Friday, 1 September 2017

Drawing August (2)

September is there! Since we had some rain on Tuesday, the air smells differently. 
It is time to show you my #drawingaugust postings from day 16 to 31. Despite of the lack of time, it was a pleasure to join and I had fun to discover the many art works of colleagues.

Here is a collage with the items from day 16 to 31, followed by my 3 favourites: matches, rucksack and secateurs. Enjoy!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

First rain?

I love the last days of August (this year, this month has been quite mild, and there were few jellyfish in the sea), where it is still possible to read outside (I have been devouring one book of Yrsa Sigurdardóttir after the other), to have dinner under the stars on the terrace, after a hard day's work. Very soon, I will have to bring my drying chillies that to safety: the first rain of the season is announced!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Drawing August (1)

I only heard about #drawingaugust in July on Twitter, asked a bit and decided to join. I thought it would be positive to have a concrete reason to perform one drawing or sketch per day and, improving my skills doing so (while enjoying looking at the creations of other artists), although August is always one of the busiest months at work. But now, it is already half time!
Because of the lack of time, I decided from the beginning that I only would draw items that are to find in my house with black ink: bucket and mop, hot sauce, liquid soap, chair and poncho...

Here are my postings from August day 1 to day 15. A collage with all of them and my three favourites: dog toys, knives and hoover. Enjoy!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Clear waters

This August is not as hot as it was last year (until now), and soon, tourist masses will gradually go back to work and school! Lukewarm evenings and nights will be missed though: it is now difficult to imagine how our seafront will be deserted at 7 p.m. in some months.
With those temperatures, it seems that my artworks becomes a bit blurry as well ;-)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Time flies - more than half AnimalAlphabet

Time flies: it is August already, and more than half of the #AnimalAlphabets (on Twitter) with endangered species is finished. Soon, days will become shorter and schools will open again (fortunately) ;-)

My two favourites are the cassowary and the Hawksbill turtle:

Friday, 28 July 2017

Coastal towers in Southern Spain

There are many watch towers in Southern Spain, all along the coast. I have always thought it would be nice to take a sabbatical and hike or bike from one to the other, reading about their history. Some of them are surrounded by nature, others are situated directly along the road (where it is difficult or impossible to park) or even in town, lost between concrete. Here are four of them, in three different provinces. The most beautiful area is, without hesitation, Caños de Meca, as it is a protected area. And from there, if it is not too foggy, you can see the Rif mountains in Morocco.

Almuñécar (province of Granada)

Torremuelle (Benalmádena, province of Malaga)

 Harbour of Benalmádena (province of Malaga)

 Caños de Meca (Barbate, province of Cadiz)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Sleeping under the stars

Days are heavy in Southern Spain in the summer, mostly too hot and too noisy, but the reward is there too: nights with a light breeze and no dew, making it possible to sleep under the stars, immersed in nature.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

City centre

It is July, even hotter than June, although June was extreme this year. Those temperatures make us all lazy, I try to keep working but it is difficult. I wish I were one of those tourists who are here on a holiday and can swim and sleep as they like.
But I also wish I could spend those summer months on a quiet island.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The magic of summer solstice

June is a special month! In our Northern hemisphere, it is the start of summer, and the longest days of the year have something magical. June has to do with vitality, energy and light. And hot nights spent outside with grilled sardines and wine, looking at the stars.

Monday, 19 June 2017

San Bernardino (Paraguay)

Twenty-five years ago, in August, we travelled to Asunción, Paraguay (with technical stops in Brussels and Dakar), and I began to work there two days after arriving at the airport. We only stayed until December, but those months were so instructive, astonishing, frightening and beautiful that Paraguay, in spite of everything, will always remain a special country and hold a special place in my heart - with its smells: yerba mate, lapacho (pink trumpet tree), fresh chipas (cheese-flavoured rolls)... 

Working and living a daily life in a country is not comparable at all with having a holiday at the same place (even a long one). On a holiday, I may (try to) read local newspapers to understand the political situation, but I will (normally) not go to the doctor, pay taxes, have to deal with corruption. 

Those sketches are made with India ink on paper, based on the pictures that my Paraguayan friend Olga made a week ago in San Bernardino, a small touristic town on the shores of the Ypacaraí Lake, about 50 km from the capital (thanks again for the pics, Olga). Enjoy!
(BTW: I wish I could win the lottery to take the next plane to Asunción).

Thursday, 15 June 2017


Andalusia is full of hidden gems. One of them is Fornes, with its lake Embalse de los Bermejales (province of Granada, Andalusia, Spain). At this time of the year, days are hot, but nights are still fresh. I wish I could have stayed longer in the old country house we rent for two days, listening to the horses and swallows, and in the evening, to the frogs.
Here two sketches with India ink and some pictures. Enjoy!

 Fornes (India ink)

Monday, 12 June 2017

From Asiatic Black Bear to Indian Elephant

Incredibly, how time flies. It seems it is always New Year or summer, and for the group of illustrators of AnimalAlphabets on Twitter, always A or Z ;-)
Six weeks already have passed since we have begun a new alphabet with endangered species, and here they are, letters A to I! 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

El Padul

The small town of Padul (or El Padul, province of Granada, Spain) has a lot to offer to walkers and people who like to observe birds. It is situated in a fertile valley, and surrounded by well irrigated fields and wetlands. I found many beautiful spots, but had only the time for a quick sketch and some pictures: it was too hot!
Wish I was still there!
Tree and field near Padul (India ink on paper)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Beach and meadows

After three severe storms those last months, they are now making our beach fit for the summer, with huge trucks and excavators. Very soon, mass of tourists will be here again, after one festival is before the next one. I prefer to escape to the countryside, that is still green if you drive North East (Alpujarra, province of Granada), and to listen at streams and irrigation ditches. If I am lucky, I will see a fox or a deer.

Friday, 19 May 2017


We have got terral since yesterday, that is a hot wind coming from the interior from north to south. At this time of the year, it is still enjoyable, while it makes temperatures increase dramatically during the summer. This year, I have been forward-looking: I have already ordered 10 books for hotter days ;-)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Going home

May will always be a strange month, some bank holidays, but different ones in every country or parts of them... A yearning for summer but, at the same time, the wish that advantages of winter could remain as well. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tulips in Warmenhuizen

Reality has little to do with memories. It is colder, wetter and more colourful. Houses have been build. Fields have disappeared. But tulips are still there. Many. Wonderful tulips!