After the first three epic days in Lisbon (read about it here) I was worried how I would last for the full week I had booked in Lisbon. But the next day Suhita and I decided to have a quiet morning (ie. not hang out with other sketchers) and we headed to the markets – Suhita has to sketch in a market everywhere she goes. But sadly it was too empty to be interesting for her, so we headed back to Praca do Commerico to sketch the classic view. This was my first version where I wanted to record how the arch relates to the expanse of the long yellow buildings which define the square – in other words, the big picture.
On our way back to the markets we stopped at the Lisbon Shop and was delighted to see a lot of merchandise covered with the wonderful art of Pedro Alves (more about ‘Pedro A’ soon).
Before I attempted to sketch in the food market, I needed a pastel da nata. So we tried one from a Manteigaria store in the Time Out part of the market – this is supposedly the best nata in town. And well… I totally agree. It was better than the famous Belem one.
The market was still very empty but we decided to sketch a fish stall where two ladies were working. I started by sketching the fish, to warm up, and then guess what happened? One of the ladies disappeared – and so did all the customers.
I know that I should have drawn the people first, but I’m so out of practice that I chickened out of doing that. Ah! I always learn so much when I’m sketching alongside Suhita.
We headed back to the hotel so Suhita could pack (it was her last day) while I went to Praca Luis De Camoes where a lunchtime sketchmeet was planned by Pedro Alves and Pedro Loureiro (two amazing local sketchers who work nearby).
Rob Sketcherman and I found a shady bench and started sketching.
Just for the record I have lots of great memories from a workshop run by Joao and Asnee in this location in 2011, but I was able to keep them to myself and not bore my friends with my stories.
We had organised to meet Pedro L for dinner outside Rossio station. I tried to get there earlier so I could sketch the facade but didn’t allow enough time. An incomplete ink sketch with some grey watercolour marker was all I could manage.
Drinking Ginjinha (cherry liqueur) from a ‘hole in the wall’ bar before dinner is apparently a big thing in Lisbon… so Pedro offered it to those that were interested before climbing a big staircase to get to our local restaurant.
Non-stop sketching dinners like this happened a lot more in the days of the early symposiums. I’m not sure why we don’t do it as often anymore – I know part of the reason is because we are conserving energy as the demands as an symposium instructor seem to increase. So it was really great to have a good meal and fun sketching like this once again.
Wow! I just realised that this long post only records one day – but it was a very special one.
I was intending to include the rest of my Lisbon adventures in this article but 45 images is too much in one go. So you will have to wait for the final few days.