I am back in the studio full tilt making backpacks. I hope to post some progress photos tomorrow.
In the meantime here are a few more sketches from my recent trip. Barcelona was amazing; the city, the architecture, the food, the people all exceeded my expectations. We stayed in a great old apartment about two blocks from La Rambla and we used the Hop-on Hop-off bus to get around–a great way when time was short. But the short time meant very little sketching. Here is a crazy loose one from the bus.
While there I discovered the work of a delightful sketcher, Swasky, and his book on Gaudi. Here is one of his sketches of the Sagrada Familia, that exuberant celebration in stone which is still being constructed 100+ years after its beginning. We had the good fortune to be inside this amazing building at 4pm as the sun going down, throwing its light through the multi-coloured stained glass. Magic.
From Barcelona we went on to the south of France. I loved the ancient villages and had a little more time to sketch. The high point of the week was visiting old friends in La Gaude in their remarkable home looking out over the valley to the Mediterranean. Below scenes from Nice, Vence, Saint Paul de Vence and La Gaude.