Dec 31, 2008
This spot in the village of Pardieiros, Beira Alta was painted at the suggestion of a local resident. As I had no suitable photo, I borrowed one from Beijós-Cinco-Aldeias. I added some details (people) and removed others (such as electrical wires). My thanks for the suggestion, to Willoughby and to Pardieirosonline.
Aguarela, 20 x 26 cm, Papel Fabriano.
Dec 27, 2008
This sight came to be because a forest fire destroyed the pine trees that used to hide it. With a little luck, the pines will be back in a few years. The barely visible village in the far distance is probably Tondela.
Aguarela 13x18 cm, Papel Fabriano
Dec 24, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Continuing through Alentejo, we are now closer to the village of Serpa where the rain – normally scarce – is now falling.
Aguarela, 22x30 cm, Papel Fabriano
Dec 18, 2008
This “Monte” or “Hill” meaning a typical homestead in the Province of Alentejo, traditionally on a hill, has a special meaning for some reason…it is located near the utterly beautiful village of Serpa. On the right we can see the country wood oven used to bake the great local bread.
Aguarela, 20x25 cm sobre papel Fabriano, cold pressed
Dec 15, 2008
This watercolor was born from this beautiful photo and depicts one view of the village of Casteição in Northern Portugal. Judging from Mara’s work, this is one picturesque place which is on my list of future destinations to visit.
Aguarela, 13 x 18 cm, Papel Canson-Montval
Dec 12, 2008
This Chapel of Our Lady of Miracles in Beira Alta dates from 1680 and has an annual pilgrimage every August 15th. This time I did a quick pencil sketch to help plan the lights and darks.
Dec 10, 2008
A song says that Coimbra is even more enchanting when the time comes to leave. I could not agree more having spent four years there a long time ago. I ventured to try a night scene this time.
Aguarela, 12 x 17 cm, papel Canson
Dec 9, 2008
This street in Cabanas de Viriato is named after the large water cistern that was used by local women to wash their laundry. The large yellow mansard towers over the scene which fortunately has not changed much in the last three or four decades.
Aguarela, 12 x17 cm, papel Canson Montval
Dec 6, 2008
Continuing our hike through “Miller’s Borough”, this house sits across the old street from the one depicted in the previous post, and in similar stage of ruin. On the bright side, the surrounding fields near the Beijós Creek, seem well cared for and cultivated.
Watercolor, 12 x17 cm, Papel Canson Montval
Dec 2, 2008
Neste pequeno trabalho procurei dar mais destaque ao lápis do que á aguarela.
Down the same road I came to the Bairro dos Moleiros or “Miller’s Borough” for the water mills along the creek. This is one of the most degradated houses which made me think of all the family scenes that may have taken place here. In this small sketch I tried to emphasize the pencil more so than the watercolor washes.
Lápis aguarelado 12 x17 cm, papel Canson-Montval
Nov 29, 2008
At least that is the name I gave this back road, not knowing its true name. It took me to a beautiful abandoned neighborhood of old farm houses and water mills. I took many photos and I want to use some of them to guide a paintbrush. I thank Willoughby and CPM for the directions.
Aguarela e Lápis 12 x 18 cm, Papel Canson-Montval
Nov 28, 2008
Aqui está a primeira.
Well, I hope to use this long Thanksgiving weekend to do a few more paintings from my visit in September. Here is the first one.
Aguarela e Lápis, 15 x 22 cm, papel Canson-Montval
Nov 26, 2008
Óbidos is difficult to describe without the temptation to use hiperbole. The village almost seems too perfect for the senses. This castle towers over the traditional whitewashed houses huddling within the well preserved medieval walls.
Aguarela, 28 x 38 cm, on rigid watercolor board
Nov 24, 2008
Este humilde sitio foi marcado por Mineke Reinders uma aguarelista que muito admiro e que visito regularmente aqui. Abaixo eu listo alguns outros sitios onde eu vou para aprender mais.
I have been tagged, and I thank Mineke Reinders for the honor. I regularly drop by her blog to enjoy her great watercolors. Some of the blogs that I regularly visit have already been tagged by her so I won’t be redundant, but I will list those:
And a few others:
Terry's Ink and Watercolor
Reflections on a life of medicine and art
Pequete's art journal
Estados de Alma
I am having %#$@&! problems with linking today so this list is not linked. I will try again tomorrow.
Nov 19, 2008
Esta é a primeira página do meu novo Moleskine.
Recently my dear brother sent me another care package bursting with good portuguese treats like Bacalhau (dried cod fish), Portuguese sausage, goat cheese etc…stuff I can’t find here in Memphis. As if this was not enough, this time he included two Moleskine sketchbooks which have a long and distinguished tradition in Europe. My great thanks for this great gift.
This is the first page of my new Moleskine.
Tinta da China e Aguarela, 13x21 cm
Nov 15, 2008
Guarda-Além is a neighborhood in the village of Beijós in Northern Portugal, near where I was born. It sits in a fertile valley with many farmed fields. This view is from Alto da Cadina.
Aguarela, 28 x 35 cm, Papel Arches
Nov 12, 2008
Serpa in the Province of Alentejo, is a beautifully preserved town that exudes peace and tranquility. Not to mention the great local food. I definitely recommend the “Migas”, a dish based on meat and crumbled bread with aromatic herbs.
Aguarela, 12 x 17 cm, Papel Fabriano
Nov 8, 2008
This scene caught my attention in a beautiful morning last September. It’s one of my favorite months to visit Portugal. Although I am not too fussy about timing, I am always ready to go…
Aguarela 12 x17 cm, Papel Fabriano
Nov 6, 2008
The Province of Alentejo has many scattered Chapels that were converted from old Arab Mosques dating from hundreds of years ago when the Iberian Peninsula was occupied by the Moors. This was painted for a local Portuguese friend here in Memphis where you can count the Portuguese community with the fingers of your hand.
Aguarela, 30 x 22 cm, Papel Arches
Nov 1, 2008
This is my second try at this scene in Coimbra, my old college town. I don’t like to paint the same thing twice, but I was not too happy with the first try. I like this a one a little better.
Aguarela 17 x 12 cm, papel Fabriano
Oct 27, 2008
Ah…back to my origins, to my childhood! This old house dates from the Eighteenth Century and I was previleged to have grown up here. I used to water the corn and complain about the skin rashes from that plant, but especially from the pumpkin plants scattered in the middle. Nevertheless, this was the center of my world, the only place where I would find inner peace. The old olive tree is gone, a victim of the new road. But I found the House beautifully restored, and I hope to come by again next year.
Tinta da China, 1986
Oct 25, 2008
Sometimes I try to loosen up and eliminate detail by working very fast, against the clock.
Once in a while it works. Not this time…Anyway here it is for educational purposes. Moral of the story – rush – but not too much.
Bairro de Almedina, Coimbra
Aguarela 22 x 30 cm, Canson Montval Paper
Oct 21, 2008
I want to highlight a new blog by a "cyber-friend" who shares not only my love for watercolor but also for old arquitecture. I greatly admire his unique painting style and I wish him the best of luck for "Postalguarelas" and also for his photography site "Esta de velho!".
Oct 18, 2008
Bem, este Setembro tive a fortuna de poder caminhar por estas bandas de novo e não pude resistir a passar por este lugar cheio de paz e tranquilidade.
I recently saw a photo on a favorite site of this farm in Portugal and I was taken by the scene. Turns out it is near where I used to try…in vain…to hunt birds in my teenage years with my weak BB gun. I think I remember the birds laughing at me…
In any event, this September I was fortunate enough to walk these paths again and I could not resist to come by this quiet and peaceful place.
Aguarela, 22x30cm, papel Canson Montval
Oct 11, 2008
Well, here we are back to the routine. Two weeks in Paradise seemed like two minutes.
Nevertheless, I took mountains of photos that I will soon put to good use. Back soon.
Leaving Portugal, just North of Cabo da Roca.
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 7, 2008
This is what I see when I open the windows of our family house in Portugal. And that’s what I hope to see again, very soon, after four long years of separation
Aguarela, 27x35 cm, Papel Arches, Cold Press
Aug 30, 2008
This beautiful medieval church is located in Vidago, a well known resort, famous for its thermal water springs.
Aguarela, 12x17 cm, Papel Fabriano
Aug 24, 2008
This old house in Beira Alta, was being restored when I visited in 2004. A little Oasis among the pine forest, olive trees, and aromatic orange trees.
Aguarela, 12x17cm, Papel Fabriano
Aug 20, 2008
Este trabalho vem de uma fotografia que lá tirei em 1995.
This scene is in Quinta do Lago, a big resort in Algarve, Southern Portugal. Normally I prefer more atmospheric effects in the sky as opposed to even tones. In this case, I gave in and just had to try to show the typical deep blue Portuguese summer sky (soft and velvety, as described by the late great Portuguese writer, Eça de Queiróz ).
This work is based on a photo I took there in 1995.
Aguarela, 12x22 cm, Papel Fabriano
Aug 17, 2008
When my wife painted this beautiful scene, I had to butt in and said the last duck had to be different because that’s what I always saw in the park. She gave in and changed the little duck to the "ugly duckling"…but I think he is the star of this painting.
Aguarela by Maria Rodrigues, 22x30 cm, Papel Fabriano.
Aug 9, 2008
Esta antiga Catedral marca o centro do Centro Histórico de Viseu bem no alto da colina central..
Having lived here for five of my High School years, this is a very familiar scene to me. Only after leaving the place did I come to appreciate the beauty of this city in Beira Alta. This old Cathedral marks the center of the historic quarter on the very top of the hill.
Aguarela 12 x 17 cm, Papel fabriano
Aug 5, 2008
Agradeço ao Paulo por partilhar tanto belo material para quem como eu adora pintar temas de velha arquitectura.
Roaming through one of my favorite sites, "Esta' de Velho!", I came across a particularly beautiful picture. I know the photographer also paints exceptional watercolors with an unique style, so I suggested he paint the scene. He returned the suggestion to the sender, and I did not resist. Here is the modest result. My thanks to Paulo Mendes for sharing his great photographs with those who, like me, love to paint old arquitecture.
Aguarela, 17 x 13 cm, Papel Fabriano
Aug 2, 2008
This watercolor has nothing to do with architectural subjects of course. In the past year, my wife - a Carioca, native of tropical Rio - has developed some interest in painting. My own interest in art and watercolor has maybe, rubbed off on her a little, and I think her talent is evident in this work. I am trying to push her to keep painting, but I think I need a little help.
Aguarela, 30x22 cm, Papel Fabriano.
Jul 25, 2008
Tomei a liberdade de usar uma foto aqui no Beijós Cinco Aldeias para inspirar esta aguarela. Cada recanto em Óbidos é unico e inspirador, e este é um bom exemplo. Procurei distorcer um pouco as formas – uma pequena experiência para mim.
Each little nook and cranny in Óbidos is unique and inspiring and this is a good example.
I sought a little distortion in the shapes…a little experiment for me.
Aguarela 12x17 cm, Papel Fabriano
Jul 20, 2008
Talvez por o esforço em chegar lá, este lugar deixou-me recordações especiais. O isolamento do lugar, o fim do dia, a casa rural com o fumo a saír da chaminé, a represa na ribeira de Beijós – que logo a seguir se junta ao Rio Dão – ficaram particularmente gravados na memória. Espero que pouco tenha mudado da próxima vez que eu possa voltar aqui.
This sketch was done from memory since my foto, taken in the seventies, was too dark to show much detail. It is a remote place and maybe due to its isolation, it left strong memories from my fishing trips with my dear uncle and friend, JCDF. It is near Rio Dão, Beira Alta.
Aguarela, 12x17 cm, Papel Fabriano
Jul 14, 2008
If the arches of the bridge look a little uneven, don't blame me...all the 21 arches in this bridge are diferent in shape and size.
Aguarela e lápis, 17x12cm, papel Fabriano
Jul 4, 2008
This gate is one of the few remnants of the old walls that protected the city in the Middle Ages.
Aguarela, 17x12 cm, Papel Fabriano
Jun 29, 2008
That's how this cape was known in Roman times. This lighthouse sits in the great Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Europe.
Aguarela e Lapis, 17 x 12 cm, Papel Fabriano.
Jun 21, 2008
Another popular Portuguese Landmark, this Gothic Abbey took 145 years to complete in 1533. It celebrates the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385 between the Portuguese forces and a far larger force from Castela (part of today’s Spain). This view is less well known than its front face seen here.
Aguarela, 30x 20 cm, papel Fabriano liso
Jun 17, 2008
This tower sits at the mouth of the Tagus River in Lisbon, where roughly five hundred years ago Vasco da Gama set out to find just where India was.
Aguarela e Lapis, 17 x 12 cm, Papel Fabriano
Jun 9, 2008
This will be a familiar sight for those who like me walked this path to my elementary school in the sixties.
Aguarela 17x12 cm, Papel Arches
Jun 1, 2008
This is a small travel sketch from a trip to the City of Monterrey in Northern Mexico.
Aguarela, 10x15 cm
May 22, 2008
May 16, 2008
Finalmente eu decidi-me a resolver o assunto e fazer o meu próprio mapa onde a Póvoa aparece em primeiro plano.
Tendo sido feito exclusivamente de memória, e sem referências digitais, a geografia está naturalmente um pouco distorcida. De qualquer maneira, eu pus ponto final nesse tópico.
My dear wife used to tease me that my tiny hometown in Portugal did not appear in any maps. Of course her hometown does not have that problem…she was born in Rio de Janeiro.
This was before detailed maps started to become available on the Internet through Google or Live Search.
Finally I decided to put the matter to rest and come up with my own map where Póvoa appears front and center. Having done it completely from memory, the geography is naturally a little distorted. Nevertheless, I did in fact put the matter to rest.
Aguarela, 40x30 cm, Papel Arches
Nota: Esta imagem está especificamente livre de direitos de reprodução.
May 12, 2008
Surrounded by old cedar trees, this Church in the village of Cabanas de Viriato dates originally to the Thirteenth Century. It is near the now ruined mansion built by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the late diplomat who paid a heavy price for ignoring orders and giving entry visas to Jews fleeing the Nazis.
Aguarela, 40x25 cm, Papel Fabriano