It turned out to be a big output day despite being surprisingly relaxing… doing a number of quick large panoramic landscapes. These are impressive in scale in my sketchbook but translate poorly to my blog – so I have cropped them a little so they are not so small. When I put my issuu edition together you will get a better feeling for them.
Being around Lynne Chapman was one of the most inspiring follow-ups to Richard Alomars “Unfolding Story” – she just didn’t stop sketching once all day- recording every part. Suhita is also quick to pull out her sketchbook.. so when I arrived at the front of the hotel after breakfast- they were already sketching…and Lynne never stopped.
The gang had met at the base of Sugarloaf early to beat the crowds. We settled down in a comfortable spot to do the view back to the city. This was the start of over 6 hours of sketching together – bouncing ideas off each other…and basically all having a grand time.
Suhita has put together a wonderful group post over on the Urban Sketchers blog which I recommend you check out. Not only is is full of incredible paintings but it describes how we inspired each other that day.
My first two sketches were from this spot – very fast and using different tools – watercolour pencils focusing on the hills and then using my sailor pen for the second sketch trying to record how the built form integrates into the landscape.
I made the mistake of putting my sunglasses on – something I never do when I am painting. I was reminded why – just a bit heavy handed and then to make matters worse I closed my book and got paint everywhere… so this sky involved a lot of scrubbing.
I then moved to the shade(others were already there) and quickly did this one preserving more white.
The gang for the day – Claudia (Australia/Brazil), Suhita (USA/India), Lynne(England), Esther (Scotland), Marc(Canada), Me, Shiho(USA/Japan), Omar(Berlin/Ecuador)…and of course Laurel too who takes all the wonderful photos. We certainly have a spread of nationalities!
As much as we wanted to stay up for the sunset… the cloud was closing in so we headed down.
The beach was very empty – no good icecream to be found and it was quite chilly. Not quite the Copacabana experience we were expecting… but of course, it goes without saying it is a spectacular location. And I always get excited on an occasion for getting my feet in water.
I keep thinking to myself… have I really now been to Rio? It is one of those famous cities that you dream of going to many years but never expect to visit… but yes I have been there – I have the sketches as a record!!
We ended the day with a lovely dinner. What a great day (am I sounding like a cracked record???)
This turned out to be the last full day sketching I did in Rio… my ‘pollution’ sore throat (or so I thought!) turned into something nasty… but there are still some exciting adventures to come!