There is a lot of chores and planning in putting together an exhibition, even such a small one as this one. So, with all the improvising and all the late-coming ideas, this has been more of a active laboratory than a passive exhibition for Holger and me.
We decided to commit to a few days where we would be present at the exhibition. This would give us a chance to talk to people, witness their interest, even probe for candidates for future sketching partners. Since the exhibition is behaving like an analog blog – new sketches and paintings keep appearing day after day – we decided to call these dates “artist online” dates.
Martas Café is located in Lund’s city public library. Going there almost every day, I realized that it is the office of a lot of people. Faces begin to look familiar. Tastes too – all the delicious pastry is baked here by Marta. And it’s finger lickin’ good!
A sunny mid-March weekend had me flying from Copenhagen to Lisbon to Faro and back in little over 40 hours. The effort was worthwhile because I was going for the wedding of one of the dearest persons in the world to me – my little sister.
It was a true designer’s wedding: simple & sleek, with a touch of fun and a tad of emotion. But it took a whole lot of jet fuel to make it happen: people from all over Europe travelled to the tip of the continent to attend. It has to mean something that a couple can have such magnetism over so many square mileage.
Proud moms and pops were too busy going around to be caught on ink. There was just too much going on. Of course, it always felt there was more to be done in the few hours there than to sketch, although the temptation to record the fleeting celebration was always hovering around me.
Wouldn’t have missed it for the world, sis!
My friend Holger Wendt and I just finished setting up an interactive exhibition at Martas Café, in Stadsbiblioteket in Lund.
The exhibition shows some of our work as daily sketchers. It features some original works in watercolor and ink, as well as copies of our sketchbooks.
The exhibition is set up as an analogue blog. Some of the paintings and sketches will be added and some will be removed as time goes by. Visitors will be able to comment on the works by writing or drawing their comment on post-its available on site and sticking it to the picture they want to comment on.
In some days, to be announced, Holger and/or I will be present (we’ll be online!) and talk to people, answer questions, sketch portraits, making sketch-duels with the visitors or leading informal workshops under the themes “Storytelling by sketching“, “Sketching on the road“, “Zen drawing” and “Portraits“.
The results of the workshops may be posted on a wall reserved for the visitors’ sketches.
All are welcome and be sure to comment and participate! Pictures to come soon!
A warm thank you to Eduarda Loureiro for the design of the poster!
Thomas is a frequent flyer at our foldable couch. He is an architecture student from the Netherlands that we met a couple of years ago and became good friends with. Everytime he visits his family up in central Sweden, he takes the opportunity to stop by and visit. On this occasion he was on his way back to the Netherlands.
This time he was driving his brand-new second-hand end-of-the-century Volkswagen Polo and, to cut costs, he went online to a hitchhiking website. Mercedeh was going from Norway to Germany, so it was fortunate for both of them to have met each other. While dining in Lund, we shared some music and customs from each other’s countries. Mercedeh could do the thing with the snapping fingers that only Iranian nationals can.
We’re way past 2001, but the tools that were pictured in the future bits in 1968 Kubrick’s classic still feel strangely different from the tools that we have now. A website is a tool. Its purpose is not to beat up other monkeys nor to travel in space, but to show to the world a little bit of who we are and what are we all about.
As an employed professional, I never felt the need to showcase my own work, as that was naturally being done by the company that I represented. And regarding my sketching activity, I was happy enough with sharing the sketches and stories in the collective blog Urban Sketchers Portugal. When moving to Sweden, I started publishing them in Urban Sketchers Skåne. And that was also working well enough too.
But it all changed while embracing the freelance way of life.
The very practical need to showcase my professional freelance portfolio arose. Something to wrap up a meeting with, to be on the way while leaving some thoughts on the coffee table.
The feeling also came that I should have my very own little chunk of the internet where I could share my sketched adventures. It’s been going on for years now, that I sketch and then show around the sketches to people around me. It’s a way of recording a journey, be it on a long travel to another continent or a night of hanging out in a local bar. If I sketch it, it feels like the story of a travel. And the people that are sketched become characters of this story.
This website has been on a long walk through the woods. Plans for it began several months ago, but the actual labor only started a few weeks ago. Some unforeseen obstacles and every other menial (or otherwise) task just seemed to push its birth further and further away.
So, without further ado, I bid you welcome you to my website and sketching blog. Feel free to browse through my work and have fun roaming around my sketched stories. I hope you like what you find and please comment on the work and the sketches. It’s good to have your feedback!
Enjoy our journeys together!