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In a wonderful place

"Las Orquideas House"

Dalvaro Art Courses

Loli and Harold - Managers

Painting on holidays in Spain

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Loly and Harold

Loly and Harold

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History

 

Back in 2001 we, that is myself and my English husband, decided to move back to my native Spain and we started the long task of finding somewhere to live. After five years of traveling back and forth from Heathrow to Valencia or Gatwick to Alicante we finally found somewhere that ticked most of the boxes on our list of must haves, want to haves and do not really need to haves. The property that was originally called “Casablanca”.

Orquideas House Front

Orquideas House Front

Of course the property did not look like this when we bought it, this took a further two years of problematic difficult builders, and we are still finding things to improve.

Orquideas in the Orquideas House

Orquideas in the Orquideas House

So it was not until 2009 that we were able to really start using our home as a painting holiday venue. We then renamed it “Las Orquideas ” after one of my husbands favourite flowers, “orchids”.

Orquideas in the Orquideas House 2

Orquideas in the Orquideas House 2

Over the years I had heard of so many people who were disappointed about their painting holiday experiences, that I was determined to make mine different, my dream future. Using hotels was a definite no-no, as would be half board, shared bathrooms and enforced shared bedrooms for single travelers.

Charles Evans plein air in Xativa

Charles Evans plein air in Xativa

The Orquideas House Up View

The Orquideas House Up View

Painting on holidays in Spain

Painting on holidays in Spain

The first year, of course was mainly people that we knew and we used these experiences to gain extra insights into looking after, as well as, teaching small groups of mixed ability artists. Of course we soon realized that people are all different and some wanted a ‘painting holiday` while others were more interested in a ‘holiday with painting’. We managed to adapt quite easily, while I concentrated on the ‘painting’ my husband catered for the ‘holiday’.

It all proved to be a very interesting, eye opening and most enjoyable time. We now have friends of those friends staying with us as well as people from all over the UK and around the world, including visitors from Australia, South Africa, The USA, Canada plus a large group of amateur and professional artists from Alaska.

The orquideas house studio

The orquideas house studio

Now in our fourth full year of running painting holidays, D’Alvaro Art Studios, both I and my good friend and colleague Derek Oliver have been giving all the tuition and demonstrations.

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Arnold-lowrey-watercolor-and-the-students-2

For 2014 we will include workshops with well-known artists from the UK, including popular SAA professional artists such as, Charles Evans, Arnold Lowrey, Sue Ford, Paul Weaver and Trevor Waugh.

Trevor-Waugh-in-Dalvaro-Art-Courses

Trevor-Waugh-in-Dalvaro-Art-Courses

This group of tutors has now grown to 15 for the 2015 season.

I hope that I have managed to keep to my original ideals of how a painting holiday venue should operate, that is, with honesty and sincerity, about our offers and most importantly, about giving all of our guests a relaxing and enjoyable opportunity to improve their art, no matter what level they are, in a wonderful rejuvinating, refreshing as well as an inspirationally relaxing environment.

 

Here are some comments from our guest book;

 

  • …sumptuous food as well as expert tuition. I have learnt so much
    Sandra Q.
  • Magnificent garden and a lovely place to make art
    Sandra W.
  • Loli, I feel I came as a student and am leaving as your friend
    Mary K.
  • Thank you both so much for helping to make my holiday into a wonderful experience
    Fay C.
  • This has been a week to remember, a shining gem, a vibrant experience
    Patricia L. A.

So maybe, with a few more painting holiday guests I will have fulfilled my dream.

                                                                                                                                    Loly Alvaro
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