Carries a stool? A sketcher, surely!

I was walking up a very steep hill this morning in Torres Vedras, on my way to a sketching meetup when a car stops next to me and the driver asks me if I was going to the meetup and if I wanted a ride.

We didn’t know each other, but she saw me walking uphill with my foldable stool on my shoulder, which is a big tell. Of course, some urban sketchers enjoy drawing standing up, sometimes leaning on a wall, but most of us carry a foldable stool or a foldable chair so we can draw more comfortably.

And really, how common is it for non sketchers to walk on the street with a foldable stool on their shoulder?

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Heritage sketching at the carnival museum

Ok, it is actually called Center of arts and creativity, but the permanent collection is all about Carnival, as it is a big thing in Torres Vedras.

One of the parts I enjoyed the most was listening to interviews of people who were involved in the celebrations ever since they were little, because all the family was involved. Didn’t have time to listen to all of them though, neither to watch the videos of the crafters who make the sculptures for the parade.

Every year there is this event at the end of September called a(riscar) o património (heritage sketching) included in the European cultural heritage days. And I have started to spend this day outside Lisbon. This year I chose Torres Vedras, as I have spent many happy moments there back when life was still normal.

At the beginning, part of me was thinking: “you’re crazy, getting up at 6 a.m on a Saturday to go drawing!” But it paid off. Another wonderfully spent day.

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Best thing about urban sketching: food

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Well, ok, I do enjoy the drawing part a lot, of course, but the social part plays a big role.

I love the lunches or snacks we have together after the workshops and the meetups.

It is not the same without them.

The picture is today’s workshop production.

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Mum, do the boats have legs?

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This morning we had a drawing class at the artificial lake in Campo Grande.

We were actually drawing the scenery/people from inside the boat. Which was quite challenging because when you are not rowing, the boat starts drifting so the view keeps changing.

Still, a lot of fun, plus I was in a boat with 2 women I have grown close to.

And then this little french song from when I was a child came to my mind:

Mummy, do the boats that move in the water have legs? Of course, silly, if they didn’t, they wouldn’t walk!

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One thing to look forward to

One of my colleagues gold me this week about this virtual travel website, and since Thursday I have lined up one or two tours a day, so I have something to look forward to everyday.

Beats “travelling” via Google maps. Here you see the country through the camera of the tour guide and you can ask him questions. You can even take photos and they are saved as postcards on your profile.

I leave you with a picture of plum blossoms I just took during a beautiful “walk” I just took in Koganei park near Kyoto.

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Sometimes unplanned things are the best

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I had gone to check out a house that turned out to be in the middle of of nowhere and while I was waiting for the bus back I called a friend to let her know I was OK (I had asked her to check upon me as when I saw the location of the house I was feeling unsafe) and she offered to pick me up. We ended up having a drink and walking along the sea. And ended the evening on mussels and limpets.

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Online has its advantages after all

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I mean, how else would I go to Barcelona for a life model session? I’m starting to get addicted to those sessions, normally I can only attend on Wednesdays, because I have started to work outside the house 3 days a week, but this Sunday there is a session with a Japanese model , so I really couldn’t let this pass.

And you have people from all over the world sharing their drawings : US, Spain, Scotland, Ireland…

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