Portraits at Martas #3

The last workshop was attended by Teresa – co-founder of local project Fruktsam – and Daniel. Both were really enthusiastic with the blind sketching exercises and in about one hour and four drawings later, their concentration was paying off. Results were showing and they were realizing that drawing has a lot to do with careful observing and that it is within reach. Thus was the mythical wall of talent cracked.

Teresa and Daniel

This was my blind portrait of them, while they concentrated on each other.

Portraits at Martas #2

Heidi and Amelie

The time spent at the workshops at Marta’s were peppered with visits from friends and family. Amelie and Heidi gladly took pens and pencils and started producing art – no directions required!

Patrick and Liam

 

Later, Patrick, Melissa and Liam popped up for fika. Melissa gave it a shot at some blind drawing exercises and was cursing me soon enough. It’s a tough one for starters! That reminds me: I should revise my drawing teaching program one of these days.

Melissa, Patricia and Liam

I had a blind drawing go at her also.

Portraits at Martas #1

During the exhibition, Holger and I were at Marta’s leading informal workshops about our own particular way of sketching. This gave us a chance to get to know how people relate to sketching, how do they feel about it, and if they would consider starting to sketch themselves.

During some of those gatherings, I got the chance to make some portraits. Here’s a chubby version of Patrícia.

Patrícia

Alex is a 10 year old boy that likes to draw sharks! Pity I didn’t get to keep one of his drawings.

Alex

Easter in Lisboa

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The easter holidays gave us a few days off to visit old friends and family in Lisboa. Dinner parties become so much cheaper in the local joints, and you can wash the food down with abundant wine without the need for declaring bankruptcy. Of course then you have to dissolve the thin film of oil that coats your oesophagus with aguardente, but by then, your senses have been numbed enough that you tolerate it quite well.

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Lisboa has a knack of surprising us with semi-secret places such as Park, a lounge bar sitting on the terrace atop a multi-story parking lot, right in the middle of the night action. The elevator was broken, so a  5-story climb up the emergency stairs was just the thing we needed to digest all the greasiness from the dinner.

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The price of the booze was above average, still, it was a privileged view over Lisboa by night coupled with some fine music. I was beat after 15 minutes, but the girls they just kept going for what seemed to be hours.

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Taxi rides home in Lisboa are a lottery. You get all sorts of taxi drivers: grumpy, happy, drowsy, political, racist, eloquent, nonsensical, you name it. Very few are women, and this was one of them. She regaled us with stories and anecdotes of her years as a taxi driver and as a Lisboeta. The most impressive memory was of the fire in Chiado in the 80s, where she was working back then. Something I was not around to witness, but was indeed one of those dramatic events that determine a turning point in a place.

A finissage turned middlessage

140506 Lund 02It was with great joy that Holger and I saw so many people coming to the finissage of our exhibition at Martas Café. A lot of people were already there, studying or having fika, and soon enough it was hard to tell who was there before and who came on purpose for the finissage. Still, they were welcomed into the crowd, just as we had wanted.140506 Lund 03Holger put up a few more originals on the wall, even though it was supposed to be the last day. Turned out that the girl who was going to exhibit after us didn’t have her paintings ready yet, so we decided to keep our stuff a week longer. Our finissage turned middlessage – if such a thing exists.140506 Lund 04There were drinks and snacks all around (including Suzanne’s delicious pesto crackers), topped of with twenty-something pastéis de nata Patrícia and me had brought from Lisboa (all gone in the picture in little under a quarter of an hour – great success!), the party hung on for as long as the Café was open.140506 Lund 01Many many thanks go to the Café’s staff who were extremely helpful and part-time curators of the exhibition: Marta, Olga and all the good people working there!