The charcoal drawings are coming along, too. Watercolor studies are always a little problematic for me. They tend to be more abstract in nature - more line and color studies than form or shape - and watercolor isn't really a technique that I find easy to work with in abstract. But that's what I'm doing here, to explore.
I've also been playing little bit with dry pastels for the first time. In the past, and at times, I work with oil pastel, and really enjoy this technique, especially on glass and paper. But dry pastel is a new thing for me because I'm not very focused on drawing and these tools lend themselves more in that direction (oil pastel is technically a painting tool). I still have a lot of work to do to improve in this area, but it's a start.
Yesterday, I visited a small town about an hour outside of Lisboa called Sintro. It's a nice town in the mountains with an old Moorish castle and several old palaces from a bygone era. I've updated the photo page with some photos of my day there, as well as added to the Lisbon photo section, too (the bottom of that gallery). I'll be returning to Sintro this week or next to do some more drawing and painting, but for now, enjoy the pics.
But before I go, a bit about this gallery where I'm staying - Zaratan. As I said before, they're an artist-run gallery that is a collective of nine artists across the art spectrum (painting, drawing, music, video, sound, etc.). One of their main goals is join artists from the various media and techniques to work together. Last night they had some expiremental ambient music combined with an installation artist. I've posted a video here for you to check it out. It's art, not really music, so you need to understand that these performances are less about attracting an audience and more about creating new ideas for the future of music.