After Paris I had a few nights in Barcelona, another favourite city of mine. It’s such an incredible place and I spent 2 weeks there in 2013 around the Urban Sketchers Symposium, so not only do I know it well, but I have sketched the city a lot as well.
This visit was about returning to a place I love for a little solo sketching and also to hang out with some of the amazing Urban Sketchers in the city. There is something super inspiring about the work of the Spanish sketchers.
And well the visit was super worthwhile – I have lots of thoughts and ideas as a result of this brief visit.
So here are some of my sketches:
After dinner Lapin of course had to draw me (see here) and so I had to draw him too. I haven’t been sketching people since Umbria (that is weeks and weeks ago!) so I was a little rusty!
One of the places I have a lot of memories is a vegetarian restaurant – Teresa Carles. I can still remember how much I loved the eggplant dish so it was fun to have it again. Lovely meal with constant memories of 2013 visits.
I was meeting a friend opposite Gaudi’s Casa Mila at 6.30pm so I turned up 30 minutes early to sketch. Sadly a wild storm hit a few minutes after I started sketching, but I was still able to finish it by sheltering under a nearby awning.
As an aside, I didn’t want to make a big fuss about Gaudi this trip and in fact I’m more interested in Jujol – another architect of the time who worked with Gaudi on a number of his buildings. Wikipedia says that on this building he ornamented the main apartment, finished the chimneys, designed the high-relief plaster bands that surround the wooden door frames.
So this is my first Jujol sketch for the visit!
David is a comic artist who was one of my first Sydney Urban Sketchers friends when he lived in Sydney. He is working on a great series documenting the stories in his life by a daily comic strip. Check it out here. I might appear in his feed in a few weeks time.
I was really inspired by his story-telling skills and will be following his work with a lot of interest.
Thanks David for a great time – it was so good to catch up and compare notes on where our art has taken us over the years.
Fact: There are just too many sketchable views and buildings in Barcelona!
Its actually the Fundació Antoni Tàpies housed in the former Montaner i Simon publishing house, a work of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The art on the top of the building is wild.
Aside. I’ve been a fan of Gaudi for many years (before his buildings were cleaned up and made popular) but I wanted to avoid crowds and sketch some other buildings this visit.
Jujol sketch no. 2.
Ha! most people know it as Gaudi’s masterpiece, but Jujol decorated the 1st floor, created the Sacras and added ceramic on the building’s façade.
The first person I met was Graciela – my number one commenter on Instagram. It was so lovely to meet her!
Lots of inspiring work produced by this group!
A great evening having tapas and talking about sketching.
and swapping sketchbooks and catching up with old friends (Swasky asked about BB so they got to reconnect!)
That night (it was about 11pm when we finished) I walked home rather than take the metro. I often avoid catching the metro as I prefer seeing more of the city. But in the end I did catch the metro the next day…
On Wednesday I spent from 11am-10pm with my sketching buddy Swasky in an outer suburb of Barcelona sketching Jujol buildings.
We also talked a LOT – sharing experiences, talking about sketching, teaching, social media, what we want to work on in our own art and much more. It was an amazing and inspiring day!
Our first stop was Torre de la Creu – an incredible building by Jujol.
I had mentioned this more modern crazy building to him earlier in the day. So we did the walk and then decided to set a 30 minute timer for our sketch (it was after 7.30pm when we started!)
30 minutes was not enough time for either of us, but it was fun to have a crazy challenge at the end. My sketch is decidedly wonky but I had so much fun doing it.
Thank you Swasky for a truly inspiring and amazing day! I got a lot of ideas from our chats and seeing the way you work. Hope to sketch together again soon.
And well that’s my collection from just over 3 days of sketching in Barcelona! So much fun and I felt totally inspired as a result.