The Zambujal stories

The Zambujal stories

The exhibition in Museu Leonel Trindade about the Castro do Zambujal, was the perfect excuse to visit the city of Torres Vedras, last December. It had been years since the last time I was there, and there's a lot of talented sketchers and watercolorists in the region, worth getting to know. I couldn't imagine a better way to spend a slow Saturday on the weekend before Christmas. A exposição no Museu Leonel Trindade sobre o Castro do Zambujal foi a desculpa perfeita para finalmente visitar Torres Vedras, em Dezembro. Passaram-se anos deste a última vez que…Read more
The year of the rooster

The year of the rooster

As part of the 54th Worldwide Sketchcrawl, Portuguese Urban Sketchers met in the most international square in Lisboa to join and sketch the Chinese New Year celebrations. There is no formal Chinatown in Lisboa, as opposed to many other cities in the western world where the Sketchcrawl will take place. But the Martim Moniz square is doubtlessly where the Chinese community is most present in the country. What stops it from becoming a proper Chinatown is that many more immigrant communities share the square as a hub, and they all add to the cultural…Read more
BM xmas party

BM xmas party

Broadway Malyan architecture firm is located right between Restauradores and Rossio. Though I'm there every day, seldom do I sketch this privileged view over the bustling squares. The December weather was warm enough to leave the windows open, while the snacks and the drinks were set. BM used the King's Room, where the king used to wait for the train in Rossio station, to hold its info evening - a wrap-up of the work the company had during the previous year, a few personal experiences and research from co-workers, and a glimpse of the…Read more
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