Ithaca Painting Holidays Blog

Artworks from Ithaca Painting Holidays showcases paintings by Alan Dedman and Adriana Eyzaguirre and by people who attend our courses. Both Alan and Adriana have had an academic training in fine art painting, which is rare these days but essential to the business of teaching others how to acquire such skills. Alan Dedman is a qualified, experienced educator.

Landscape of Ithaca by Adriana Eyzaguirre Artworks from Ithaca Painting Holidays
Rafail by Adriana Eyzaguirre (Oils)

Above you can see the phantasmagorical aspect of Adriana’s work. How she weaves different viewpoints together so we get an overall impression of time, place and character. At the same time it is a portrait of a man and his dog.

Alan and Adriana are competent figurative artists who know how to apply paint in a meaningful way, to elicit visual poetry from their subject matter. Artworks from Ithaca Painting Holidays shows how two similar but very different people go about making artworks based on landscape subject matter.

Vibrant landscape study in acrylics of the Cumberland Basin by Alan Dedman
Cumberland Basin by Alan Dedman (Acrylics)

The large (8ft x 4ft) painting by Alan Dedman of the Cumberland Basin in Bristol, (supra) exemplifies will-power and drawing skills at work in the English landscape. Alan made this painting at the scene, ‘en plein air’.

Alan Dedman painting in the landscape Ithaca Painting Holidays
Alan Dedman painting en plein air at the Cumberland Basin, Bristol

Goats and Sheep by Adriana is an example of the way this Ithaca based artist celebrates natural subject matter on the island of Ithaca.

Goats and Sheep on Ithaca Ithaca Painting Holidays Blog
Goats and Sheep on Ithaca

Goats and sheep are amusing, able climbers. Adriana captures their motif alongside natural scenery and foliage.

Colourful painting of trees and goats by Adriana Eyzaguirre
Goats by Adriana Eyzaguirre (oils)
Watercolour of harbourside scene by Alan Dedman Artworks for Ithaca Painting Holidays
Portinaxt by Alan Dedman (Watercolour)

This watercolour of Portinaxt (Ibiza) by Alan Dedman, demonstrates the artists versatility and capacity to cope with varying mediums. It is an academic painting, showing how watercolour can be used to celebrate visual phenomena in a sunny, Mediterranean setting.

Island Landscape by Adriana Eyzaguirre Artworks from Ithaca painting Holidays
Island landscape by Adriana Eyzaguirre (oils)

Adriana’s ‘Island Landscape’ (supra) is a creative fusion of subject matter, gently illustrating the Homeric fable about Oddysseus’ return. The empty chair awaits, set on a crimson carpet. In the middle distance we see what might be Vathi; beyond that, Ionian sea and islands.

Colourful oil painting of Clevedon Seafront by Alan Dedman Artworks from Ithaca Painting Holidays
The Bendy Tree (Clevedon) by Alan Dedman (Oils)

Artworks for Ithaca Painting Holidays includes work done in the UK. ‘The Bendy Tree’ was painted, in situ, en plein air, by Alan Dedman. It shows sunrise at the West Coast, Victorian resort of Clevedon in North Somerset, embodying the symbolic Yew tree which has succumbed to the Krumholz effect.

Alan Dedman painted the subject over a succession of days between the hours of 5am and 7am – before going to work elsewhere. The light effects are crucial to the feel of the painting.


Dear Sue,
thanks for your interest in our course. We hope to see you there, in the meantime, can either of us be of any further assistance?
Best wishes
Alan & Adriana

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