The importance of having a field watercolor kit as accurate as possible.

Throughout my life as an Urban sketcher I had several watercolor field kits, and every time I went out to draw, I felt the lack of a color, a pen or a pencil. And that was enough to condition the entire sketch production of the day. As soon as I got home, I added what I had been missing that day, but after a while my kit kept getting bigger, forcing me to carry extra weight, sometimes uselessly, and nobody wants to go out and draw with a heavy backpack, right? Today I believe I have reached the point of having a sketching kit that suits me perfectly. Drawing on the street requires a loose and fast drawing, however I like to take my time in the process, I appreciate the detail and the tricks to solve certain situations of glare, shadows and light, perspective and environment. My kit is not the most basic due to my way of designing and enjoying the process. Today I leave here registered the paraphernalia that accompany me in a simple drawing kit and in a watercolor box. I hope you too will enjoy the process when you go out to draw. Have fun.

My watercolor case from Frazer Price
My pens
Brushes and a field inkwell for my ink pens
My sketchbook from Stillman Birn cold press surface , 270 gsm, beta séries but I’ll go for an alpha series because it’s lighter and less expensive
All toguether they fit in this art travel case
Just three things inside my everyday bag. 🤓😜👋

The Village where I live in sketches

I live in Oeiras, Oeiras is a Portuguese village, seat of the municipality of Oeiras located in the district and metropolitan area of Lisbon, being one of the first cities in the capital. It is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and in the estuary of the Tagus River. Since prehistory, the mild climate, the abundance of water, the quality of the soils and the privileged geographical position offered by the riverside area of the Tagus estuary, allowed the subsistence of agro-pastoral villages for over 4000 years. In this way, Oeiras is an autonomous economic hub: it is one of the most developed and richest municipalities in the Iberian Peninsula and even in Europe.With the highest per capita income in Portugal, it is also the 2nd municipality with the highest purchasing power and the 2nd largest municipality to collect taxes in Portugal. The economic level is directly linked to the studies and this relationship shows that Oeiras is also the municipality in Portugal with the highest concentration of population with higher education and the area in Portugal with the lowest rate of population without education. I have been living here for 40 years and I only left Oeiras for a period of 5 years when I lived in Lisbon- Bairro Alto. today I thought that would be a good idea present some sketches I made at Oeiras. Hope you like it.

This is a building from XIX century at the main plaza
Our municipal theatre
The church on the right, a small cultural center in the midle and the municipal market on the left
More or less new Oeiras
Unfinished Train raill
Oeiras’s Mall
Gaz station near my flat
A sculpture next to the municipal library
A sketch at the municipal park. As the European green capital of 2020, Lisbon has presented one park that is more beautiful and well-kept than the other. Parque dos Poetas, in Oeiras, is an open-air museum of sculptural art. The only one in Portugal and the biggest in Europe. Here, landscaping and sculpture embody poetry. Take some nice things and have a picnic to enjoy the place. Worth it!
Oeiras’s @paulalourenco1962 Aerodrome
One of the Oeiras beaches
Another beach
Another beach
Another beach
Another beach
Ocean Municipal pool
Old park
One of many beach fortification
New Oeiras , business park
Another fortification at the beach. I think there are 10 of it. One in each beach along the coast
Another beach
Here is a 5 km of a walking way by the sea
Where I live. Sketch from my kitchen window. Old OEiras is down that street
Of course McDonald’s
Oeiras Marina is a concept that brings together several areas of leisure such as the Paseo Marítimo, Oeiras Recreational Port and Oeiras Ocean Swimming Pool.
Oeiras’s many Beach bar
Again Oeiras park of Poets
Entrance to the ocean swimming municipal pool
Municipal Library
Poets park
Old train bridge still working
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30 minute Watercolor challenge @wnchallengenina_sketching

Today I went close to this building and as always it causes a feeling of strangeness in me. It is a museum for the artistic work of a great Portuguese painter based in England-Paula Rego. It is at least a strange architecture by architect Eduardo Souto Moura and I have no idea what stories the two artists told each other for him to come up with this building.

Its color changes all the time with the sun light. Today was a mixt of caput mortuum with burnt sienna. I sketched it to answer the challenge of @nina_sketching and @penstore. #wnchallegenina_sketching # wnforeverymoment # watercolourchallenge

The challenge was to sketch for 30 minutes and use only winsor&newton watercolors. That’s my sketch. #wn #winsornewtonwatercolour # sketching #sketchofteday

Sketches of the week and a new sketchbook

I started a new Stillman &Birn sketchbook last week . I love this Beta Series , Dry and wet Media, watercolor and Ink paper. It’s 270gsm cold press surface and it’s wonderful for sketching on the go. Pens run like butter on this paper and it still have a good grip for pencils, or pastels. I’ve tried a lot of other brands of sketchbooks and this is my preference right now. Let me say that I don’t have any business relationship with the company, im not payed or receiving goods from them, I’m just saying about my experience with this sketchbook brand to anyone interested.

Sorry about the shaking. I had too much coffee today.

Hope you like it.

Sketching on-line with #nina_sketching and#artofalvin

Two days ago I saw #nina_sketching and #artofalvin live sketching session. Was great fun and I had the chance of sketching with them and listening their storyes while doing it. They are great sketchers and I love their sketches. Was such fun sketching from Nina’s photo reference of a car cemitery at Sweden. I’m still looking for other sketchers who participated on this event to see what they did.

Here’s my sketch from #nina_sketching photo reference

( Namiki falcon pen on Beta seriespremium sketchbook Stillman & birn. Winsor and Newton pro watercolors

About #usktalks on YouTube

last Sunday i watched a conversation on YouTube with #Pedromacloureiro and #nina_sketching about sketching. They gave fantastic tips and launched a challenge: drawing the path we take at home with a cup of coffee in hand. I loved the idea and this drawing came out. To better mark the path I used the color only on the coffee mug and the rest of the drawing was black and white. Despite having used arrows to show the way, there is no need to do it with this technique of highlighting the main character, which in this case is the coffee mug.

Everyone should watch the YouTube video and get to know the fantastic work of these two great sketchers. Pedro macloureiro is Portuguese and nina_sketching is Swedish, and I really like their work. They are really engaged on sketching and everyone can watch their sketching vídeos no YouTube . I invite you to discover these two. Enjoy

Beta séries premiumsketchbook, soft cover edition, cold press 270gsm, 19cmmx19cm, de Atramentis black document ink on a Namiki pen.

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On confinement due to covid-19 what Urban sketchers sketch ?

Even I can’t go out, I steel have a lot to sketch partcipating in different challenges around the world of URban sketchers associations. Here goes my sketches made confined at home.

The three next sketches are the challenge of #Uskmilano , in the beguining of the week, where we draw what we see from our windows.

Watercolor on  stillman&birn sketchbook
#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink
#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink
#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink

Than I was challenged by Uskportugal on their challenge #quarentenadesenhada that means #sketchedquarantine and did these next two sketches

#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink

This above, was sketched after I found a box at my pantry with some art materials from the 80’s and 90’s ! That box was there closed for 18 years. Since I moved from Lisbon to where I live now. I had to sketch them because they are 30 and 40 years hold! How come I became Vintage too?

#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink

Still on the #quarentenadesenhada I sketched myself after I made a huge mistake, cutting my hair with my dog’s hair trimmer. It sounded a good idea 💡… Strange things we do when in confinement. Now I have a bald area on the back of my neck.

#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink

Above, portuguese confort food on an uncomfortable confinement. “Feijoada” is red beans , pork meat , chourizo and carots.

F#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink

Finally another challenge from #uskportugal to sketch the sky in three different day time.

#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink
#Stillman&birn alfa séries sketchbook
#DanielSmith watercolors and #Rotring Renaissance fountain pen with black waterproof #Atramentis Document ink

This is all for today. Hope you like it and share. Thanks

Again on business 😙

I stop sketching for a month and I felt miserable about it. Today even the weather is not bright I took the train to the Lisbon old Aquarium just to sketch.

At the Aquarium . Some Stuffed Dolphins
I hate public transportations but train stations are nice to sketch if you don’t realy feel like going home early.
All Sketches on Stillman&Birn sketchbook, Hero fude fountainpen and Daniel Smith watercolors
And this is why I didn’t want to come home early.