by Ellen Y.
Another ochre yellow building? Of course not.
While ancient architecture is a significant part of a visit to Spain, you might also enjoy the smaller features and moments in public places for sketching, such as a colourful balcony, a beautiful tile, a horse-driven tour carriage, or a passionate flamenco dancer.
We understand it. Your local tour directors work closely with your sketch tutor to make sure that we find the places and you sketch the moments, with countless sketching opportunities.
Vivienne Lingard, an experienced sketcher, illustrator, art teacher and curator, shows in her travel sketch blog how she absorbed the richness of Sevilla's cityscapes and flamenco experience in her sketchbook, with a group of kiwi sketchers in the Travel Sketch Spain Holiday Tour in April 2019, organised by 2WAYS Tours in partnership with ErinHill Sketching New Zealand.
The contrasting landscape heading to Seville was amazing: cypress trees dark against earthen buildings, scruffy pine-nut trees, tiny old huts, and fields; where grapes replaced orange trees, then olives, as the train sped past. Undulating hills, the soil darkening to a burnt sienna and white houses with orange tiled roofs. A change back to orange groves as we neared Seville, sun-touched and golden. What a warm welcome.
We sketched, just a short time after our arrival at the Guadalquivir River, looking over to La Torre del Oro (the gold tower).
El Alcázar, the Moorish Caliphas palaces and gardens, is a stunning place, quite glorious; from the art adorning its walls, to the tiles on its floors. It is the perfect environment for a romantic art-loving person like me!
Come evening, it was time for our visit to the Flamenco concert. I was content to watch the two terrific female dancers, swirl, seduce, scowl, and dance around the sole male dancer, their feet stamping urgently on the wooden floor. The deep husky tones of the singer’s voice, as she clapped, urged the dancers on. It was mesmerising.
The following day, more gardens, horses and carriages, at Parque de Maria Luisa.
A great big thanks here to our fabulous guides Amelia and Ellen, who along with Tony made this Sketch Spain trip such a memorable experience. XXX
Visit Vivienne Lingard's ARTISTRY blog for the full story and sketches of Travel Sketch Sevilla, Spain.
P.S. The next 2WAYS Travel Sketch Spain Tours will take place in October 2019 and April 2020 with lots of personal interaction with your skilled sketching tutor and knowledgeable local tour director.
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