Arts and Crafts at Cortijo La Paloma

Gardens and pool of Cortijo La Paloma on Friday morning

Gardens and pool of Cortijo La Paloma on Friday morning

Cortijo La Paloma is a large house in an idyllic location at the end of Las Negras beach. It is set in beautiful gardens with a large swimming pool and attractive apartments in a rustic style which are let for holidays. This time of year, courses in hat making, abstract painting and sculpture are held here. The visitors are mainly from Holland. We passed by on Friday morning and were invited to attend a social evening last night when the “students” would display and talk about their work before wining and dining in the gardens.
Helena making her hat

Helena making her hat

We arrived a little late and just missed the presentation of the hats that had been made. Above, though, is a photo taken on Friday morning of Helena making her hat.
Talking about art

Talking about art

Next on the agenda was a display of the paintings.
Talking about art

Talking about art

Each artist talked about their work which was inspired by the light and colors of Las Negras and the textures and shapes of material on the beach outside the Cortijo.
Talking about art

Talking about art

Much of this was incorporated into collages.
Talking about sculpture

Talking about sculpture

Then it was the turn of the sculptors who each talked about the piece of stone they were working on.
Talking about sculpture

Talking about sculpture

Much of this was work in progress as they had yet to finish their pieces.
Sculptors on the beach

Sculptors on the beach

Above is a photo of a couple of the sculptors working on the beach on Friday morning.
Keeping the fire going

Keeping the fire going

Afterwards, we all wined and dined at a long table in the gardens and a fire was lit to take the chill off the evening. This amused the children who were intent on keeping it going ….
A fireside chat

A fireside chat

…. while the adults sat around enjoying good wine and conversation.
Sculptor at work

Sculptor at work

Enquiries re. Cortijo La Paloma – http://cortijolapaloma.net http://jump4art.com

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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