Arriving back in Lisbon after a day in Sintra we wandered the busy streets looking for a good restaurant for dinner. When the sun set and darkness descended we had just trudged up yet another steep street when we arrived at Largo do Carmo, a small square where people were dining under the night sky while watching a fire juggler.
We ordered an assortment of small plates and wine and the fire juggler was replaced by Bossa Lounge, a group performing Brazilian style music, Girl from Ipanema, smooth jazzy and romantic.
I needed a day off from wandering and the Museum of Marionettes in our neighborhood was the perfect break! An opportunity to sketch stationary objects up close. There were few tourists and even chairs you could pull up to sit on.
The puppets/marionettes represented cultures and their stories from all over the world. I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed copying the art of others so much. The artists’ names are on the sketches.
The final day in Lisbon was a real work out in Mario Linhares’ (almost 10 hour long) workshop, “Warm Up for Porto in Lisbon”, which started at the top of the city, worked its way down and then up along the river. He delivered on all his promises to get us ready for the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto, including teaching us some Portugese which would come in handy!
The workshop started at the Miradouro. That blue line you see is the wide river beyond. We stood or perched on the wall for the first exercise of sketching the entire cityscape below.
First we used directional lines to just sketch the roofs. . .
then added color, and soon dashed for cover as the sky opened up for a good drenching, after which the sun returned and we added a title and story text to finish the piece.
In the next exercise we were to use four different media for four different five-minute sketches in different locations as we descended the steep steps into the Alfama area AND the sketches were to be connected into one piece on the page. Got that? As we were digging in our bags for pencils and stools and watching our step, I was thinking “this is impossible” but actually it was quite fun.
And the reward was lunch at Santo Antonio de Alfama with endless servings of tapas.
And time to get to know the international group of fellow sketchers!
from the U.K., South Korea, Hong Kong, France, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, and of course Portugal.
There was more to the day, but I’ll never make it to Porto unless I stop there, with a big thank you to Mario for a great day to wrap up my stay in Lisbon.
Next: Arrival Porto