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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Microblog Mondays – museums in the time of a pandemic

The portuguese urban sketchers association has been giving workshops at the Bordalo Pinheiro museum. They were supposed to happen once a month, but with the successive lockdowns some had to be postponed and now there are 4 in a row, one or two weeks apart.

They used to take place in the afternoon, but they moved it to Saturday mornings from 9h30 to 12h30 because at one point there was a curfew on the weekend after 1 pm.

Now the country is starting to reopen so I didn’t have to make a reservation, especially because the presentation was taking place in the yard, and we actually got to be able to draw inside.

Though I think only 12 people were allowed inside at the same time. Which didn’t really matter because nobody else except us was visiting, and we were around 16 people but some of us stayed outside and there was a small annex where 6 people were allowed, though only one person per room.

The exercise proposed by the invited sketcher was to draw a frame using organic shapes taken either from nature or from Bordalo’s ceramics, write with a nice lettering the place and the date, and,as if it wasn’t enough, to come up with a monogram and sign the drawing with it.

( My drawing is above)

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Microblog Mondays- first shot!

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Finally had my first vaccine shot on Saturday, and as a good urban sketcher, I had to do the mandatory recovery room sketch.

I was pretty impressed with the organisation: there were columns of different colour chairs, I was told to sit on a green chair, then they called the people on the yellow chairs to go to the next waiting room, and afterwards they called the green chairs. There was also a row of pink chairs.

I told a lady who was rearranging the chairs that the colours idea was great and she was really happy because she was the one who had thought of it.

I hardly felt the needle. Actually a Brazilian lady who left at the same time as me said she didn’t even fill the prick because she was taking a selfie, and her daughter was wondering if they hadn’t faked giving her the vaccine.

And I felt quite ok afterwards, just pain in my arm and not being able to lift it but then yesterday after lunch, bang! The fatigue hit me.

Good thing I didn’t have to go to work!

Anyway, psychologically, getting this first shot was a huge relief.

Microblog Mondays- Sunday afternoon on the couch

Since the first lockdown, the urban sketching community has been doing interviews every Sunday with different urban sketchers who then at the end of the episode give you a drawing challenge. This season it is at the moment at 3 pm Lisbon time and since we are in lockdown, I have taken to watching it live every Sunday. This year there are not only interviews with sketchers, but also talks about artist’s sketchbooks, and this Sunday a show about Royal Talens, that had sponsored the Amsterdam symposium in 2019.

So we got to know all about the history of the brand and also how paints are made.

Plus interviews with several brand ambassadors and a Q and A session.

So I spent almost two hours on my couch watching the show. But I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty.

Microblog Mondays – getting back to normal (?)

We are slowly starting to deconfine. But I don’t feel particularly safe. Facemasks are mandatory in public transports and indoors but a lot of people don’t know how to use them. They don’t cover their noses or keep touching it, and they don’t always keep social distancing (a woman sat right behind me in the subway, in a half empty compartment)

Though it was a great pleasure last week to be able to eat at a terrace. Even if part of me was terrified, wondering if the cutlery and my beer glass were contaminated.

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The things I discover thanks to being an urban sketcher…There is actually a vineyard in Lisbon, overlooking the airport. And they do produce wine, a wine that has won several prizes (haven’t found where to buy it yet).Hardly anyone knows about it, because it only is open in harvest season.
If it wasn’t for the program created by the mayor with the Portuguese urban Sketchers because Lisbon has been chosen as the green European capital of the year, I would have remained completely ignorant.

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