During the Symposium, the last activity of the day was called "Drink and Draw", sketching in the bar area of "La Ribiera". There I was, not sure what to draw, so I went into one of the bars in the area to access the toilet. I had to wait for a short queue to access the bathroom, so while I was waiting I started sketching the cooks, two women from Cape Verde. When they saw my work, they were delighted and wanted to pose with my work.
On June 9,Although weather forecasts were not very good, about 20 watercolourists from Valladolid, Madrid and Zamora attended the meeting organized in Zamora by Mercedes Ballesteros. We could enjoy a great day painting on the street.
The 9th International Urban Sketchers Symposium will be held in Porto, Portugal, July . Last weekend I was fortunated to spend it in this beautiful World Heritage site. These are some of the sketches and watercolors that I made there.
In "Guardar Como", a group of artists meet every week for more than five years. We invite a public figure weekly; Musicians, writers, singers, bullfighters, dancers, sport players, etc. have been protagonists and models in these evenings sessions.
These are some of my works, portraits in situ, of the last sessions: Virgen de los Aguadores (Folk Dancing Group) . 16 May
Asunción and Julio (Dancers). June 6
M. Carmen Diago (Poet). 23th May
DaButti Raúl and Edgar. 4th of April
Lola Quintana (Writer) March 21st
Tali Honukai (Dancer) March 14
Ana Quesada (Musician) March 7
Rosa Rico (Spanish Song singer) 28 Febr.
Pablo Buisan (Sculptor) 21st. Febr
Laura Santamaría (Actress) January 17
I have compiled some of these portraits in a Flickr album. You can have a look at this below:
Drawings, and watercolors accompanied by some indications and notes of Bangkok in my sketchbook. There are innumerable thems to collect in the notebook; the temples, streets, canals, ... but especially the people. Thais are willing to be drawn and grateful to see themselves portrayed in my notebook. Buddhist monks, market vendors, subway passengers, ...
Due to the vast network of canals and waterways, Bangkok and the surrounding area, were formerly known as the Venice of the East. In ancient times the whole city
was crossed by hundreds of channels. Khlongs are canals that extend into the
city from the main river that runs through Bangkok to the Chao Phraya River.
Unlike the east side of the river, the modern Bangkok, where many canals were
drained and filled with dirt to build asphalt roads, the west side of the city
still retains many of its water channels, which today serve as main roads of transportation
in that area of the city.
The canals of Bangkok are full of long bow boats; Longs, which function as a taxi, taking from one place to another the citizens who live in them for a small fee, boats of street vendors and other service boats such as the postman or the butane supplier who do their door-to-door delivery.
Thonburi, in the western area of Chao Phraya, is one
of the oldest and most intact areas left of Bangkok. We discovered small wooden
houses on stilts, children swimming in the river, fishermen ...
Some places seem quite poor, but you can also see
beautiful houses, temples ...
Even nowadays canals are still used as transportation in areas in and around Bangkok., and therefore people would tend to sell things directly from their boats, and congregate in certain areas to have floating boat markets.
One of the most popular is Khlong Lat Mayom (ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม) – situated in a lovely green lush area with an abundance of good food to eat.
The grilled snakehead fish (ปลาช่อนเผา), despite its scary looks, is incredibly delicious. fresh, and grilled
Bangkok es por sus canales llamada la Venecia
del Este. Antigüamente toda la ciudad estaba surcada por cientos de canales. Los khlongs son canales que se extienden
en la ciudad desde el río principal que atraviesa Bangkok, al río Chao Phraya. A diferencia
del lado este del río, la
Bangkok moderna, donde se drenaron y rellenaron muchos canales
con tierra para construir carreteras de asfalto, la cara oeste de la ciudad
todavía conserva muchos de sus canales de agua, que sirven hoy en día como vías
principales de transporte en esa zona de la ciudad. Los canales de Bangkok
están repletos de barcas de proa larga; Longs,que funcionan a modo de taxi, llevando de un sitio a otro a los
ciudadanos que viven en ellos por un módico precio, barcas de vendedores
ambulantes y otras lanchas de servicios como el cartero o el butanero que hacen
su reparto puerta por puerta.
Thonburi , en la zona
oeste del Chao Phraya, es
una de las zonas más antiguas e intactas que quedan de Bangkok. Descubrimos pequeñas casas de madera
sobre pilotes, niños nadando en el río, pescadores ...
Algunos lugares parecen bastante pobres, pero también se ven casas
hermosas, templos ...