A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara

A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara

A strange and sunny day had hit the city when Pedro Alves and I decided it was time to face the mighty challenge of sketching the crown jewel of Roque Gameiro's portfolio. Beforehand, we had the minor challenge of having to climb half way up the São Roque hill. We've been avoiding this because of its time-consuming potential, but an unusually long break from work had blessed us. From the vantage point, with the whole downtown at our feet, we could pinpoint almost all of the sites where we had sketched in the footsteps…Read more
Rua do Século (antiga Rua Formosa)

Rua do Século (antiga Rua Formosa)

From the Alto da Cotovia, many stories have rolled down the hill - a cleptomaniac arsonist, doomed construction sites, an underground water reservoir that still exists to this date, with an unconspicuous underground path to São Pedro de Alcântara and branching out in all directions of the hill of the Jesuits. All these stories are already better told that I could ever tell them, right here. Our story is a much simpler one to tell: having depleted the Roque Gameiro sites in our jurisdiction (those which our lunchtime allows), Pedro Alves, Tomás Reis and…Read more
The cornershop of yummy

The cornershop of yummy

Ever since coming back home from Sweden, we’ve been getting reacquainted with Lisboa, meandering familiar old streets renewed with brand new establishments based on more or less innovative business ideas and hip cafés catering for the busy young creative class of the emerging design districts – seems like every corner of Lisboa aims to be one nowadays. Desde o regresso da Suécia que nos temos estado a familiarizar de novo com Lisboa, percorrendo as antigas ruas refrescadas com novos establecimentos, baseados em ideias de negócio mais ou menos inovadoras e cafés da moda…Read more
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
Classical ballet

Classical ballet

The awesome cooperation between Urban Sketchers Portugal and the Dance School of the Conservatory (EDCN) allows for sketchers to attend some of the classes and doodle the classical ballet and contemporary dance students in action. Taking advantage of this very intimate hours of these youngsters feels very weird at first - like an invasion of a private moment and space. But soon after the concentration levels are high, everyone just minds their own business and focus on what they love best - the students, the sketchers, the dance teacher, even the pianist who's…Read more
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