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I’m determined to catch up with real time (those of you following me on Instagram will already know we’re just back from Amsterdam) but first I want to finish showing the work inspired by a lovely, sunny holiday to Spain last year.

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Another tick on the bucket list was a visit to La Mezquite, the local name for the great Mosque even though it’s officially a Cathedral now so is sometimes also referred to as The Cathedral of Cordoba.

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It is enchanting, so atmospheric and mesmerising.

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The structure itself is awesome and mind-boggling (try drawing that!) but the history of it’s development is the same.

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Originally the site of a Roman temple and then a Visigoth church (nomadic Germanic peoples) it was later built on and extended by generations of Muslim leaders. In the 1200’s it was converted to a Cathedral with no building changes and then in 1520’s after lots of arguing it got it’s Spanish Cathedral makeover.

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When it was a Mosque is was a simple rectangle and was built onto to accommodate a growing population by adding further aisles which gives the amazing views of stripy, painted arches and aisles.

Claire_Leggett © Cordoba Interior

Claire_Leggett © Cordoba Interior

I did do some drawing on site and have so far painted the piece above but there’s lots more inspiration on my To Do list – it’s hard to keep up!

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One last Spanish post soon – hope you’re enjoying my travels and art x

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Back in time again to our visit to Granada last Summer and I wanted to show you the wonderful Alhambra.

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Set high up on a hill overlooking all of Granada is this exquisite place.

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It’s made up of several buildings which have become the Alhambra but its first building dates back to C9th.

© Claire Leggett Patio de Arrayanes

© Claire Leggett Patio de Arrayanes

Improvements were made and destructions too by various rulers along the way and then in C18th it was abandoned with restoration beginning in C19th.

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Despite all that chequered history, it’s amazing that so much of its beauty remains.

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And it is simply really beautiful with craftsmanship of the highest degree and wonderful gardens and it’s kept a mood of the past about it too.

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Most of my painting from Spain has centred on this building partly because visiting it been on my wish-list so I was determined to make the most of it and partly because it appeals to the designer in me (all those patterns) and the painter in me (all that scenery and foliage).

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I’ve saved all the tiles for a special blog-post of their own!

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This collage sums up the mood of this place for me – old textured building materials, light and shade, the smell of oranges and perfumed flowers and the welcome cool of a trickling water fountain.

The Alhambra, Granada

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Thanks for all the comments and likes on the last piece – I made a Flip-a-gram  over on Instagram if you fancy a look head over (link at the side).

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I have a thing for rooftops – love the patchwork look to them.

I also really love the process of painting overlapping geometric shapes and breaking them up with the swipe of a paintbrush to depict a tree.

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It was hard to find colour in this scene and after I’d painted it quite brightly I decided to give this a chalky white wash.

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I can see a pattern repeat crying out to be made from some of these little sections.

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Thanks for visiting today x

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Back in August of last year we holidayed in Spain and I posted about it here. I love to travel to new places most particularly because of the new inspiration it brings for paintings and designs and I love to record it all.

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However I have analysed myself and realised that I take so many photos and document everything that the quantity of the following work can be too over whelming to begin, and so I don’t. And/or I leave to too long and the moment’s passed and the inspiration is stale and goes to waste.

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So I have been determined to change this pattern and have been working away at Spanish inspired things in between other work and commitments and I’d like to share and record it here. So seven months later here’s some of my holiday snaps and the work its inspired.

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We began with a week in Granada which in itself is a lovely city (can only vouch for the old part as we never went any further) It has all the old buildings and culture that you’d want plus a young beating heart  – it mixes the two well. I was also surprised to find all the same things in shops that we’d bartered for in Marrakesh but sold without the stress here!

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 Granada is very hilly and the payoff for a hike is the view. I happen to love a roof top view or one where the land looks thrown out like a patchwork quilt.

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 I used acrylics for this piece and was trying to match my joy of the place with my experience of painting it – sometimes I try too hard and loose the essence. So I layered it up letting colours show through and applied a Fauvist approach by turning up the saturated colours next to the cool ones.

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I kept a painterly and patterned approach because that’s what I saw looking out over all those geometric shapes and loved every minute of making this because it was joyful to make once I’d released myself from any photorealistic necessity.

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Once I got going I couldn’t stop at one – I’ll show you the other one tomorrow.

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