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Spain 2019

Art Safari to Spain with Sian Dudley 2017

Spain 2019


With Sian Dudley                    

Following the very successful art holiday "Wild Rosemary and Oranges' in May 2018 there are plans afoot for Siân to return to Spain in 2019, running another Art Safari that will take in Mairena and Granada. Details will be posted here when the trip is confirmed.

If you are interested in this proposed tour please contact Heidi, Mary-Anne or Sarah at Art Safari, who will be pleased to give you up to date information and register your interest fro when the tour is confirmed.


Photo by Zheka-Boss/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Zheka-Boss/iStock / Getty Images


Art Safari are dedicated to organising exciting holidays for artists and photographers. As an artist herself Mary-Anne knows exactly what an artist might need, and as experienced travellers she and Heidi ensure that joining one of their tours is a dream. If you have any questions, or require help organising your trip, do not hesitate to contact them.

If you would like to know more you are welcome to contact me... but be prepared for my infectious enthusiasm for both Art Safari and the tours I have led for them! 



Mairena is an extremely pretty village in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

There are white washed houses in delightful narrow winding streets, lined with pots of flowers. The houses throw fascinating shadows set against bright strips of sunlight, and tantalising glimpses through the gaps to views of the surrounding countryside. Stepping around a corner will reveal a panoramic view of the surrounding region; you can see the Mediterranean, and on a clear day, all the way to Morocco. Mairena is set on quite a steep hillside, and I was fascinated by the traditional chimney pots, which had real character and would make a surprising and beautiful foreground for a panoramic painting!



Painting on this trip was a dream. Mary-Anne and Heidi had done a marvellous job discovering good painting spots on their reconnaissance trip to Mairena! The area is beautiful, and there is no shortage of painterly opportunities, but the girls at Art Safari had found the creme de la creme. All the facilities we might have needed were close by...shade, water, refreshments, loos...  David and Emma kindly delivered us to the painting locations, popping all our equipment in their 4 x 4. I have never been so comfortable (and excited) painting en plein air!!

The gallery right shows my sketches of the church at Jubar, developed in to a painting on my return home.



In Mairena we will be staying in Las Chimeneas, a gorgeous hotel run by David and Emma Illsley.  With white washed walls, blue shutters, and decorated in traditional local style the atmosphere is very comfortable and relaxing.  The restaurant is just lovely, serving local Alpujarran recipes handed down over generations.  Emma's recently published  book, 'Recipes and Stories from an Alpujarran Village' is certain to whet your appetite!

David and Emma are superb hosts. They have been living in Mairena for many years, and are very happy to share their local knowledge with their guests. David and Emma make finding inspirational locations easy and enjoyable, adding anecdotes and information that make the painting even more pleasurable. 

In Grenada we will be staying in a quiet hotel in the Moorish quarter, surrounded by some delightful painting opportunities of the narrow whitewashed streets, renaissance palaces and minarets.




This painting holiday is run by Art Safari. Full details of the trip and information on how to book can be found on their website, . If you have any questions do not hesitate to call them, Mary-Anne and Heidi are very friendly and helpful. Or of course, you could contact me!

Tour cost per person sharing: £1450

For a room of your own the single supplement is £330

Our prices include: – Airport transfers from/to Malaga (to meet group flight times), accommodation and all meals as detailed on itinerary, excursions, art tuition and guiding

Our prices exclude: – Airfares from your home country, optional activities, art materials, visa (if required) drinks, gratuities & personal expenses

Where will your artistic journey take you this year?     Pictured above is Alcazba de Almería, taken during Sian's visit to Spain in 2017

Where will your artistic journey take you this year?     Pictured above is Alcazba de Almería, taken during Sian's visit to Spain in 2017