Barcelona – 2017


Barcelona 2017 – Review of our four day – City break.

We find that capital cities have such s lot to offer as a location for a painting holiday they are full of major architectural sites, plenty of culture, and often the home of many great Artists and their work. Barcelona didn’t disappoint, it proved to be an excellent choice for a short four day painting and sketching holiday.

One of my favourite buildings was the Gaudis Sagrada Familia, it is the most famous building in Barcelona and it was truly fantastic, such incredible detail and drama and design. The interior even more beautiful than the outside, it was a wonderful building to visit,  particularly loved the clever use of light made by the stained glass windows reflecting on the high ceilings, the pillars and the floor.

The elegance and beauty of Park Guell provided us with Gaudis dramatic use of mosaic, such fantastic buildings that certainly challenged our drawing skills. We sat in the beautiful terraced gardens it was a beautiful place to draw. It was great fun to sit in the fantasy world Gaudi created.

We ventured into the busy lanes of Las Ramblas, full of interesting shops and restaurants, with plenty of energy and life, ending up in the famous market full of exotic sweets, nuts and fabulous fish restaurants. Not a place to sketch but fun to mooch through.

We enjoyed the older parts of Barcelona sat outside and sat outside and sketched we sat in cafes, in the gardens, and in public places with views of the ancient city walls and Barcelona Cathederal.

We really wanted to capture the beauty and uniqueness of Gaudis Cathederal. We found excellent places and views of the Sagrada Familia and could sit comfortably and close enough to draw and paint this stunning church easily. We did this on a couple of occasions as there was so much to see.

We also went to Cassa Balto, and amazing house designed by Gaudi as a private commission for a weathly family. When we were stood outside amongst the huge queues I wondered if it was worth all the effort. I was totally surprised at how exquite the hous was. Every facet every detail was thought about and created to such perfection. It was well worth the wait and the slow moving crowds when inside.

The hotel was good although not in the centre, we used the metro which was quick and easy. For future trips I think we will try to stay a little closer so that we can walk to locations.

We went to some fabulous restaurants for dinner. It wasn’t hard to find good places to eat. The best night was when we booked a table for a second time at a restaurant we really like and they offered us s table in a private wine cellar. It couldn’t have been more fabulous dining in a vaulted candle lit cellar surrounded by bottles of exquisite wine.

Our painting guests did some very good drawings and sketches, mostly pen and wash, very quick and easy to use and very portable. It is an inspiring city and well worth visiting.  I can’t wait to go again!