Monday, August 01, 2011

Sintra & Obidos after Lisbon

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After the symposium ended on Saturday 23 July, on Sunday 24 July, a few of us were invited to join the USK Lisbon group for a celebration at the beautiful weekend house of Pedro Cabral and Rita, his wife at Sintra. The group worked very hard to make the symposium a great success! Among the Lisbon sketchers, there were also talented and really professional guitarists and singers.

On Monday, 25 July, 2011, I also joined Asnee, Pramote from Thailand, Ana Luisa Frazão and Dulce Nunes from Portugal for a day trip to Obidos to sketch. It was like a mini symposium. These five sketches were done in the Muji Sketchbook.

Obidos, a old walled town, is 100km in the north of Lisbon. Bougainvilleas were everywhere and the town retained some authenticity when no new building was permitted and only the existing structures within the walls were used as shops. The walls of the old town were painted white, with blue or yellow ochre trimmings. The town was occupied by the Moors before falling into Christian hands and that explained the Moorish patterns everywhere.

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