Plaza de Espana, Seville, © Quench Travel.

Plaza de Espana, Seville, © Quench Travel.

by Michael Best, posted by Deb Shaw

There are only 2 spaces left in Margaret’s April/May 2016 workshop in Spain. Non-artist friends, partners or spouses are also welcome.

The workshop accommodation is a beautifully restored 16th century house located in an aromatic garden surrounded by 3000 acres of olive and orange groves. As for all of Margaret’s previous painting trips, this workshop/tour is capably managed on the ground by Kiloran McRae for the Quench Travel Group of Toronto.

The tiled garden view in Alcazar Palace Gardens, © Quench Travel.

The tiled garden view in Alcazar Palace Gardens, © Quench Travel.

Five glorious days of painting will be spent in a spectacular setting high in Sierra Moreno Mountains, just north of Seville in the heart of Andalucía with options to tour the historic sights of Seville and Barcelona. As always, Quench ‘s remarkable local connections will make for an unforgettable, cultural immersion. Tapas, flamenco dancing, sherry bodegas, historical gardens …

Many of the already registered participants have been on three or more of Margaret’s destination workshops. Their enthusiasm for these unique painting opportunities speaks to the quality of their previous experiences. BAGSC member Jan Clouse and her husband Charles of Santa Barbara have this to say about their previous trips with Margaret and Kiloran:

Trasierra interior, © Quench Travel

Trasierra interior, © Quench Travel

Margaret knows how much Jan appreciates her guidance and mentoring, but the sustained exposure to her teaching skills provided by these trips is inestimable. We both admire Kiloran’s skills as well. Where do we start? Guide? Translator? Chaperone? Student of Medieval history? Plant identifier? She does it all at breakneck speed — in two, sometimes three, languages. Can’t praise her too highly either.

The food was as always, rave-worthy … impressive botanical gardens, the welcoming horticulturalists, and historical sights as well… Altogether we had terrific experiences as botanical painter, guitarist, and tourists.

For details about this unique painting opportunity and a chance to explore some remarkable art and sites of historical significance in Spain, see Quench Travel’s website.

Previous Margaret Best/Quench workshop destinations have included:

  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
  • Newfoundland, Canada
  • Cotswold’s, England
  • Puglia, Italy
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