

Unspoiled beaches with turquoise waters and golden sands for a relaxing swim.

Karystos, the perfect spot for afternoon refreshments and people watching.

Castello Rosso which overlooks Villa Kasteli
Getting away from it all………..

Accommodation

Villa Kasteli has four double bedrooms with private bathrooms, an open plan living, dining and kitchen area with a fireplace. An additional four double rooms are available nearby. Accommodation can be booked for either single or double occupancy.

Each bedroom has a large, comfortable double bed. We offer the option of double or single bedding, so if you choose to share your room you don’t have to share bedding.

Catering

Breakfast will consist of locally made fresh pastries, fruit, honey, yoghurt and porridge with a variety of super food toppings. Our chef will prepare lunch and dinner using delicious locally sourced fresh ingredients. We are very happy to accommodate any of your particular dietary requirements. Wine is included with dinner each evening.

Villa Kasteli

Outdoor

We have a beautiful terraced garden for you to explore, a swimming pool and covered pergola. Many outdoor seating areas throughout the garden.

Travel 

Guests are requested to book flights at your own cost, ideally arriving around lunchtime to ensure easy transfer to meet boat schedule in Rafina, and afternoon departures to ensure the same for your return. 

Transfers can be arranged to include meet and greet at Athens airport, taxi to port of Rafina, Boat ticket Rafina to Marmari and pickup from Marmari to Villa Kasteli – two hours door to door € 40 per person each way.

Cost:

€1,600 – one person using double room

€1,300 – per person sharing for two people sharing double room.

Includes:

• 6 nights accommodation

• 6 x breakfast, lunch, dinner

• 25 hrs. botanical art tuition

• Use of studio

• Visit to Montofoli Estate.

To Book:

Please contact me for further details and to check for available places:

marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Pay €500 deposit via PayPal to secure your place.