The Bon Vivant : Café Sketching in Lagos Portugal
That bright red building (The Bon Vivant) was quite eye catching. How could I resist?
I love how, if you just relax and have fun with a sketch – it always shows through in the final result.
Yes, proper perspective goes out the window, but the enjoyment of the gestural brushwork can make up for any flaws in realism.
The internet gives me a quote from Georges Braque which says:
“The hard-and-fast rules perspective imposes on art were a ghastly mistake it has taken four centuries to redress…Scientific perspective forces the objects in a picture to disappear away from the beholder instead of bringing them within his reach as painting should”.
In this case, I really could see that bell tower down the street – if I leaned way out to the left it was just in view. So, perhaps I had to lean the block over to get it in? Not to mention the other choices. Dimming the Bon Vivant’s paint job to a more mellow perylene maroon, slimming down the boxy old building, and giving it some Ottoman empire arches, similar to what we saw on another building that day.
After all – there has to be a reason we’re doing the drawing in the first place – when otherwise a photograph would serve perfectly well.