Thursday, March 05, 2009

Las Palmas #4, last one


These are the last two sketchbook pages from Las Palmas, and they are not from Las Palmas at all. They are from a little village called Puerto de Mogán by the southeast coast of Gran Canaria. A very picturesque place, a tad too many tourists hanging around the harbour and beach, but otherwise a still alive fishing village, with incredible steep narrow alleys between the houses climbing up the mountainside.

This is the place where the most people came up to talk to me while I was drawing. Some Germans, one or two Frenchmen, an English couple, three young Canarian boys, a man from the Netherlands, and the waitress at the café where I drew this rose and sugar castor - they all came up and asked if they could see what I was doing (or simply looked over my shoulder) and commented on my work (all in very kind words) and talked for a little while. It´s like I´ve always said: drawing IS a contact sport. It´s even better than babies and dogs.


13 x 18,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Polar Black ink and watercolours on sketchbook pages.

17 comments:

owenswain said...

The yellow just zings and and love the blue leading into the blue leading is into the background.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I feel as if I'd been right there with you, Nina, thank you!

Robyn said...

You've saved the best to last, Nina. Beautiful work, your watercolour really does sing. I would like to be there - now!

Arty Velarde said...

SSOOO beautiful..

Deborah said...

Beautiful! I love the way you handles those palm trees. The colors are so fresh and inviting. I also really like the color just on the rose.

Jennifer Lawson said...

Just beautiful, Nina. Love the top one. Great composition.

Linda T said...

Great sketches! I like the shadows on the buildings.

christine said...

Two such completely different styles. I love them both!

Beth Baxter said...

These are both lovely!

rachelhoward said...

Beautiful drawings as always - wonderful colours!

Genine said...

nina the top one is brilliant!!

Juliana said...

beautiful!

Sarah Ketelaars said...

Wonderful drawings. A real taste of where you've been...

Chris said...

I just love it that they came up and talked to you! This is so gorgeous.

DRB said...

Lovely drawing and story.

Randi's Tanker said...

Just beautiful!

Puerto de Mogan is the pearl of Gran Canaria. Stayed there 4 weeks around last Christmas and will go back next December.

wanderlust junkie said...

awesome drawings! i found your site through blog-hopping ---needless to say i'm bookmarking it! :) i really like the detail you have on the sugar caster btw