I loved the rocks and trees by the beach. I tried to capture it a few times.
Oh, it’s good to be home. I had a great time, and I am so incredibly inspired… but hell, it’s wonderful to sleep in my own bed. I missed my home, I missed my boys, and I missed grocery shopping in English.
I am so fortunate that I was able to paint during my visit. It’s not a luxury I would have had if I stayed in a hotel. I will be eternally grateful to my host for the opportunity. But as an artist looking for inspiration, I know that all I need is a sketchbook and a pen. The rest is a bonus.
My drawings started off a bit rough… after the first time out I was actually beginning to think I had forgotten how to draw. It has been a long time, after all. But persistence is one of those things that usually pay off. After a few days working consistently I started to feel more comfortable. My drawings improved. Then I discovered my new fountain pen has water-soluble ink… what an awesome discovery! I also got out my watercolours and did a few coloured sketches. By three weeks in I was doing a couple drawings a day along with whatever else I was working on. It’s like I found myself again.
Now if only I can manage to hang onto this feeling now that I’m back at work. Easer said than done, I fear.
I loved the archways and old light fixtures around the old section of town. The roads were very narrow
I got out the watercolours for this one. Not quite what I was seeing, but it’s a reminder.
Roof tops along a narrow road in Albufeira. I loved these old fashioned lights and balconies off the upper floor doorways.
The church steeple in Silves
A sketch showing the details in one lamp seen in Lisbon.
I saw these little vehicles in both Albufeira and Lisbon. There is space for 2 or 4 passengers and a driver, and they offer tours of the very hilly cities. An easier way to get around than walking, but the costs could get a bit much if you are travelling on a budget
Storks nest were everywhere around the Algarve… even on the church steeples. I did draw a stork, but from a photo not life. They didn’t stay still long enough
A weird fish-like sculpture in the courtyard at the Castle of S. Jorge in Lisbon
More rocks and trees. The trees had this umbrella like canopy. Reminded me of the illustrations in Dr. Seuss books.
Every now and then there would be a pie shaped building, with a curved corner. They often had a door, along with the door/balcony on the 2nd floor, right on the corner curve.
This archway joins two buildings, but also provided an entryway to another section of the town. I saw this here and there around the areas I visited.