A hell of a couple of performances

A hell of a couple of performances

A room full of sketchers eagerly awaited the two performers of the Desenho Cru session of March. Some of them had heard that they were in for a special surprise. Warm up took some time as one of the performers couldn't make it. A substitute had to be found. Viktorija came to the rescue. The make-up artist from Lithuania turned into her own model and demonstrated on herself the transformation of make-up. She showed the long process women go through privately or in pairs, in bathrooms, languidly and meticulously, sipping red wine and enhancing her red lips,…Read more
Poets in stone

Poets in stone

In Oeiras, a township next to Lisboa, there is a public park peppered with statues from Portuguese poets ranging from all epochs. It was the setting for an Urban Sketchers Portugal sketch meeting, last weekend. I decided to bring along Maria, my 8-year-old niece, given that she had shown great interest in sketching during the summer holidays. At first she goofed around quite a bit, being that some of the statues portrayed naked poets and she was in awe of their buttocks. But soon enough, while sketching David Mourão Ferreira's odd looking statue,…Read more
The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo

The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo

The sketch meeting in the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo was a nice excuse to get away for the weekend. In the debate of architecturally neutral museums and museums that parttake in the exhibitions within, this one falls in the latter category. It goes back and forth, down and up, meandering along an exhibition of real life ships and objects of life aboard a fishing vessel, plus many many shells and a fish tank with a few unfortunate cod fish. While during the sketch meeting, everyone was pretty much focused on their sketching activity, it…Read more
Agriculture 2.0: back to the roots

Agriculture 2.0: back to the roots

Ana and Zé are two former city-dwellers disillusioned by life in the concrete jungle. A year ago they made the move of going rural, becoming part of a small group of youngsters that are going back to the roots and to a simpler life. It takes a hairy set of cohones and a good warm wardrobe to pull it off, as the nights in the farmhouse by the Vouga river are cold and humid, but they might just pull it off. The foodstuffs are growing fast and lively and they easily mix the study of the elements…Read more
Nazaré: fish and record-breaking waves

Nazaré: fish and record-breaking waves

Nazaré is a fishing village in the coastal region known as The West, or sometimes The Wild West. Its beaches have wooden structures that were used to dry the fish upon arrival to preserve it so that it could get to the inland parts of the country. A funicular railway stretched up the cliff dating back to the 19th century, testifies the relevance of the town's economic development in past times. Recently, though, it has gained the world's attention due to a couple of instances of record-breaking surfing on gigantic waves: the first instance in 2013 by Garrett McNamara (here's…Read more