VSW: Angra do Heroísmo, 3

Our Virtual Sketching group was led this
month by Toni, who took us to the
island of Angra do Heroísmo.

W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 042W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 050This new way of creating layouts works better
on this page, with the
tree dividing and blending the three images.
Yes, there were trees in approximately the areas on each individual photo,
but I took liberties.

Angra do Heroísmo’s
tight streets with the courtyard housing and winding roads fascinates me.  I like living that way, and saw it growing up in parts of So Cal and Mexico, yet here in Oregon it is taken as an indication that you are not open to company, that you don’t like people.  (I know this
from 20 years ago when I wanted to build a home like this in Oregon.)
Different cultures see these things differently.
I removed the cars from this image to see the path.

I can’t imagine living on
an island — the driver Southern California gurl wants to imagine that
I can drive 10,000 miles
if I want to take off but on an island you just go round and round.  Still, this
island is my kinda place!

W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 045 W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 048Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon pen
inks that behaved, thank the gods (not many of them, mostly sketching in pens, whew): Noodler’s, De Atramentis Document, and Super5,
and Daniel Smith , Holbien, and QoR watercolors.


I started a Facebook group page (you must join to view) to allow everyone to share their virtual sketches, and also where we will, from time to time, take virtual sketch walks together.  Come join us On Facebook if you are inclined!
If you want to know more about what a virtual sketchwalk is review my first post.
There are a few more notes/pointers on our first walk through Laguna Beach, California.

I also created an accompanying Flickr group!


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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8 Responses to VSW: Angra do Heroísmo, 3

  1. Murigius says:

    As a former Oregonian and (also former) 4 year island inhabitant, I can happily relate to these wonderful sketches. Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. joantav says:

    You found some great, interesting views to sketch. I particularly like the view up the steps. Nice!!


  3. Erika N says:

    Love your sketchbook views. Where is this island I wonder? It looks gorgeous. A virtual sketching group gives you a chance to take these adventures without leaving home I am guessing.


    • It is part of Portugal, but like Hawaii, is far away from its country — in the middle of the Atlantic.

      And the Virtual Sketchbook group was started because I was on my back after a surgical mishap for nearly three months — I painted from images. It aligned me with people who can’t do “Urban Sketching” by wandering the streets, and so this is what we do (though I am also now back to “urban sketching”). Whether it is that you work a long day, are bed-bound, in a wheelchair, or paint at night due to insomnia (me), this is a forum for exactly those kinds of shares. We do the virtual travel together, wandering the area and sketching what we find. It is fun.


  4. Wow Kate this is fabulous. I love everything about this.


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