Monday, 18 April 2011

Happy Easter from everyone at AA !

On behalf of the whole team here at Authentic Adventures, we want to wish everybody a very Happy Easter.

Our office will be shut on Friday 22nd April and will reopen on Tuesday 26th April.

We will also be shut on Friday 29th April and Monday 2nd May for the Bank Holidays.

During this period, you can always drop us an email at and one of the team will contact you as soon as possible when the office re-opens.

Introducting Keith Cardwell - AA's Newest Photography Tutor !

We are pleased to announce that Keith Cardwell is going to be joining us as a new photography tutor in late 2011 / 2012.

Keith will be leading the trips for us in 2012 to Cuba, which he has visited now over 42 times. Keith loves the people and the energy of this amazing country and his vast experieince and local knowledge will undoubtedly make every trip unforgettable.

As well as being a professor of Children's Art and Photography he has worked as a photographer for various newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Observer and Independent. In 1998, he was the first Britain to exhibit in Havana and the reception was opened by the great Che photographer, Alberto Diaz Korda. You can see some of his work on his website.

Linda joins Christine Russell's Pastel day workshop in Stone. Gloucestershire

I was lucky enough to be able to take part in this weekend's Pastel Day Workshop with Christine Russell.

Saying that I am a beginner to any painting is a bit of an understatement, but what I lack in painting experience I made up for in enthusiasm - or so I like to think anyway!

Along with 6 other painters, Christine talked us through how to use pastels and after a amazing demonstration of how this medium could be used, it was our turn to give it a go.

I decided to pick a photograph of trees, rocks and a stream as it reminded me of Yosemite National Park, California and a holiday I took a few years back, in retrospect a little too complex for my beginner's hands (and eyes) but on I cracked - drawing the outline of my composition first, then layering the pastels, mixing the colour on the paper and applying when needed fixer to change the texture.

After several hours of concentrating I sat back and stared as for the first time in my life, a piece of art that I had done resembled (within reason) what I was trying to achieve. Don't get me wrong it's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but I was still pleased.

With lots of advice and encouragement from Christine and great company I am absolutely hooked on pastel painting. The idea that if you do something wrong it can be redone appeals greatly to me.

Thank you to all the other people taking part in the course, you made my experience very enjoyable and I hope that you got as much out of the day as I did.