Yesterday we held our first official event of our sketching group Garabateando.com in Ponce, PR. This weekend we were in Ponce, PR because the annual architects’ convention was held there. So early in the morning we went to the convention. My wife and I both had polo shirts embroidered with our logo, which drew some interest among our friends and several of the exhibitors. They said the idea seemed fun, so we expect some of them to join us in future dates. We had lunch and then went to the sketching site.
We brought with us a few extra pencils and pads to share if anyone was interested to join us. A few bystanders asked about what we were doing but none dared to pick up a pencil. I hope that when we have a larger group we can convince some of them to sketch with us. I sketched with ink and watercolors on one of those pads-to-share. I liked that those pads feel so informal that you easily get into the I-don’t-care-about-the-result mentality, and sketches are fast, simple, loose and very spontaneous. Here are some of my sketches:
Fuente de los Leones
Parque de Bombas
We stayed at the Hotel Meliá one more night to attend the rest of the convention’s activities. This morning we sketched a bit more:
After we checked out, we had lunch at a fantastic restaurant called Archipiélago, at the rooftop of the building in front of the hotel. Superb food, great service and a spectacular view. I sketched this while waiting for our lunch:
View from Archipiélago Restaurant
It was a fantastic and a very entertaining weekend. We’ll do our best to keep it up, while our sketching group grows. Next week we’ll be “garabateando” at Old San Juan, at the Puerta de San Juan, 2pm.