Sincerest apologies for not posting more often….after a very quiet summer, working on portrait art and a personal project that involved sneakers and cursing…..I was enlightened with a very memorable trip to Málaga, Spain. It was a workshop titled Pushing your Sketchbook Boundaries, hosted by 3 different artists, Isabel Carmona, Miguel Herranz and Luis Ruis Padrón
Another Urban Sketcher from Stockholm and I traveled and bunked together and on top of visiting Málaga, learning from talented artists, and meeting a whole bunch of new artists, I had the pleasure to get to know a beautiful person better! So here I share a few of my photos and experiences. It was about the art, but also the culture and the food. Spaniards are loud compared to Swedes and maybe an octave louder than Americans too…it was nice to experience this. But they don’t sleep at night…that was a problem!
The start of a new sketchbook
early early flight Wednesday morning, sitting in Arlanda airport waiting for my traveling friend
One of the many “airplane” sketches I have done
Dinner the first night….ensalada and paella
I painted the mountains in Málaga from the beach.
After sketching on the beach we earned a cool drink…I had sangria, later I would learn to love tinto de verano, lemonade with a splash of red wine
Little salad, lots of fish, tasty but lots of it
Enjoying cool drinks and conversation the first night of the workshop
Getting to know each other the first night of the workshop
First day and we are off! Isabel is our first teacher….light and shade using watercolor
Isabel giving instruction.
Me and my traveling friend together.
Sweating it out…we are the pink group.
collection of our works with Isabel Carmona
Light and shade demonstrated…I wasn’t supposed to add the windows. I was reprimanded
While taking a little fika, or coffee break Isabel uses this chance to demonstrate light and shade with my face, haha
and the beautiful portrait that came from the demo
Afternoon session with Miguel Herranz, telling stories using mystery and different sizes.
Our collection from Miguel’s lesson
Dinner the first night…
Drawing moving targets with Luis Ruiz
Coffee break and sketching moving targets with Luis Ruiz after a tormented morning of failure, speaking personally.
Cool down session with Luis Ruiz, where he dissolves the mysteries of TREES! Very helpful, now to put it into action.
Day 2, afternoon session with Isabel. More light and shade, bigger building. That smile is an exhausted smile of imperfection, by 8:30 at night….that is all I could do.
Enjoyed some local culture at a Bodega, where Isabel showed us local Malaga wine…more like a sherry or port but interesting and tasty.
The wines come in sweet and dry varieties.
Luis Ruiz signing his book, and Joe enjoying a Malaga treat.
Dinner Isabel puts finishing touches on my portrait. That is not gazpacho, is it similar but with ham and egg….can’t remember the name.
Day 3, Miguel brings us to a cafe to sketch a story, using different angles, elements and mystery
So happy to have met this woman….I sketched her too!
The “pinkies” enjoying a pick me up….coffee and shade.
Luis Ruiz demonstrating how to draw. Well more than that but still…by now I am a bit punchy with the program…
Our final entries into our sketchbooks…well, from class lessons anyway…still plenty of room left for more sketches.
For me this was a farewell dinner to everyone, since I was leaving the next day early…El Pimpi
A memorable place for a farewell dinner.