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La Gomera Painting


8 days From £1,995 £1,945

2 November 2019

The second smallest of the Canary Islands is a painter’s delight, with verdant valleys, rugged coves and elegantly geometric towns set against mountainous backdrops; richly coloured laurel forests and juniper groves, steep-sided hills scored with terrace farms and mesmerising views out to sea, all suffused with the soft light of the late autumn sun. Join us on this tiny, gem-like island in November to capture its beauty and its spirit in the company of a renowned painting tutor.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Professional tour manager
  •  Painting tutor
  •  Local transport

Led by...

Kevin Dean

Kevin Dean

Trained at the Royal College of Art, Kevin is a highly versatile artist. He has illustrated numerous books, designed textiles and architectural decoration in the Middle East, including much of the marble work at The Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi.

Book Now From £1,945 £1,995

Choose from these limited time special offer(s):

  • Full balance payment just £1,945
  • Low deposit £199, remaining to pay £1,796

Single supplement: £360

Tour highlights:

  • Visit one of the most visited viewpoints in Mirador de Abrante, which boasts spectacular views over to Tenerife and Mount Teide, for a painting session
  • Discover the largest juniper grove on the Canary Islands, dominated by the Roque Cano – a natural rock formation – that will make for interesting subject matter
  • Learn all there is to know about the local delicacy that is palm honey in Alojera
  • Enjoy some urban painting in the historic centre of San Sebastian de La Gomera, where interesting buildings from the 12th to the 20th centuries can be captured on canvas

Tour details

Dates 2 November 2019 - 9 November 2019
Duration 8 days
Cost Choose from these limited time special offer(s):
  • Full balance payment just £1,945 £1,995
  • Low deposit £199 , remaining to pay £1,796
Single supplement: £360 Balance due by 10 August 2019
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code 19APWL

Book Now or call 01453 823328 if you have any questions

2 November 2019: Itinerary

Fly from London to Tenerife and take a ferry onwards to one of the lesser known, but wildly beautiful Canary Islands – La Gomera. Like an orange cut in half, La Gomera is segmented by ridges and ravines, all leading to the densely forested interior. Painters appreciate its pleasant climate, diverse scenery and unspoilt nature (little is changed here since Columbus set sail for its shores bound for the Americas) making for varied, fascinating and timeless subject matter.

Our hotel is the Parador San Sebastian, one of that fine collection of characterful hotels which reflect the history and cultural heritage of Spain and its islands, in this case constructed in the traditional Gomeran style and set within glorious subtropical gardens just a stone’s throw from the sea.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera

On our first painting day, choose from two different urban landscapes in the historic centre of San Sebastian de La Gomera. Though this is the island’s capital, it retains a peaceful, laid-back feel, with colourful boats bobbing in the harbour and quiet streets lined beautiful buildings dating back to the city’s foundation in the 15th century, including the building where Columbus stayed. Palm trees add splashes of colour between the traditional, square, white-fronted houses. After lunch, there will be some time at leisure to continue sketching and painting or to make your own explorations – perhaps the interesting archaeological museum or the food market, packed with gastronomic delights.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera

The Mirador de Abrante is one of La Gomera’s most renowned viewpoints, presenting an enchanting vista out to sea encompassing the island of Tenerife and the towering volcano at its heart, Mount Teide. Below us is the valley of Agulo, with its clusters of brightly painted houses, terrace farms and banana groves, set between sheer-sided cliffs. A view to treasure. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and the afternoon is at leisure.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera

Another high-altitude viewpoint, the Mirador del Santo sits atop the cliffs of the Lomo del Carretón Natural Monument overlooking the Taguluche ravine. Here, the village of the same name clings to the slopes and palm groves stretch as far as the azure sea. After lunch, we proceed to the spectacular Gran Rey Valley, noted for its abundant agricultural terraces, for some free time.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera

Free time awaits today! Choose to relax in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel, explore the island or simply continue creating your own artistic studies of La Gomera. However you spend your leisure time, in a place like this you are bound to enjoy it.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera

Today we make for the grand town of Vallehermoso which, given its surroundings, fittingly translates as ‘beautiful valley’. Here, protected by the mountains, is the Canary Islands’ largest juniper grove, and also the unmistakable, 400m-high rocky volcanic vent known as Roque Cano, another Gomeran natural monument. A perfect natural composition for the painter.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera

In the tranquil coastal village of Alojera there are opportunities for painting, of course, and also to learn about the production of palm honey, for which it is renowned. By way of a fully sustainable and harmless centuries-old process, the sap of the mature palm tree is harvested, then boiled and thickened into a dark syrup – the perfect accompaniment to both sweet and savoury dishes. The Honey Interpretation Centre provides more insight into this delicious Gomeran speciality.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera

We transfer from our hotel to the ferry for the return journey to Tenerife and our flight home.

2 November 2019: Additional Info

2 November 2019: Accommodation

Built in the island's typical architectural style, this hotel is set among gorgeous tropical gardens and it boasts stunning views over the town and nearby Tenerife. Filled with glorious natural light, this is a modern and relaxing place to stay for the duration of your tour. There is a mixture of Castilian and Elizabethan decor, and rooms are airy and comfortable.

2 November 2019: Enquiries

Frequently Asked Questions

Suggested Art equipment

If I’m painting on location I like to keep my materials simple and light. I often think it’s rather like preparing for a picnic, you want all the essential items, with one or two little luxuries, but anything that is rarely used will have to stay at home.

This is a watercolour, or water based medium list, (acrylics and gouache), which I hope you will see as a useful guide. However by all means substitute your own materials or ignore it entirely! If you are buying new materials, please don’t be tempted by the cheap paints, brushes and papers that are often available in supermarkets or even WH Smith, as they rarely give good results. Try to always buy recognized brands.

Seating; Chairs will be provided for painting on location, but a fold up stool that fits easily into the suitcase might be useful.

Paper and Painting support; In the past, when I worked on quite large, loose sheets of paper, I would carry a light drawing board which I’d assemble with wing nuts etc.! Nowadays I usually take an A3 watercolour pad, which is gummed around the edges to help prevent the paper from cockling, with a cardboard back, ( Fabriano, Bockingford, Langton etc.). Paper weight 140lb or heavier. Cold press or ‘Not’ is a good surface for location painting. To decide upon how much paper you will need, think about how fast you work, (or would like to work), you might do one painting a day or you might do 6?
If I have various loose sheets of watercolour/drawing paper of different weights and surfaces in the studio I often cut them up to about A3 size and place them on a piece of firm cardboard, which I then have ring bound at my local photo copy shop for about £2.00. That way I have the choice of different papers according to what I’m painting and it can work out a little cheaper than a manufactured pad.

Brushes; I often find I only ever use 2 or 3 brushes on location. A fairly big brush size no. 10 or 12, a medium no. 8 and occasionally a smaller brush say no.2. All ‘rounds’ with a good point and made of acrylic nylon – ProArte , Daler, Seawhite are good brands.

Water pot; I sometimes take a small plastic beaker but often forget it, or don’t have enough space in my suitcase and result to adapting a plastic bottle, bought locally - which I cut the top off. Another plastic or metal bottle can be used to carry water in.

Pencils; just a few B’s 2B’s, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. I might add a few pastels and crayons and possibly a fountain pen/sketching pen, but this needs to be wrapped carefully in tissue and plastic in case of leaks!

Paints; I have tried various brands but often return to the Winsor & Newton the artist range is best – but at about £2.50 per tube the W&N Cotman range is also very good value. Some of the colours may not be perfectly lightfast but they are bright, clear and mix well. I prefer tubes rather than pans as I think they are quicker and more convenient to use, but this is of course very much a personal choice.

Essential Colours

Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow

French Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue

Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red

Some good additions

Indian Red

Rose Madder

Burnt Sienna

Hookers Green

Violet
Indigo

I also like to have a tube of white Gouache to hand, either to correct mistakes or to add highlights to watercolours, but sometimes I like to mix it to all/ or some of the colours, to produce a more opaque painting or mixed media painting.

Most of my paints, brushes and pencils fit into a wooden box about 12” x 6” which also contains a small palette. I also have an old shoulder bag which I can fit everything into, including the water bottle(s) and stool, (although the paper pad may have to be carried separately under my arm). When I arrive at my destination all of the painting gear can be transferred from the suitcase to the shoulder bag. All of the equipment I double wrap in plastic bags and put into my suitcase, (which I check-in). Don’t forget you might want to bring a sun hat and although it’s difficult to mix colours with them on, a pair of sunglasses helps with the glare of sun on white paper!

I hope this list is helpful and I look forward to meeting you.

Kevin Dean RCA

January2019

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