I have just had a hectic but very positive 2 fantastic days painting in the wonderful fishing town of Olhao, out in the Algarve. This was a recce to meet the team who run 'Art in the Algarve' and get an idea of what goes on for next years painting holiday I will be tutoring there (29th April - 6th May 2015).

What can I say, an amazing venue, the last working fishing town on the Eastern Algarve. Beautiful seascapes, fishing boats and a town which is a maze of winding cobbled streets and weathered, colourful buildings.

Every where I looked there was subject matter, the light was incredible, the creative adrenalin was turned up to eleven and I managed to produce 6 plein air paintings in the two days! (see below)

The icing on the cake is wonderful accommodation, superb local food and art studio.

So if you fancy an epic painting holiday in the sun with more subject matter than you will know what to do with, please see their website ( for full details and booking information for my course in May, and tell them Paul sent you!