2021 – South Down Photos & Testimonials

Sophia Flowers

I really loved this year’s Art Residential!  Sophia does a fantastic job of putting together a very relaxing, funny, informative and, of course, creative experience.  Thank you Sophia, great tuition!  Great holiday!


I had a wonderful week spent painting and visiting local places of interest.  Sophia is a delight, making the whole experience warm and encouraging.  She is a very talented artist whose intent is to help you explore your own individual style and simply enjoy yourself.


Sophia Flowers

I certainly enjoyed myself on this well organised holiday and although I was painting in oils, I was inspired by those around me using other mediums.  I even had a go at the acrylics on the last day!  The day trips out were just right and added to a wonderful trip away.  Thank you Sophia. 


Thank you Sophia for a thoughtful and well organised holiday.  It was a success.


Sophia Flowers

I have been on two holidays with Sophia as a tutor and have found her to knowledgeable about the problems in creating a painting.  Sophia is particularly good at putting novices at their ease and encouraging them in the various stages.  Thank you for a lovely holiday.

Peter G

Sophia is patient and encouraging in enabling me to bring out what I truly wish to paint even if it is totally different from everyone else.  By the end of the first day, I felt I was getting the colours and feelings that I wished to express in painted format.  The friendly atmosphere made it a relaxing and enjoyable holiday – we had a lot of fun.  Thank you Sophia.


2019 – French Photos & Testimonials

Sophia Flowers

I’ve just come back from a lovely painting holiday in France with Sophia.  I enjoyed the experience of painting more than I imagined and found it very relaxing, enjoyable and creative.  I’ve never painted before and surprised myself with how well the paintings turned out.

Sophia is a great teacher.  I wasn’t feeling confident in myself at first, but she was so patient and positive with me.  The villa, food, hospitality and company were excellent.  I’d definitely recommend this painting holiday.


Just had a wonderful holiday, painting with some lovely people – lots of fun and we never stopped laughing.  The villa was absolutely beautiful with food and wine to die for!!


Sophia Flowers

It was the first time I had been abroad and I couldn’t have chosen better.  Sophia arranged everything she could for all of us whilst being inspirational and compassionate to all those she taught.  The whole group had lots of laughs and fun and there was plenty of good food and  wine.


This holiday gets better each year – the amazing location is so quiet and peaceful.  The local food and wine is really top notch and to be guided through various paintings in this setting is a joy.  A very relaxing week.  I am still amazed at the paintings that Sophia manages to get me to achieve – I could easily do a month of painting on this holiday!


Sophia Flowers

I have recently returned from a painting holiday in France organised extremely professionally by Sophia Flowers.  The holiday was held at a charming luxury villa near Carcassonne, set in undulating countryside.  The owners, Alistair and Janine, made us extremely welcome providing out of this world food, wine and very friendly hospitality. 

The group bonded from the start and have since met as we now have the common interest of painting.  The holiday was a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience and can only be highly recommended.  Thanks Sophia.


Sophia Flowers

Another fabulous holiday brilliantly organised by Sophia.  She achieved the right balance of painting and activities, while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere.  The painting provided new challenges with Sophia giving guidance and support while allowing each individual to develop their own style.  Wonderful food and wine together with a great deal of laughter meant nobody wanted it to end!


I have just had a wonderful and memorable painting holiday organised by Sophia.  The accommodation and food were top notch and we were situated in the most idyllic and peaceful surroundings, ideal for aspiring artists.   It was my first experience of such a holiday and I wish I’d done it sooner.  Sophia, as a teacher, is absolutely fantastic!  Her lessons were structured and great fun.  The group of budding artists, of varying abilities, were all treated as individuals and painted as such – none of us expected to produce a masterpiece, but a few almost did!  I can highly recommend this talented, fun-loving and inspiring teacher who nothing seems to faze!  Thank you. 


Sophia Flowers

I had never been on a painting holiday before and had some reservations, but I needn’t have been concerned.  I can honestly say it was the most superb holiday I have ever been on.  I loved every minute of it, in such a beautiful set-up and to have such good company.  The villa was fantastic up on a hill and the panarama so beautiful with the quietness of it all.  I loved the small nooks and secluded areas in the gardens and the rooms were first class.  The whole set up was five star and what lovely hosts in Janine and Alistair.  Thank you Sophia.