Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Trip Prep 04_Lisbon Red Roof Red

Trip Prep 04_Lisbon Red Roof Red
If you haven't already realized I hope to attend the 2nd International Urban Sketchers symposium in Lisbon in July. As such I am testing out the colours in my palette over the next few weeks to see if there are any adjustments. Thanks to Robyn, I have an unexpected colour begging to be included (Cobalt Deep Blue) but I think that I can accommodate it.See previous tests here

The other important factor is to do a bit of research as to the colours expected at my destinations and preempt how I might mix them - I know many of you do this too. So the Red roofs of Lisbon are a major consideration. Although the light and colour on location will be different from a photo that I have printed out, it is good to know that there are a range of colours that I can mix from what I plan to have in my palette. I rarely use Daniel Smith Quin Burnt Scarlet...but I think it wise to retain it for this trip.

For those of you who are not following the Symposium blog... this is what I recently wrote concerning my general trip preparation....

Right at the moment I am in the middle of some serious research as I know nothing about Portugal and Lisbon and it is important for me to have a foundation before I go. This includes:

- reading a history of the city,
- listening to some Portuguese music to get in the mood... enjoying some Portuguese guitar at the moment
- sampling the best Portuguese tarts that Sydney can make so that I can compare with the real thing
- possibly looking at a phrase book - I have absolutely no language skills so the fact that I have a book at all is an achievement!
- trying to find an architectural history of Portugal (doesn’t seem to be a book in existence written in English)
- searching the net for the all important reviews of good tearooms - apparently the English custom of afternoon tea is supposedly linked back to Catherine of Braganza from Lisbon who became Queen of England!!

5 comments:

  1. Love your idea of testing out the colours. Great sketch. I feel very envious of your trip to Lisbon, we went there years ago, fantastic City. regards to you, ann.

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  2. These reds are going to be such an inspiration for you Liz.I know your sketches are going to be inspirational too.

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  3. I'm trying to resist Quin. Burnt Scarlet. Still changing my palette for Provence.

    Love your roof colour tests.

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  4. Hi Liz, I had a holiday in Lisbon two years ago,staying in the Barrio Alto (AKA party town), and I loved the street art, so crazy and vivid, esp in this area, and I downloaded a portugese language podcast - very helpful for basic phrases. With all this preparation I am sure you will come back with great things.
    cheers Carol

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  5. Great to see your color tests--sky & roof colors! Thanks! I look forward to seeing your amazing artistic skill applied to Portugal. See you in Lisbon!

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