Artist. Sketching blog from Susana Rapallo, a illustrated journey of a Brazilian Expat living in Madrid, traveling and exploring art. After all, ¨Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso
Everything in Malasaña invites you to stay and grab a beer. Impossible not to try their famous “tapas” sandwiches made with a selection ranging from Iberian ham to fillets. Most of the sandwiches are served on either a crunchy ‘pan de cristal’ or tortillas.
Everyday is a day of Fiesta!! And the summer season has just started.
I couldn’t resist the temptation to buy the iPad Pro… and yes, I’m talking about the gigantic one! Now, I’m discovering how to use all these amazing tools for drawing, sketching, coloring, and also trying new ways to ally technology to my old fashion way of doing art: pen, pencils, watercolor, mixed media and oil.
I’ve decided now to work on watercolor because of its freshness and unexpected final results. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with this particular media and I need to practice to regain the skills I lost to express what I want to. As the seasons in Spain change, the variety of food changes with it. So I decide to start a new project: to capture the Spanish way of enjoying food .
The portraits of street vendor boys from Paraguay represent the lost childhood, the anguish of living in the streets, never knowing when their next meal might be. Their features are nonetheless simple, despite the everyday hardness. They look intriguing, sweet but also rebellious.
SRapallo, Mother and child I, mixed media, Paraguay, 2002.
SRapallo,Mother and child II, mixed media, Paraguay, 2002.
We recently travelled to Belgium, Germany and Holland and went to see the exhibition “Brueghel’s Witches”, at the Saint Jones Hospital, in Bruges. I thought it was interesting how the first’s artistic representation of witches are still the same stereotypes that accompanies us nowadays.
After returning home I thought how similar was Brueghel’s and Bosch´s drawings over the same subjects. In fact, between 1555 and 1563, Brueghel made many designs for engravings in the style or manner of Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1453–1516).
There was a strong market demand for those types of ¨weird designs¨ at that time: mythological, religious, surreal forms, strange combinations of men and animal´s, witches, insects and surrealistic specimens.
The seven sins prints follows the same compositional scheme, with the personification of the vice accompanied by a symbolic animal in the foreground. Brueghel´s design was similar to Bosch and both had an assortment of fantastic creatures. Both also paint the deadly sins and the hell.
For those visiting Madrid, after checking Bosch, check also the fantastic painting of Brueghel´s, ¨The Triumph of Death¨, at Museo del Prado.