May 14th, 2019
It has been a long time since we last went to Lanjaron (province of Granada): last fall was too unstable, often too windy. It was nice being there again, meeting some people we know and hiking, enjoying the scenery (and, after that, eating tapas outside): the nature there is always a lot greener than here. I did not find so much rubbish to collect either ;-)
May 8th, 2019
Those last months, I have read so many lies about recycling, that confirmed me in my opinion that there we must reduce drastically our permanent overconsumption and change our use-once-and throw-away mentality (and also cure our severe travelitis). Nothing new actually, but is a debate now (more or less).
Every time we are picnicking on a small bay not far from here, I am carrying away a whole bag of rubbish that I found there. Why can you enjoy having a drink or party on the beach knowing that you will let it unclean? Why are empty bottles and packages suddenly so heavy that it would require superhuman craft to bring them to the next garbage container (about 20-30 m). Why?
May 1st, 2019
May already. I would have liked to participated to #movemay but knowing I won't have time to perform it till the end, it is wiser to tackle the next topic directly in June.
In the meanwhile, here are some small colourful sequences to begin this new month. It's about pastures, blossoms, water and crops.
Below, my version of the Puerta del Peso in Lucena (province of Cordoba, Andalusia), a town with Jewish and Moorish heritage, and full of historic monuments. This building though caught my eye, because I revised a bigger project about benefits of city greening an regeneration some years ago, and I am convinced that town centres have to become again places to breathe, live and walk.
April 21st, 2019
It is frustrating to have a long weekend but not being able to enjoy it properly because of rain, wind and cold... Of course, rain is always sorely needed for agriculture and human use here in Andalusia, but still. So, we stayed more or less at home, and I painted some coloured hills with olives and cacti (it could be Jaen, Cordoba or even nearer, somewhere in Malaga).
And I made a new picture of my little avocado plant, which will be called "tree" one day if it keeps growing well (we had to fumigate it once three weeks ago, but it seems everything is all right again).
April 14th, 2019
Situated approximately 30 km from Malaga, the small white town of Pizarra offers some interesting walks with panoramic views: soft hills with olive and almond trees. In some places, it is even possible to see the Mediterranean sea. I made a small sketch there, that I coloured digitally later.
The only catch: in this idyllic landscape, one plane after another was descending for landing at Malaga airport. And: we collected some rubbish other walkers let "fall" in the nature. Hey, people, why is it so difficult to take your rubbish with you?
April 1st, 2019
Last week, Animal Alphabets community was talking about the fact that challenge and community were existing for four years already. All this time, I have been learning the English name of animals that I do not even know in my mother languages - and learning how to draw them, leaving my comfort zone more than once.
Again, half of current alphabet focusing on Sea Life is finished. Here a small collage with letters A to M, and my favourite ones, Dumbo Octopus and Goblin Shark. Enjoy!
And - it is still not too late to join if you like: post every Monday at 7.30 pm GMT.
March 23rd, 2019
In El Puerto de Santa Maria (short: "El Puerto") near Cadiz, far south in Andalusia, water and birds are omnipresent. On the Atlantic coast, the town breathes according to the rhythm of ebb and flow (and wine). When we usually arrive there on Friday evening, it is already dawning, which makes the atmosphere even more romantic.
Walking along river Guadalete, there are always interesting ships to look at. Like this one, the Josefa Perez. With this special light and sky, it was photogenic.
On the wetlands near to El Puerto, water birds are the most frequent. But in town, storks are everywhere, especially around and ON the cathedral.
And they are present in street art as well. It is well done, but unfortunately, I do not know the name of the artist to give him/her credit. Should you know him or her, please kindly tell me! Thank you.
March 14th, 2019
When temperatures rise without still being to warm, we like to walk around in the area of Carvajal, Fuengirola. If we are lucky, the water level is low, so we can walk on the rocks and look for fish, crabs, anemones, and all kind of sea life. Most of the time, we also find interesting birds: waders, little egrets, cormorants... This time though, seagulls were occupying a typical cormorants' place.
When you are there, without being connected to anything, you could think everything is okay in the world (but as soon as we turn around, plastic waste is insulting us - we picked up what we could to fill... a whole bag! I will never understand this.)
March 9th, 2019
I wanted to create something with a minimalist design. A work that reflects my way of living, with as less as possible, every day a little bit less every time it is possible, because I am tired of consuming, buying, hearing so much noise, seeing so much waste, feeling so much hectic in shopping malls that are too hot in the winter and too cold in the summer. I do not spend one minute more than necessary there, but still...
I feel like we are missing the most important thing in life, like looking at playing cats, flowers, at the rain or at birds. We prefer to catch birds and put them in indecent small jails, forcing them to sing, but why does their song not hurt us?
I had no force to use a normal colour palette. No red, purple, orange this time. I have edited my work "Trees in the sand" (watercolour on paper) that I painted in 2014, adding very few lines digitally: yellow and turquoise with a technical pen. The trees of Leba (Poland) have now become cacti here in Andalusia: I love them so much, in parks and on the mountains. They do not make noise, do not produce rubbish, do not tell dubious jokes. ;-)
February 20th, 2019
As promised, here some pictures of our new revitalised centre designed by architect Salvador Moreno Peralta, from Malaga! Grey clouds were hanging in the sky yesterday evening, so my pics may be a bit dull...
The most emblematic element is the new pergola over the main square Plaza Costa del Sol. Its wave effect focuses on the close relationship between the town and the water element: of course, our town is located at the coast, but long ago, it was also famous because of its different water mills ("molinos"). A beautiful old fountain has been moved to its original place (I took no pic of it, as too many people were sitting there).
Altogether, our centre is a lot more attractive now than it was before. Sea resorts still cannot compete with historic cities, but we have got some fresh air in a centre that was decadent.
Can you even remember that cars were streaming constantly (two lanes in each direction!) through this street?