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Painting Budapest 04

November 29th, 2014

Painting Budapest 04

I have recently returned (last week of October 2014) from a painting trip to Budapest, and have made already some blog posts about motifs from Budapest, such as beautiful houses, churches, etc. Today I want to show you the most famous "ruin bar" from Budapest.

"... Ruin bars are all the rage in Budapest and have been around for 10 years since the founding of Szimpla Kert, the mecca of all ruin bars. These bars are built in Budapestís old District VII neighborhood (the old Jewish quarter) in the ruins of abandoned buildings, stores, or lots. This neighborhood was left to decay after World War II, so it was a perfect place to develop an underground bar scene. (Not so underground anymore, though.) From outside, these bars look like normal homes... "

These words are taken from the site Nomadic Matt. As I went to Budapest, I knew nothing about the ruin bars, and I heard from their existence just searching for something else on the net. Unfortunately I had no time left then to visit them at night, I had only one day left and had already planned to visit the Jewish quarter that day. So I visited the most famous of the these bars, "Szimpla Kert" in the morning but unfortunately, there was hardly anybody in there. I will have to go back there one day!

Anyway, I had at least peace to sketch some of the amazing motifs and crazy decoration. And as I came back home, I had the idea to put inside this bar some famous female characters from famous artists.

See and read more about the famous girls in the ruin bars from Budapest in my main blog.

Painting Budapest 03

November 20th, 2014

Painting Budapest 03

I have recently returned (last week of October 2014) from a painting trip to Budapest, and have made already two blog posts about motifs from Budapest, such as beautiful houses, churches, etc. Today I want to show you, viewed with my eyes and painted with my hand, some beautiful cars from Budapest.

I have seen following vintage car (in fact, it was a taxi I think) on the square next to Chain Bridge (if I remember well!). The scene was wonderful, it had been a wonderful day and the sun was just going do and bathed the square in a warm golden breathtaking light. The car standing there had more than one admirer!

See and read more about the beautiful cars from Budapest in my main blog.

Painting Budapest 02

November 18th, 2014

Painting Budapest 02

I have recently returned (last week of October 2014) from a painting trip to Budapest, and I am truly overwhelmed! I have already published in a previous blog post some travel paintings I did there, rendering my first impressions and emotions in front of beautiful motifs from the street where we had rented a flat.

Today we will walk closer to the town centre... and get more and more impressed! The first thing I wanted to do was to see the Danube. The following sketch was my first sight of it in Budapest (besides the place where the Danube starts, somewhere between Germany and Switzerland) and I felt very emotional about it. To me, the Danube is a kind of mystic river, my head is full of romantic ideas and fantasies about it...

See and read more about my painting trip to Budapest in my main blog.

Painting Budapest 01

November 18th, 2014

Painting Budapest 01



I have recently returned (last week of October 2014) from a painting trip to Budapest, and I am truly overwhelmed! We had spent before some wonderful days in Bergamo, in Lombardy, in the North of Italy, and flew from there to Budapest. It was the 25th of October, a sunny day in Bergamo and our plane to Budapest left around Midday. I can't tell you how excited I was! I had heard such great things about Budapest, and seen even greater art! I was a bit scared by the idea of "cold", being no more used to dealing with it in our Andalusia...

The people we had rented the flat from, picked us up at the airport, and first impressions were that there was a good vibe emanating from Hungarian folk. The guy was nice, open, spoke good English, and made us feel very comfortable from the beginning. And the flat, not far from the very centre of Budapest, was a little beauty, totally renovated at the top of a typical old Hungarian building. We loved it and felt at home at once, one could not think of a better start for our Budapest stay.

On the Sunday we started exploring the town, and walked to the centre. It was cold and grey (I was hoping for some snow, but none came down ), so all this Budapest beauty did not stand in the best light. But as soon as I left our flat I was overwhelmed by the beauty of some of the houses standing in our street. Here is one of them...

See and read more about our street in Budapest in my main blog.

In The Park In Bergamo

November 17th, 2014

In The Park In Bergamo

I have just come back (October 2014) from a painting trip to Bergamo, a beautiful town in Lombardy in Italy. I have recently published paintings from the upper and the lower town, here are some from a wonderful little park I visited in the lower town.

I found that park per accident, as I was on my way from the flat I had rented in Bergamo to the train station. I adored it, it was really peaceful and idyllic. I could not resist, once more, to paint the local swans... I love to paint birds, and swans are so gracious, at least as long as they are swimming on the water... outside the water, they look a bit clumsy sometimes... and a bit dangerous when they come closer! In the park, the scene was wonderful with the colours of autumn and the blue sky reflecting in the water...

See and read more about the park in Bergamo in my main blog.



Wanderarti in Bergamo

November 17th, 2014

Wanderarti in Bergamo

If you follow me a bit along my paintings trips, you will know that I recently was in Bergamo with my partner, the English rock musician Kev Moore. I have published here some of my artworks from Bergamo, and wrote about my experiences in that wonderful town. In Wanderarti, "where art and travel collide", you can read a travelogue about Bergamo from the perspective of Kev.

Thank you, Lizzie, for the opportunity you give us all, travel artists and writers, and for the wonderful work you are doing in Wanderarti!

See and read more about our trip to Bergamo in Wanderarti.

The Art of Painting and Reading Simultaneously...

November 11th, 2014

The Art of Painting and Reading Simultaneously...

When I paint, I generally prefer to have silence around me. Sometimes I play music, but not often. And when I do so, I need it to be only background music.

But last week, thinking about how much time I spend painting, and wondering if my brain is really at full capacity when I do so (you know, thinking of preventing Alzheimers and stuff like that... ) I decided to try to listen to an audio book while I was painting. And see... it worked!!! The wonderful thing being that in fact, the book listening helped me to focus on the painting, and vice-versa, the painting helped me to focus on the listening. It really was a revelation to me, and while I was painting and listening to my book, I felt an immense peace within myself, like never before...

The book I was listening to was "Effi Briest", by German author Theodor Fontane, a classic... I have just finished it and enjoyed it very much. I love the German language, it is so rich and offers so many possibilities and nuances, but unfortunately I have no occasion to practice or hear it nowadays. So this was a big plus too!

A Feast for The Senses in Bergamo

November 10th, 2014

A Feast for The Senses in Bergamo

I have just come back (October 2014) from a painting trip to Bergamo, a beautiful town in Lombardy in Italy. In fact I was on my way to Budapest, but made a longer break there to visit and paint the town.

Bergamo is divided into two parts, the lower and the upper town. I have recently published paintings from the lower town, today we'll go up to the "Citta Alta".

I guess most artists, when they are Italy, paint the amazing Italian buildings and monuments. I do it too sometimes, but they are not my favourite subject. I enjoy more painting still lives, inspired by shop windows, restaurants, cafe decorations, etc... I said it often, they are a feast for my eyes and all my other senses too.

See and read more about the feast in Bergamo in my main blog.

The Lower Town of Bergamo

November 5th, 2014

The Lower Town of Bergamo

I have just come back (October 2014) from a painting trip to Bergamo, a beautiful town in Lombardy in Italy. In fact I was on my way to Budapest, but made a longer break there to visit and paint the town.

Bergamo is divided into two parts, the lower town, which is also the more modern, and the upper town, "citta alta", which is the older part of the town and which one can access by a funicular. A fun ride by the way!

We visited the old town on the first day, but we have a wonderful walk through the lower town, through characterful places which are not that modern yet...

See and read more about the still life in Bergamo in my main blog.

Still Life In Bergamo

November 2nd, 2014

Still Life In Bergamo

I have just come back (October 2014) from a painting trip to Bergamo, a beautiful town in Lombardy in Italy. In fact I was on my way to Budapest, but made a longer break there to visit and paint the town.

And as often the case is, I was charmed by the shop windows, and could not resist painting some still life inspired by them. Italians are so good at decorating their shops, they make you want to buy everything!

See and read more about the still life in Bergamo in my main blog.

 

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