Sunday, July 21, 2019

Postcards of Portugal - 2

Postcards of Portugal No. 2  At the eastern edge of the Town of Alburferia is a Praia dos Olhos de Agua.  We had hiked atop the cliffs, down along the beach and came to a Pescadores (Fisherman's) Yard.  There are bright blue huts standing as a backdrop to an off-white limestone cobblestone courtyard.  Lines and colors coming together creating a unique sense of place.
"Fisherman Repairing Nets", 7x5", oil on board

Monday, July 15, 2019

Postcards of Portugal - 1

Jon and I spent ten days in Portugal last March.  Our trip included Lisbon and three towns on the southern coast: Tavira, Albufeira, and Lagos.  I brought my sketch book on the trip but, ended up with more photos & writing than sketches.  

Thinking back on days of travel when we use to send postcards home, and in the interest of creating a stronger discipline around drawing and painting, I am inspired to create postcard size paintings of our travels.  My goal is to complete 30 in 45 days.  

Here we go... Day one.  A hike along the Algarve's coast outside of Lagos in early March.  We couldn't have asked for better weather.   The temperature in the upper 60's F, bright sun, and crisp clear skies made for incredible light.  The contrast of the deep blue sky, aqua marine sea, and golden striated orange clay cliffs were a sight to behold.  Spirit lifting weather.  Spirit lifting landscape!

graphite sketch 5-1/2 x 8"
"Algarve's Coast", 7x5", oil on board

Sunset OBX - Firepower

Sunset OBX - 5 x 5",  oil on board On what is essentially a thin ribbon of sand, stands a thread of high-wire communication lines...