The evening we landed, Haidee, Karl, David and I went straight out and started. Haidee produced an exquisite study of one of the horse-drawn carriages in the square. I managed a little 10x8 of the Giraldillo (pronounced something like 'Hiraldeeo') hotel and restaurant. (The Giraldillo is the weathervane on the top of the Giralda - once a minaret for the city's mosque when the moors were in power but subsequently converted to a bell tower. It has become an icon for Seville).
|Giraldillo Hotel from the Square 10x8|
We then went to the river where I did 2 small pastels of the Triana Bridge as dusk came on.
Peter flew in the next day (Monday 1 February) and by then we had gained entry to the Royal Palace and Alcazar Gardens with our 'painter's passes' and had a go at painting them. I tried a small pastel of a fountain with archway behind to see if it would work in oil and then committed to a 14x11 oil:
|Hercules Fountain - 9x7 Pastel|
|Hercules Fountain, Alcazar 14x11|
|The gang - joined by Eric Davis at right|
|From Cathedral Square, Early Evening. pastel|
|Triana Bridge, Sunset 8x11|
We went straight to the Partal Gardens and the Torre de las Damas. Foolishly I tried a pastel first so that by the time I came to paint this oil the others were moving off to try something on the Sierra Nevada side.
|Torre de las Damas 10x14|
They were moving off just as I was setting up. I tried to do justice to the scene but it was hard to follow the 4 really stunning paintings that D, H, K and P had just completed. Still, this was a really enjoyable subject:
|Sierra Nevada from the Alhambra 10x12|
|Steps To The Alcazaba 8x10|
The next day David and I took an early bus up to the Alhambra and had a wonderfully peaceful tour round the Nazrid palaces, including the Court of Lions. Totally mind-boggling. Back in the Partal gardens we had another go at the Torre de las Damas.
|Torre de las Damas, Alhambra 14x11|
|Alhambra from the Generalife 8x10|
|Generalife from Alhambra - unfinished pastel|
|Alcazaba from Placa San Nicolas 11x14 (unfinished)|
It was very windy on the 4th (Thursday) so Haidee and I headed for the Alcazar gardens while the others braved it by the city hall. I found a spot near the Carlos V pavilion with my back to the Senador Del Leon:
|In the Alcazar Gardens 14x11|
|The Cathedral Square Fountain, Seville 10x12|
This is my rather rushed effort:
|Montanes Statue 14x11|
I did a little pastel of a carriage and horse before deciding to whip out my mouth organ and try a bit of busking next to the painters. After several tunes and the princely sum of 2 euros in my hat I thought better of it and did one last tiny pastel before we headed back to pick up our bags and fly back to a misreably cold and wet UK.
|Last Pastel Seville|