Lisbon sketching tour

Lisbon sketching tour

A couple of friends traveled all the way from Istanbul with their multi-national art class, for a few days' field trip to Lisboa. I was honored to be invited as an instructor in a 3-hour sketching workshop/tour around the old squares of the capital's downtown. It was one of those rainy April days, and neither one of the sketching stops I had planned were sheltered. I had to resort to a sketchy (pun intended) plan B. We took shelter wherever we could and altered the route just enough so that we'd be a little bit more comfortable.…Read more
The historical downtown of Lisboa under discussion

The historical downtown of Lisboa under discussion

On the 21st of April, the Central Bank of Portugal, together with GECoRPA - A business organization dedicated to heritage, and ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites, held a full-day conference about the future of the Baixa Pombalina, the historical downtown of Lisboa, as a potential UNESCO world heritage site. The application process seems to be stuck in the meanders of political maneuvers and no one has the full picture as to what is actually going on. The conference's mission was to put everything in evidence and in perspective to everyone involved directly or…Read more
Freedom Revolution Workshop with Marina Grechanik

Freedom Revolution Workshop with Marina Grechanik

This saturday, we had the privilege of having Marina Grechanik from Tel Aviv, in Lisboa, for a Freedom Revolution Workshop. The motto was to sketch the revolution by telling the story of its heroes: the people. We used her favored materials and techniques, and I was deep outside my comfort zone, except in the first warmup sketch. The first challenge was to capture emotions in people's faces, with a quick gesture, with line or with a combination of wash and line. The sketches with less detail seem to be the most successful in…Read more
Sun and beer

Sun and beer

The afternoons in Lisboa are lazy when there's sun and beer and good friends are around. Lourenço came to visit Lisboa. I had not met him since he was in Sweden. And now, we could meet under the sun of our native country. He brought his entourage, which made the day more special. We were supposed to go visit Sebastião Salgado's exhibition - Génesis - but it was too crowded, so we took a detour to the Clube Náutico de Belém. While I had spent the morning learning about the rule of thirds in…Read more
Sketch meeting in Silves

Sketch meeting in Silves

The 18th of April was the International Day for Monuments and Sites. Several groups of Urban Sketchers Portugal met that day in cities with historical interest to celebrate the date. As I was going south for work, it was a perfect opportunity to get to know Silves from a different perspective - that of a sketcher. I got there early in the afternoon, but the sketching had been going on since the morning, mostly around the bridge over the Arade and the southern slope of the historical burg, between the river and the castle.…Read more
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