SPAIN - Inspiration Island, Mallorca
with CATHY GOODALE and JAMES BIGGERS
Medium: Oil and watercolor plein air painting
Cathy Goodale is a dedicated, persistent, and educated artist whose style reflects her individuality. “If you pay attention, art transcends all parts of life and makes the ordinary things in life “a painting”. Her career has been filled with painting, teaching and learning. The demand for excellence, painting in oil and watercolor, continues to drive all of her endeavors and her imagination pushes her to paint past her "artistic safe places".
Growing up in Denver, Colorado, with an early introduction to art classics through her grandmother was instrumental in leading Cathy to Stephens College in Missouri and to a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. She continued her art training at Denver University, studying commercial art under William Sanderson.
James Biggers is never satisfied painting the same subject in the same way. He forces himself to learn and see more while constantly searching for inspirations and techniques to give his paintings essence. A strong sense of design that is evident in his paintings was developed during his work as a graphic artist. Biggers discovered, "at some point you have to put something of yourself into your work, without this element you will never have a great painting. Design and the subject may attract people to your painting, heart is what keeps them there." He strives to give his paintings depth so that the viewer can go beyond what initially drew them into the work of art. "Capturing a frozen moment in time with great emotion is what we do as an artist."
Lo Peyron Mathews is the owner of Alpine Creative Tours. She has an extensive background in art management as well as 15 years’ experience in the travel industry, working for a prominent European tour operator and for travel agencies. She has worked for major airlines and organized many vacation trips to international destinations.
She excels at coordinating all the details involved in planning and executing creative vacation tours and travel. She lives in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, loves hiking and skiing and is an amateur photographer and painter.
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Two instructors in oil or watercolor. With Cathy Goodale and James Biggers you will get all the "one on one" instruction you want with an emphasis on reliable art basics. A great schedule for side travel - 3 days of instructed painting - 2 days off - 2 days of instructed painting. Different location every day for painting inspiration and photographing.
You will be met at Palma Airport, and we will travel to our hotel in Valldemossa. The first evening we will have a get-together where we go through the program of the week and you get a chance to meet our instructor, fellow artists, trip leader and staff.
Each morning, after breakfast on the deck, we will set off and visit one of the island's many alluring places. Cathy and Jim will guide us along as we paint the scenery, capturing the essence of each place. We break for lunch and continue painting into the afternoon.
Some of the places we will visit are:
Fornalutx, one of the prettiest villages of Spain, with its cobbled streets and terracotta roofs, surrounded by well tended orange and lemon groves. The artist town of Deia, home to celebrities such as Michael Douglas, perched in a ravine at the foot of the Teix mountain, with views out to the Mediterranean below and with an interesting museum dedicated to the writer Robert Graves. Valldemossa, once a home for Frederic Chopin and George Sands, with art galleries, a 400 year old olive estate, outdoor cafes and restaurants. Soller, a charming town with an impressive cathedral, dating from the 1200s and a botanical garden with many endangered local plant species. Puerto de Soller, a fishing village that can be reached via a vintage train that travels on a wooden narrow-gauge electric railway, which crosses the Sierra de Alfàbia mountain range with a series of tunnels, bridges, viaducts and bends. Palma, once a laid-back capital, now a cosmopolitan city, with a bustling city center and a preserved old town.
During our evenings we will explore the island's cuisine, trying tapas, pinxtos and paella!
Our week will include two days "off" in the middle of the program. During these two days there will opportunities to go on guided hikes in the Tramuntana mountain range, explore the villages on e-bike, visit the cosmopolitan capital of Palma or individually tour other parts of the island.
Mallorca has a Mediterranean climate, with 300 sunny days per year. Spring and fall are the best times to travel, explore, and paint around the island. April and May are usually two of the nicest months to visit with plenty of sunny days.
Some of Jim's and Cathy's art below:
FACTS ABOUT THIS TRIP:
Tour: Inspiration Island, Mallorca
Lodging: Hotel Es Petit, Valldemossa or similar
Closest airport: Palma
8 night lodging in shared double room
8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Wine included with dinner
5 days art instruction
All program excursions and museum entrances during the painting days.
All local transportation including pick up at the airport in Palma.
Single supplement: TBD
Terrace supplement: TBD
Transportation to and from your departure airport
Any pre-tour hotel costs
Meals not listed above
The island of Mallorca has always attracted painters, writers, poets, musicians and other artists. Some famous historical people who have chosen to make Mallorca their home include Frederic Chopin, Joan Miro, Robert Graves and of course current day tennis champion Rafael Nadal!
The island offers everything from large city living in the capital Palma to quaint village life in small towns like Deia, Fornalutx and Valldemossa.
Our base will be in Valldemossa, one of the small, picturesque towns in the Tramuntana mountain range on the west coast of the island, in the middle of orange groves, olive trees, and open terraces.
Lodging: Hotel Es Petit
Es Petit Hotel is a small hotel with a perfect location in the center of Valldemossa. Coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries are located right outside the hotel.
The building has been totally renovated and has modern facilities and amenities.
The deck with magnificent views overlooking the valley will be our gathering point in the afternoons as we return from our daily painting excursions.
Rooms: All rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.
Upgrade: There are two rooms with terraces overlooking the valley. Please notify alpine creative tours if you would like to reserve one of these rooms.
Itinerary for our week in Mallorca
We will meet you at the Palma airport in the afternoon for transfer to our hotel
Meet fellow students, teacher and staff
Presentation of the week
Excursions by minibus to our paint out locations, among them:
The beautiful town of Valldemossa, one of the prettiest villages on the island with a rich cultural heritage and with shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants lining its car-free cobbled streets
The town of Soller, set in a lush valley with orange groves between the mountains and the sea, with its main square dominated by a stunning cathedral
The artist village of Deia, situated high on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a town that has had a magnetic effect on creative figures over the years, attracting icons from the world of art, literature and music
The capital of Palma, with its picturesque old town with many scenes to paint (and maybe stores to explore for some shopping…)
Each morning will start with a painting demo by our instructors
TWO FREE DAYS
In the middle of the week you will have two free days to explore the island on your own or with a fellow workshop participant . At an extra charge, there will be opportunities to join an organized island hike, go on an e-bike tour in the mountains or take part in other island activities.
We will continue our adventure, painting in the villages on the island and along the beautiful coastline.
After breakfast we will say our farewells and coordinate transfers to the Palma airport
We will enjoy four picnic lunches together
- Several days we will get together for a critique back at the hotel
Three dinners are included
We reserve the right to change the itinerary if needed.