Thursday, 28 September 2017

BananaCafe - Lisboa.

I like these guys. They have been very good to me.

I have been working in Pra├ža do Municipio just becuase I love the relief sculpture on the old court house, and because Banana Cafe is here. It is fairly quiet place. Not great for selling to tourists, but it is proving to be a fabulous pitch for picking up commissions from local people and businesses. That said, I have just sold a nice sketch to someone from Switzerland, so perhaps it is good for international business also??????????????????

Anyway, I haven't looked at a mirror for some time now, but judging by the way I feel, I think this guy got me spot on...


Poorly foot and back. Thank the almighty for the pharmacist in the skies and Bohemia Original!

Painfully F*****, but otherwise, all is hunky dory.

 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

A weekend in Nazare.

I am not entirely sure why I like this place so much. I feel very content here - my plan is to find an affordable 'off-season' rental to make my base, whilst working weekends in Lisbon, or Porto. Lisbon is much easier logistically. Porto is my preference.

I would like to paint seascapes (or, more specifically 'waves') during the winter. Also, continuing 'Evolution of a Goddess'. With a bit of luck, I'm pretty sure I can make this work.

Very big thank you to all the good people at Lisbon's newest 5 star hotel - Corpo Santo for the nice work. More like that would be great. Also, have to mention Hostal Lisbon Calling - very nice for backpacking visitors.

Oh! And, thanks to Chazee ;) Was a fun week. I think??? Who knows TBH. I'll post your tooth onto your new destination tomorrow. Don't really need to say much more than that :D

So, I am starting a property search. Six months, possibly much, much longer.

Nazare according to Wiki.

It is a very special place. I can't explain why exactly, but it is.



Sunday, 17 September 2017

I landed directly in Lisbon.

In a 3 star hotel with good company. I am a lucky man!

Looking for a cheaper bed and work for 3 weeks.



Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Granada Bubble.

It is a trap.

You will never go hungry here. In fact the bubble offers all you need on a day to day subsistence level. In many ways, nobody wants to burst that bubble. As constrictive as it can be, soporific in summer, it does offer a very fragile security. An uneasy security usually bolstered with booze. A beautiful, but very frustrating city. Only way out of the Granada bubble is to be bold enough to burst it yourself and see where you fall. I'm aiming for Madrid. However, I could just as easily fall in Cordoba, or Seville, or anywhere in the vague direction of Lisbon.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Huelva, Seville, Granada... Madrid.

Back to Spain.

I am currently in Granada, and heading to Madrid very soon. Anyone who expressed an interest in sketches from Madrid, please let me know. My phone is working again.

My plan from Madrid is to return to Portugal. Very simply, I loved it so much, I want to spend much more time there. Probably sketching for cash on the streets of Porto and Lisbon during weekends, whilst basing myself in a small coastal town for the winter months. Trying to make time to complete exhibition work, whilst chasing work painting surfboards! It is a possibility - who knows. If you don't ask, you don't get.

I am very interested in any work offers in Madrid, Lisbon and Porto. Madrid until the end of October. Porto and Lisbon until April 20017, and possibly longer.

More details of exhibition work will be here later. I am still looking for advance buyers and investors.

Granada now. Madrid very soon.