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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Trip 12 - Day 5 - Getting to the beach (among other things!)

D05_TU10_01 Medio Pollo Coffee
The day before the day before! The city was coming alive with sketchers.... very exciting.
However, I had the most wonderful afternoon out of the city- with an Australian friend and 2 Dominican boys - at the beach. This included waiting 2 hours at my hotel (getting used to Dominican time!) which was just the best time as it gave me a chance to do some more sketches.
D05_TU10_02 Parque Duarte
D05_TU10_03 2 Hr wait at Hotel Frances sketch 1
D05_TU10_04 2 Hr wait at Hotel Frances sketch 2
D05_TU10_05 2 Hr wait at Hotel Frances sketch 3
D05_TU10_06 Juan Dolio the beach
D05_TU10_07 Juan Dolio looking back
D05_TU10_08 Local driving
D05_TU10_09 Fish soup
Here ends Volume 1 of my sketchbooks.

Trip 12 - Day 4 - fellow Urban Sketchers start to arrive....

From the first day of my trip that I sketched with other USkers. A fun day outside the Zone (Zona Colonial) - with Daniel and Amber( fellow architects) and Miguel some nice looking modern architecture, local streets and the Malecon.

D04_MO09_01 Breakfast room
The breakfast room at Hotel Frances (only a day of so left before I check out so pressure to sketch everything!)
D04_MO09_02 Map
Combined map page of our adventures
D04_MO09_03 Museo De Arte Moderno 1
We visited the area where all the museums were- pity they were all closed on Monday! However we all enjoted sketching the outside of the Museo De Arte Moderno
D04_MO09_04 Museo De Arte Moderno 2
D04_MO09_05 Museo De Arte Moderno 3
D04_MO09_06 Dominican Food!
First meal of Dominician food- beans and rice!
D04_MO09_07 The Caribbean Sea!
Down to the ocean- the Malecon
D04_MO09_08 The Malecon
D04_MO09_09 Hospital Nicolas de Bari
Hospital Nicolas de Bari runis - quick sketch before meeting up for dinner
D04_MO09_10 First social dinner

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Trip 12 - Day 2 - still exploring Santo Domingo on my own

Day 2 – another solo day where it was just me and my sketchbook (still getting used to my surroundings) Rain in the middle of the day meant I retreated to my lovely hotel room but the rest of the day I went crazy with my pen and paint!
D02_Sat07_01 Plaza Espanola Map
Map page (being able to access google maps on the iphone is handy!) and experimenting with mixes of the colours of Santo Domingo.

D02_Sat07_02 Alcazar de Colon
Alcazar de Colon- Sketch of the home of Columbus - the oldest house in the Americas. I rushed this as the sun came out and it was getting hot!
D02_Sat07_03 Inside Alcazar de Colon
Inside Alcazar de Colon- Very quick sketches standing up/ walking through the museum... loved it in here!

D02_Sat07_04 City Wall
City Wall - Experimenting with different ways of drawing/painting stone. It was hot and extremely humid- a storm about to hit I think....
D02_Sat07_05 Panteon
Panteon -Getting hungry but one more sketch- surely I can do that. Inside a very nice church which wasn't that cool inside (sadly) I realised doing this sketch that I should have a warm grey WC pencil with me for church interiors and am very thankful that Jessie brought me one a few days later. I add a little WC pencil inside the church and then added watercolour over the top later. Fun to draw spaces like this!
D02_Sat07_06 Hotel Frances Courtyard
Hotel Frances Courtyard - This is one of my favourite sketches of the trip. I rarely fill the spread with a single sketch... I am really pleased that this captures the feeling of the verandah- I sat here a lot in the first few days finishing pages.
D02_Sat07_07 Fortaleza Ozama Quickie
Fortaleza Ozama A real scribble without much thought- painted later in the same mood!
D02_Sat07_08 Fortaleza Ozama
A quick (but slower) sketch of the fort- while talking to a guide and a guard who were amazed at someone sketching ('be prepared to see a few more soon!")
D02_Sat07_09 San F again Combo
San Francisco again - I was not very happy with this sketch ...trying not to be too hard on myself as I was still lacking in sleep and a little jetlag-shaky.
D02_Sat07_10 View from SanF steps
View from SanF steps - Trying to sketch and paint a little slower and as I had no one to talk to - I chatted away to my sketchbook... recording my thoughts
D02_Sat07_11 Room Service
Yes... drawing my food... I am in the compulsive sketching mood now
D02_Sat07_12 My Room
Can't believe how big my room was. It was really great to stay here in the days before the symposium. I was also glad was to move down to the Mercure with everyone else when the event started (the bigger room would have been a waste since I spent very little time in the mercure)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Trip 12 - Day 1 - out sketching on little sleep!

Sketches from my first full day ... I am totally amazed at how much I achieved this day as I was somewhat sleep deprived. My philosophy to fight jet lag is to be out in the sun and fresh air, walking and sketching as if I was all ok. It worked this time!!

D01_Fri06_01 Breakfast
Feeling a little shaky (lack of sleep) and first time in a developing country with no spanish... so I took it easy...still sketched my breakfast but used a waterbrush. More details of breakfast and my hotel coming up....
D01_Fri06_02 First sketch (cathedral)
Text says it all... rather overwhelmed by this experience - unsure how safe it was and not able to be totally aware of my possessions, try to speak to Spanish speaking people and sketch at the same time.... so I retreated into the quietness of the cathedral precinct
D01_Fri06_03 Cathedral Courtyard view
Sketch from the quiet but hot courtyard to the south of the cathedral...
D01_Fri06_04 Cathedral Apse
Back inside to the cool for one more sketch before retreating to the coolness of my beautiful hotel room (I didn't let myself have an afternoon nap)
D01_Fri06_05 Cathedral Nave
After resting in the middle of the day I came back to the cathedral and attempted this complex scene... I am amazed that I attempted this!
D01_Fri06_06 Cathedral front (west) facade
A service was about to start so I went outside the sketch the magnificent west facade... having fun!
D01_Fri06_07 Monasterio Steps
Wandered up the hill to the setting for Marc's workshop - lovely and quiet (except for the delightful noise of children reciting a poem and singing) Lovely spot
D01_Fri06_08 Monasterio Door
Ok, in sketching mode when I do the "just one more sketch" What a day!
D01_Fri06_09 Hotel Frances Courtyard dinner
Too unsure of myself to eat out in public so I had an early dinner in the lovely setting of the hotel courtyard - the beautiful Hotel Frances.
What a day!!! (after putting this post together, I find it hard to believe that I did all these sketches in one day under such conditions....)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Trip 12 - Day 0 - my long journey

Probably the worst series of flights that I have ever done as I got on a 15 hour flight (good length for sleep) in the morning when I wasn't ready to sleep....

D00_Thurs05_01 Airport
D00_Thurs05_02 Journey Record
D00_Thurs05_03 First flight
D00_Thurs05_04 Second flight
D00_Thurs05_05 JFK Dinner
D00_Thurs05_06 third flight

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2012 Trip Sketchbooks

2012 Trip Sketchbooks by borromini bear
2012 Trip Sketchbooks, a photo by borromini bear on Flickr.

Back home... Unpacking done (more or less) and now I have the fun job of scanning 3 and a bit sketchbooks. For those of you that saw my trip prep calculations... I wasn’t sure if I would need the 4th book. Well I did – started it on Monday and have now filled 16 spreads. I DO want to slow down...but I just seem to get faster and more addicted to sketching.

Good to get back to work tomorrow and back to normal life!

Another sketch from final morning (upload didn't go through at the time)

Finished sketches (on the plane) of last morning in NYC

Stuck on the plane after being diverted to Brisbane ... Hitting 30 he joinery mark now!!!