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‘New Beginnings II’ – a sneak peek into our exhibition

We are open! The sun is shining, we have had lots of visitors on our first day, and returning to the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol, on the seafront at Carvoeiro on the Algarve felt like returning home!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

We had our first visitor before we had even opened – whilst we were setting up a gentleman came in and asked if he could look round – he said he wanted to come early so that he could be our first customer!

We have lots of new things for people to enjoy – including some new bright and colourful acrylic paintings

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

Dave has a bigger selection of A3 and A4 prints of his wonderful photographs for you to browse through too:

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

And don’t forget our new ‘Print While-you-wait’ Service – if there is a photograph or Limited Edition Print that you would like – we can print it for you in A3 or A4 size – and you can choose whether to have it mounted like the ones in the picture above ready to frame – or rolled up in a tube ready to travel.

If there is a painting that you like from my website that has already sold – you can probably find a signed Limited Edition print instead – these hand-signed and mounted prints are unique to our shows – and there will only ever be 25 copies of each for sale.

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

This time we also have lots of smaller gifts on sale too – you can buy a colourful key-ring for only 1 Euro, or a large fridge magnet for only 2.50 Euros. Small Framed prints  complete the range for only 10 Euros – all perfect as little gifts or mementoes of your time on the Algarve.

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

All of the paintings are displayed on our own easels – they are all at the perfect height for you to view them properly – and you might be surprised at just how reasonably priced they are – we even have a ‘bargain corner’ with original paintings for sale for only 50 Euros

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

The hotel has lots of comfy sofas – so you can have a rest while you fill in a Free Prize Draw form – someone will be winning the beautiful framed photograph you can see in the shot below – it might be you!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

We even have a ‘kid’s corner’ with crayons, pencils and lots of ‘how to draw’ guides for children to enjoy – and that’s children of all ages of course (you’ll spot me down there if we are quiet!!)

Dave Sheldrake Photographer, Alyson Sheldrake Artist

We are open every day from 12 – 8pm – our last day is next Wednesday 29th May – but don’t leave it too long – we have already had one disappointed couple who came in as they had seen a painting they had admired through the window before we opened – and I felt so awful at putting a red dot on it as it had already sold!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

The hotel is easy to find – it is right beside the main square in front of the beach – you might well find me handing out leaflets and chatting to people outside – well it’s a good excuse to get out into the glorious sunshine!

Hotel Carvoeiro Sol map

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the newspapers, on-line sites and magazines that have supported us in this venture and given us some amazing articles and features – here’s just a selection:

Algarve Daily News 090513

Algarve Daily News 090513

Inspirations Algarve May feature

Inspirations Algarve luxury on-line travel club site

The Portugal News 250513

The Portugal News 250513

Tomorrow Carvoeiro May newsletter

Tomorrow Carvoeiro May newsletter

Algarve Resident 170513

Algarve Resident 170513

So why not come and see us – and please share this with anyone else that you think might be interested – we have already had the pleasure of meeting some old friends from previous exhibitions – and also making some new friends too – which is one of the best things about running our own show!

New Beginnings II art and photography exhibition, Dave Sheldrake, Alyson Sheldrake, Carvoeiro Sol hotel, Algarve

To see more of our work you can also visit our websites – just click the links below:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake website

and Dave’s work is on his new Photo Journal blog:

Dave Sheldrake Photography website

Thank you to everyone that has supported us – and a special thank you to Vicki and Julio at the hotel and the Holiday Inn for all their continued support. You are amazing!


Reflections acrylic painting boats Algarve Alyson Sheldrake

‘Reflections’ original acrylic painting © Alyson Sheldrake

The light makes all the difference

changing light, senhora da rocha, Dave Sheldrake Phtoography

© Dave Sheldrake Photography

The light out here is amazingly clear and bright – which gives me fantastic reflections for my paintings.

It has also inspired Dave’s latest blog post about the ‘golden hour’ of light and the changes you see happen so quickly in the sky. One of the shots is reproduced above for you and you can read his latest post and see the progression of shots via this link here:

Changing Light

You can also enjoy more of my art on my website if you like! Click the logo below:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake website

Have a great weekend everyone!


Joy, acrylic painting Alyson Sheldrake art

‘Joy’ acrylic painting © 2013 Alyson Sheldrake

Joy, sunshine and baby birds too!

Dave Sheldrake Photography White Storks

© 2013 Dave Sheldrake Photography

The top painting is called ‘Joy’ because it reminded me of summer and sunshine and made me smile! As soon as I saw Dave’s photograph of this flower I knew the painting would be called ‘Joy’

And the White Storks are back again – with babies of course! Dave has been busy photographing and journalling about them – you can read his latest post via this link here:

Shooting Storks in the Algarve

And for those of you from last week who remember my work in progress ‘Girls on the beach’ – it’s now finished – the client loved it – and it’s already packed and posted off to them!

If you want to see the finished piece – you can click the link here:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake

Have a great weekend everyone!

Our first ever magazine article!

We have had a fantastic week!

We are thrilled to be featured in this quarter’s edition of the glossy Inside Magazine on the Algarve – and stunned by the fantastic write-up – and coverage over FOUR whole pages!

You can click the front cover of the magazine here to read it online – we’re on pages 24 – 28!
Inside Magazine Front coverWe also had a brilliant Exhibition and Sale at the Hotel Carvoeiro Sol this week – we had so many visitors and met some old – and new – friends along the way.

Hotel Carvoeiro Sol Art and Photography Exhibition

It was a very successful week for us too – I have now sold 7 paintings in 7 days – and I have 6 commissions lined up for clients to get cracking on – and a studio that needs tidying up first!

Thank you to everyone that sent us messages of support and have encouraged and supported me along this path – I am loving every minute of this journey.

Thought you might enjoy some of our fab messages in our Comments book at the Exhibition too:

Exhibition Comments page 1


Exhibition Comments page 2

And as it’s Saturday – there’s just time for a quick ‘Six Word Saturday’ too:

Dancing the ‘happy dance’ this week!

You’ll have to read the magazine article to find out what that is all about!!

New websites!

I have been very busy all weekend!

For some time now we have felt that a shared website for both my art and my husband’s photography was not really fulfilling our needs – and coupled with the appalling quality of the images that Facebook reproduces, we felt that Dave in particular needed his own website.

So… now I have my own website showcasing my art – you can view my work and find out more about me and my art here:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake website

Click the image above or the link below to visit my site:

Art by Alyson Sheldrake

And… Dave also now has his own Photo Journal website which you can view here:

Dave Sheldrake Photography website

Again – just click the image above or the link below to view his site:

Dave Sheldrake Photography

We are really pleased with both sites – but now it’s over to you – what do you think?!

Dave Sheldrake Photography

'Golden Patterns' acrylic painting © Alyson Sheldrake

‘Golden Patterns’ acrylic painting © Alyson Sheldrake

Thanks for looking and we hope that you enjoy our work.

Art filmstrip


Algarve Secret Coast by Dave Sheldrake photographer

What we’ve been up to lately!

Golden Patterns acrylic painting by Alyson Sheldrake

Thank you to everyone that voted for my painting in the Sunday Share competition – it came a very respectable second and had loads of votes – so thank you!

I have also been enjoying painting another Pet Portrait and I shared on this blog how I paint these – step by step. Click on the picture of ‘Seamus’ below to read more!

Next on the easel is a big landscape!

‘Seamus’ close up of acrylic painting by Alyson Sheldrake

Our other blog Algarve Blog has been featured on the Expats Blog website – we’ve been interviewed! Click the image above to read the full interview.

And if any of you have got a minute free – would you mind voting for us in the    Expats Blog Awards – just click the logo below – thanks everyone!

And finally – as you can see from the photograph above – Dave has been busy with his camera – the skies and sunsets lately have been fantastic – so here’s another one for you to enjoy:

Algarve Coast by Dave Sheldrake photographer

Have a great weekend everyone!

The doors are open to our Exhibition!

It’s here! we’re open again! and we are really enjoying ourselves …

Portugal 365 Exhibition Flyer

We are back at the Holiday Inn hotel at Armaçao de Pêra on the Algarve and the staff are treating us like royalty!

Holiday Inn hotel

So we thought you might like to see some pictures of us in action!

Portugal 365 Exhibition

Our paintings and photographs

We have a wide range of original acrylic paintings and framed photographs for sale – at very reasonable prices! Framed A3 photographs are 45€ – 50€ and paintings are priced from 65€ to 95€.

If you are on holiday and worried about travelling home with a picture we can wrap it in bubble wrap for you to make sure it travels home safely in your suitcase. If you are interested in buying a painting we can even arrange to post it home for you for a small extra cost.

Portugal 365 exhibition

Art and Photographic prints ready to frame

We also have pictures and photographs that are mounted and ready to frame – prices from only 15€ – 25€

(You can also see my favourite painting here in the picture above!)

Portugal 365 exhibition

Our new smaller framed images

For the first time we are also selling smaller box-framed photographs – and these are proving to be very popular – they are only 10€

Portugal 365 exhibition

Our display stands are also working well – our work is easily accessible and ready to view – so why not come along and have a closer look?!

Portugal 365 exhibition

You can find out more about us and our work on our website A3 Art and we have a page dedicated to the exhibition here: Portugal 365 Exhibition which includes a map and directions to the hotel.

Portugal 365 Flyer image

Ben and Louise Taylor attended the Private View evening with the first printed copies of their new book about Moving to Portugal, which will be formally launched in the Algarve later this year. We also have a limited number of advance copies signed and available for sale at the exhibition.

Moving to Portugal book cover

You can read my review of this wonderful book here: Moving to Portugal Book Review

A3 Art filmstrip

We would love to see you at the exhibition – we are there until Weds 26th September every day from 10am until 7.30pm – and please tell all your friends too!

Portugal 365 flyer

Exciting week ahead


Silves Medieval Fair

Medieval Fun and a charity boat!

It’s Medieval Fair time again in Silves! Last year this was easily one of the best things we experienced and we can’t wait to go back again – we’re planning a few evenings out there!

If you want to know more about it you can read my post about last year’s Fair via this link here:

Silves Medieval Fair

Little Red Boat by Alyson Sheldrake

‘Little Red Boat’ acrylic painting © Alyson Sheldrake

And finally I can share it with you! ~ Here’s the postcard I completed for the Westhall Secret Postcard Auction – they raised over £5,000 in total – my postcard raised the same amount as Nick Clegg’s (and more than Frankie Dettori’s!) and I have received a delightful e-mail from the winning bidder on my postcard.