Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Brian Steventon returns from his first Authentic Adventure to Subbetica

Subbetica was the destination for our new tutor Brian Steventon on his first outing as a tutor for us. Brian has provided us with a brief summary of what he got up to and how he enjoyed his maiden trip.

Spoilt for choice at the Hacienda
I arrived in Zuheros two and a half days before the clients were due. We set off on a series of reccies and were spoilt for choice, choosing two very painterly locations to add to our itinerary. I had a few hours to spare on the Saturday so did some drawing and painting amongst the gorgeous scenery, I was even treated to a stunning spectacle as two huge eagles drifted above, a great start to the trip and I was very excited to meet the clients the following day.

Lunch in the gorge
After meeting & greeting the painters on their arrival at Malaga Airport, it was clear that we had a fantastic bunch and could really look forward to a brilliant week of painting and socialising. I couldn't have chosen a more diverse yet cohesive group and as the days moved on they began to produce some excellent work. Day one was spent painting in the Miradors around Zuheros, where we were based, the small streets and alleyways provided a very picturesque scene. The following days incorporated the ruins on the hillside near Zagrilla, the washed out houses and running water of the square in La Fuenta and the gorgeous painting opportunities looking back at Zuheros amongst the olive groves (accompanied by a delicious picnic!). One of many highlights of the week was the Hacienda Mirador, a converted olive farm with Moorish arches and an abundance of character. 

A few tips make all the difference!
Our free day was split between a few people heading into Cordoba by taxi, and the rest remaining in the village to continue painting, I was very happy to stay around the village and help anyone that wanted to do so. We had a variety of experienced artists and those that were less well seasoned but with my help, and that of the group the standard really improved throughout the week and it showed in the final exhibition, which was fantastic. 

We had lots of fun along the way and I am sure that we will all remember the week with great fondness as time goes by, I must also mention our hotel (Hotel Zuhayra) for the fantastically helpful service and great food they provided, a great first trip!

Those who joined Brian in Subbetica seem to agree that the trip was a great success! Brian now has two more holidays confirmed for next year, Cinque Terre in May and Sardinia in September of next year (2013). Follow the links for more details, or to look at Brian's profile.