Trip2012: Day 2 - still exploring Santo Domingo on my own

July 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

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!
Map page (being able to access google maps on the iphone is handy!) and experimenting with mixes of the colours of Santo Domingo.

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!

Inside Alcazar de Colon- Very quick sketches standing up/ walking through the museum… loved it in here!

City Wall – Experimenting with different ways of drawing/painting stone. It was hot and extremely humid- a storm about to hit I think….

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!

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.

Fortaleza Ozama A real scribble without much thought- painted later in the same mood!

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!”)

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.

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

Yes… drawing my food… I am in the compulsive sketching mood now

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)


  • fabbo. Especially love that Hotel Frances courtyard.

    What a way to record one's big adventure.

  • Steven says:

    I was just telling Elizabeth Alley that I need to sketch more food like you and Kumi…. heh.

    Love your Panteon perspective.

    Hope you made it home safely from your worldly travels! One thing that's great about architects is the great travel sketches!

    We need to get you to Blacksburg. You MUST know some of the Architecture Profs here, right?!

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