July 29th, 2018
It was impossible for me to concentrate on work this week, seeing terrible pictures of forest fires in Sweden, Greece and Germany every time I opened any newspaper. I was in Sweden two months ago and I Athens four years ago (of course, I was in Germany more often, coincidentally near Potsdam three years ago as well).
I met so wonderful people in Athens, I really hope they are all right and will be able to repress those bad memories and overcome their grief.
I wish our politicians had a vision and would assume their responsibilities. I wish our destructive system could be replaced with a more respectful way of life. Right away.
July 22nd, 2018
A landscape reduced to its necessary elements: water and rocks.
July 15th, 2018
The weekly challenge Animal Alphabets on Twitter (@AnimalAlphabets) started a new round already seven weeks ago, focusing on extinct animals this time. We have reached letter F so far (participants will post their letter G tomorrow at 7.30 GMT, and letter H will be released on Tuesday) and none of those creatures was familiar to me before. Such figurative drawing are a bit out of my comfort zone, but I like to use this challenge to improve my skills. Enjoy!
July 6th, 2018
Iznajar is another picturesque village (maybe I should say "town") in the very south of the province of Cordoba (Andalusia, Spain) that is worth a visit. Years ago, an artificial lake was created there as reservoir for domestic consumption, and Iznajar, situated on a promontory, escaped from submersion.
At every hour of the day, different "miradors" offer splendid views on the lake below and the surroundings hills with olive groves.
We spent two nights there but did not stay in town. Instead, we preferred a small rural hotel nearby, where dogs are not only accepted but really welcome (still rather difficult to find in Spain). Because temperatures were not as high as usual, we could even walk a bit in the beautiful countryside. Enjoy!
June 28th, 2018
As I wrote in my last post, summers are always much other in central Andalusia than at the coast. Nevertheless, it may be the ideal season to visit if you are ready to adapt to another rhythm of life and take some precautions.
Yes, temperatures are higher than here at the coast, but the air is drier. If you wake up early, it is possible to hike (taking plenty of water with you and being back at 12 o'clock or so). Summer is ideal to relax with a (sketch)book or board game during the day and to walk at night.
Last week, we spent two days in Zuheros (province of Cordoba), in a beautiful hacienda in the middle of landscape covered by olive trees (it is indeed not too far from the world capital of olive oil). Enjoy!
June 24th, 2018
Yesterday was midsummer again! We spent the day in the nature, near Zuheros, a picturesque village in the province of Cordoba. In central Andalusia, it is always much hotter in the summer and much colder in the wind than at the coast.
(I will tell more about Zuheros if my next post).
I associate midsummer with intense solar energy, short nights and landscapes like those I saw yesterday. Here, at the coast, "San Juan" is synonym with fires on the beach at night and grilled sardines. Happy summer, everyone!
June 17th, 2018
Instead of looking at the houses, the shops and the sky, I wanted to explore our town centre paying attention to the different covers there (for water, electricity, phone cables, fire service, etc.). Some decorations on them are lovely abstract motifs.
Also, the renovated Calle Cuesta del Tajo (Torremolinos, Spain) has now interesting decorations on the ground.
Art is everywhere, art is everything around us, if we can look at it. Enjoy!
Some gully covers (there are certainly more):
June 6th, 2018
In my thoughts, I am still a bit in Sweden. I wish I could live here and there at the same time. Or rather, there from June to August, and here the rest of the year.
But this year is different. Summer was already there in Sweden in May, while here, it is still unseasonably cool in June (for Andalusian standards). So, we still can enjoy a picnic on the beach instead of looking for some shade to protect us.
June 2nd, 2018
It's June already, and I am finally showing some of the picture I took in Sodermanland County, Trosa and Nykoping, East-Central Sweden). I could not upload most of them on Fine Art America yet, because, as so often, it did not work. :-(
As we were so lucky to have sunny weather, we could hike between 10 and 20 km per day, on the Sormansleden and in Stendorren Nature Reserve. Enjoy!
May 27th, 2018
We have been renting somebody´s permanent home in Sodermanland County, in Sweden, for ten days. We thus walked "walk a mile in the shoes" of our landlady, which was fun - so different from renting a holiday home where nobody lives in. We could not help thinking about the personality and life story of the person who trusted us and let us her keys, books, own pictures, plants, wine cellar.
In this romantic small cottage, we found tranquillity and inspiration. I took some landscape pictures (mostly water and sky) that I will show next time.
By the way, I cannot access my Facebook page since we are back (after a big Windows update and the GRPD entering into force, maybe there is no connection at all).
I have tried everything (different browsers, reset account, cleared cache and cookies) and the problem remains. Because I know that I cannot expect much help from the company, I will just keep posting here and on Twitter, ignoring Facebook. If, one day, I can access my page again, I may delete it for good.