For several years now, I have joined the Urban Sketchers chapters in both Málaga and Granada. The initiative has become a really interesting meeting point for artists, dilettantes and drawing lovers alike. The fluid exchange of ideas, techniques and tools has permited us to improve and share our common interests regarding Arts.
As a result, and being the iniciative an international phenomenon, the organization has developed annual drawing symposiums.
The first I had the pleasure to attend, the Urban Sketchers Symposium Manchester 2016
Drawing Nature workshops with José Antonio Sencianes, at the Doñana National Park (2016-2017).The rich biological diversity at Doñana makes the location a paradise for birdwatchers and artists alike.We were instructed by Sencianes on how to best approach drawing as a tool to study natural ecosystems.
Tuscany, Italy is renown for the classical views, gentle hills and quality of the landscapes sorrounding the region.
It might sound like the description of a postcard, but in fact, Tuscany offers extremely diverse landscapes for the painter.The hills sorrounding the city of Florence, the Chianti area, the coastal villages in Maremma …
So I surrendered to the charms of the Tuscan Landscape, and painted a view near our home, in a velvedere called Pian de’ Giullari, near Galileo Galilei’s Villa.
The painting captures the early days of spring, the colors at its best: fresh greens, some trees in full bloom and that subtle atmosphere that impregnates the Tuscan views.
This painting is a reproduction of “I Bari”, by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Il Caravaggio (1571-1610).
The reproduction of the famous canvas is a private comission painted for a couple who are very fond of Italian Baroque Painting. The commission proved to be a challenge, due to the outstanding quality of the original painting by Il Caravaggio.
Even though some people consider original drawings as not being totally accomplished, perceived as less valuable or unfinished pieces of work, most often times good drawings are better than low quality colour paintings.
It may be due to just a professional interest, as it is much harder to express on simple tonal values, where there is no possibility of “hiding mistakes” under a lavish colour pattern.
But it may be also due to the possibility to see each artist’s unmistakable mark making.
I have added several pictures on studies done while in Florence, where I was given the opportunity to explore these notions.There I attended several Art Schools, but mostly, I was able to contemplate one of the best Schools of Western Drawing-the Italian Renaissance.