Plaza de Santa Bárbara – Chamberi

SRapallo, Dog 1, watercolor and ink, 2017
SRapallo, Dog 1, watercolor and ink, 2017

Plaza de Santa Bárbara

 

Again a enjoyable place located in my neighborhood, Chamberi. We go there a lot, specially on weekends. When my daughter came to visit, she took some pictures of dogs and children playing. Later on I used the pictures she took as a reference photos. This is an all-in one plaza for me: coffee-shops, a jazz club, bars, restaurants, an ice cream parlor, a drugstore and a hotel. There is also a playground for children and a tiny bookstore in the center of the plaza which specializes in used books and vintage post cards and pictures of Madrid.

What I love about it is that, on one hand, it is your neighborhood plaza. Not just the place to sit for a drink or to have brunch, but also where people take their children after school, or where they walk their dogs while reading the newspaper. And on the other hand, Plaza Santa Bárbara is the starting point of a night out on the town because many cool clubs and restaurants are in this same area. It has it all, daytime activities and nighttime fun.

Its location also helps to make it even more charming, because is at a walking distance from Gran Vía and very close to Plaza Colón. Also pedestrian street Fuencarral, filled with all kinds of shops, is 10 min away. It would seem busy and noisy at times, but it could also feel quiet and calm at certain hours. It depends on what you want to do, but it is definitely worth a visit.

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Mr. Blue Crab

Mr Blue Crab

SRapallo, Blue Crab, watercolor, 2017
SRapallo, Blue Crab, watercolor, 2017

 

For this artwork I choose a blue king crab. Mr. Blue Crab is really beautiful ans has light blue spots on his back.I had made it already digital art and yesterday I made it in watercolor. I decide to post both.

Callinectes sapidus (from the Greek calli- = “beautiful”, nectes = “swimmer”, and Latin sapidus = “savory”), the blue crab, Atlantic blue crab, or regionally as the Chesapeake blue crab, is a species of crab native to the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and introduced internationally. C. sapidus is of significant culinary and economic importance in the United States, particularly in Louisiana, North Carolina, the Chesapeake Bay, and New Jersey. It is the Maryland state crustacean and is that state’s largest commercial fishery.[2]

Blue Crab Watercolor

Sennelier watercolor on hand.book paper and Micron pen.

Blue Crab Digital Art

SRapallo, Blue Crab Digital, 2017
SRapallo, Blue Crab Digital, 2017

 

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#BeBoldForChange

This is a call  to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

SRapallo, Womens Day 2017

Supporting International Womens Day 2017

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Artfinder

To stop sexism in the Art world

http://equality.artfinder.com/

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1. #BeBoldForChange campaign for progressive employers

Women’s careers website Where Women Work is calling on progressive employers to explain how they’re taking bold action to help create more inclusive environments. Their sister website is also championing a #BeBoldForChange campaign across the Asia Pacific region.


2. #BeBoldForChange campaign by police for local community

Hampshire Police in the UK’s are running a #BeBoldForChange social media campaign sees 26 people from their Constabulary explain how they are being bold for change in order to raise greater awareness about equality. Here are some highlights: PC Tracey DimmerInspector Jill KingstonPC Vicky WongPC Tracey Pool and more, including Superintendent Alison Heydari‘s passionate call for people to #BeBoldForChange and report hate crime.


3. #BeBoldForChange campaign challenging art world inequality

Artfinder is stamping out s*xism in the art world and, in association with International Women’s Day 2017, is asking art organisations around the world to #BeBoldForChange and share their data on gender representation, because gender inequality in the art world is a huge issue.


4. #BeBoldForChange campaign supporting equality in sports

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club in the UK’s #BeBoldForChange campaign sees players wearing a specially commissioned one-off purple kit with International Women’s Day branding in lieu of their famous pink and blue colours. The players’ kit also features IWD’s charity partners, Catalyst and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).


5. #BeBoldForChangeGlobal campaign rallying corporate employees

From every geography and field of work, global company AECOM‘s #BeBoldForChange campaign recognizes the contributions of women, advancing them into leadership positions, serving as mentors for others, and identifying and combating unconscious bias – and they’ve created a special #BeBoldForChange Impact Blog.


6. #BeBoldForChange campaign encouraging women to code

General Assembly is running a #BeBoldForChange campaign that sees events run across the world in 11 major cities encouraging more women into technology and coding – in association with women’s groups like Where Women Work, Women 2.0 and more.


7. #BeBoldForChange campaigns by universities

The University of Sheffield runs their #BeBoldForChange campaign to look for your stories and nominations based on bold actions being taken by their people to help drive gender parity.

Trinity College Dublin is running a week-long schedule of International Women’s Day events from film screenings, lectures, lunches, performances and podcasts – and even a special #BeBoldForChange hashtag competition.

While the University of Hull‘s #BeBoldForChange campaign sees the University’s first ever all female photo-shoot for students at the University, along with a program of 20+ events reflecting great strides women have made at the University.

And the University of East London‘s #BeBoldForChange campaign for International Women’s Day celebrates what the day means to their women in academia and beyond.


8. More #BeBoldForChange campaigns coming soon

We’ll be highlighting how further groups are calling for gender parity via exciting #BeBoldForChange campaigns, as well as how they’re celebrating International Women’s Day.

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Metropolis, Madrid

Metropolis Building

Since I’m still feeling the French atmosphere after last weekend in Paris, I decide to pay homage to, perhaps, the most famous building in Madrid, a wonderful Beaux Arts architecture – an extremely elegant French style characterized by conservative lines and impressive sculptural elements. The magnificent edifice has been designed by French brothers Jules and Raymond Fevrier to host the headquarters of the insurance company La Unión y el Fénix, and completed in 1910 by Spanish architect Luis Esteve.

In 1972, the building was acquired by Metrópolis Seguros and a series of restorations begun. Nowadays, it retains its former appearance, excepting the original statue on top of the dome representing Phoenix and Ganymede, which has been replaced.

Metropolis Building’s main features include the bright white façade, which is lavishly decorated with sculptures and various ornaments, as well as the spectacular black dome on top of which a gorgeous statue of Winged Victory designed by Spanish architect Federico Coullaut-Valera Mendigutia rises to the sky.

SRapallo, Metropolis, watercolor, Madrid, 2016.

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Pedraza, Spain

SRapallo, "Pedraza", watercolor, 2016.
SRapallo, “Pedraza”, watercolor, 2016.

Pedraza

We’ve been in Pedraza last weekend.

Pedraza is a municipality in Spain, located in the province of Segovia in the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is located at 37 km northeast of the city of Segovia with a population of less than 500.

Every year in July, Pedraza holds the Concierto de las Velas festival during La Noche de las Velas. Residents of the town and surrounding cities light candles along the streets and residences. In the city center multiple concerts are held featuring varying types of Spanish classical music. See La Noche de las Velas (in Spanish).

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Estivemos em Pedraza na semana passada.

Pedraza é uma municipalidade na Espanha, localizada na província de Segovia, na Região Autônoma de Castilha e Leon. Está localizada a 37 km noroeste da cidade de Segovia e tem uma população de apenas 500 habitantes.

Todos os anos, em Julho, Pedraza celebra o Concerto das Velas, um festival de luzes durante a Noite das Velas. Residentes da cidade e adjacências acendem velas ao longo das ruas e residências. No centro da cidade há inúmeros concertos de música clássica espanhola.

 

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Portfolio: Four Seasons

Spring VII
SRapallo, Spring VII, oil on canvas, 1.00 x 1.30 m, 2000.

Four Seasons – New York (2000-2002) In Spring we dance and sing In Summer we enjoy the sun and the beach In Fall the leaves are yellow, red and finally brown In Winter the wind is chill, ever…

Source: Portfolio: Four Seasons