Summer is coming again. The changing seasons is a festival of colors that we gain every year. For free!
O verão está chegando. A mudança das estaçōes é um festival de cores que ganhamos de presente todos os anos. E é de graça.
I decided to pay tribute to another angel’s statue that adorns Madrid’s rooftop. Many people think that’s another fallen angel or even Ícarus… But, not at all. I’m gonna tell you that story.
Once upon a time there was a building in Calle Milaneses and the people who lived in that building want to put a statue on the top to decorate their precious home and also the city. Madrid is a city that has many statues on rooftops, the majority of them expressing grandeur posing for magestic historical moments. But I have no idea why, Miguel Ángel (:-)) Ruiz, was particularly inspired that day and decide to make a statue that everyone would talk about it. Well, instead of making another famous king of a general, he did “Aerial Accident”.
In his interpretation, 10.000 years ago a “man with wings” went away for a fly. He was coming back home, flying backwards, taking a little sun bath and didn’t realize that on the grass field he´s used to land, had grown up an entire city… and Booommm!! He clashed violently on the top of that same building.
He is not a fallen angel, he is not Icarus, he is just an “Aerial Accident”.
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.
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).
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.
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.
SRapallo, Mangos, illustration, Madrid, 2016.
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 .