Sunday, June 16, 2013


The wonderful Eleanor Palmer primary school, just a street corner away from me, organises a Summer Fair every year. This school is such a bright and happy place, your spirit soars just walking past its cheerful exterior and inside, the colourful, stimulating ambiance is one I wish I'd known in my grey/brown early schooldays. 

The school's PTA association tries to raise funds so that the teachers can bring the curriculum to life, organise trips for the kids, hire artists and musicians etc. and an auction will take place at the Fair on July 6th. All sorts of treats are donated by local people and I've given some prints in the past. This year, I've decided to give them a couple of large watercolours and hope they will raise a goodly sum for this very worthwhile cause.

Offering NdA 1985  Watercolour. W 69cm x H 55cm 

I painted the second picture in Canillas de Albaida, a beautiful village in the mountains above Malaga where I was invited to give a printmaking workshop at an art school run by an expatriate American artist, Jack Rutherford. 

Canillas de Albaida, Malaga NdA 1982. Watercolour & ink. W 42cm x H 29cm

Jack Rutherford standing in the dazzling Spanish sun with a local abuelita, 1982. 

Lunchtime at art school, Finca el Cerillo, Canillas de Albaida 1982 .

And here's Natalie, looking uncomfortable next to a portrait of her by a student who probably didn't give up the day job. Anyway I had a great time - it was a happy school too, as all schools should be, for pupils and teachers alike.



Tom said...

I hope the project results in its justifiable rewards.

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Thanks Tom. I look forward to going to the Fair - last time they had a wonderful band made up of parents - I think it was Parents.

Adam said...

Yes! If schools can't be happy places, where can? Nice story Natalie, I enjoyed reading about these bright sunny places. Made me feel warm on a morning that is a bit chilly, although sunny so should be a fine day. Probably a bit like London spring/summer ha ha!

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Adam, it's winter where you are, right?
Hope you'll have a good painting day, whatever the weather.

Adam said...

Yes, winter here, Natalie. Made some progress on my latest painting after lots of wrong steps!

Hattie said...

Wow. I just can't get over how good your work is.

Ellena said...

Beautiful watercolour of the village.
How far up was the school? Half way?
Would love to have lunch in that 'schoolyard'.

Natalie said...

Adam, I'll go and have a look at your latest.

Hattie, thanks for the Wow...I love Wows, especially if they're for my work!

Ellena, the school was at the studio and home of the artist, Jack Rutherford, not very far from the village. Quite high up so when you sat at that lunch table you could look down over the valley and surrounding hills.

Lucy said...

Blimey, those prints are a cut above the usual PTA fundraising fare I must say! Lucky school.

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Lucy, the two paintings sold at the Fair and I'm glad the PTA will benefit. If if I were still a kid, I'd love to be at that school.