Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Movement

Abstract art is reality, emotion, language that liberates itself. Only colours and forms matter where words are not strong enough - or not existent. 
A nice feeling to go back to my brushes after sketching so much...



Monday, 20 April 2015

Alentejo: sketches

Of course, in Portugal, I also drew. But I realized how delicate it was to make sketches in streets of remote areas. Even if Elvas and Évora are to find on the UNESCO World Heritage List, there are not Disney World. Many streets were definitely too private to draw in front of houses were people live in. 

Enjoy!











Sunday, 12 April 2015

Towns of Alentejo

Some towns are so beautiful that I would like to get lost in them for ever. 
I do not mean big cities, but rural towns where neighbours leave with open doors, greet the strangers who pass by, where the houses are crooked and the streets narrow.
I spent one week in the remote region of Alentejo, in the south-east Portugal, and it was definitely not enough. But the four towns I could discover (Redondo, Elvas, Estremoz and Évora) give a little idea of the appeal of the area. Enjoy!


Redondo


Redondo 

Redondo 

 Redondo

 Redondo

Redondo 

Estremoz 

 Estremoz

Estremoz  

Elvas 

Elvas 

Elvas 

Elvas 

Elvas  

 Évora

Évora 

Évora

Monday, 6 April 2015

Cork oaks: a singular beauty

There are some places that I would never leave. The region around the small town of Redondo in the region Alentejo (south-east of Portugal) is such a place (I had the luck to spend last week in a small wooden lodge in the middle in a cork oak forest. Of course, I also visited some historical towns and drew there - but that will be for another day). 
The form of those evergreen trees with corky are of singular beauty. Enjoy!