Today we went sketching to the Ashford Avenue in Condado, a couple blocks from where I sketched yesterday. I did a few sketches, but probably the one I loved the most is the one I gave as a gift. We met a family, friends of ours from school, and one of the daughters was celebrating her 4th birthday today. She had just received a dog balloon animal, and she asked me to sketch it for her; I gladly did. I liked it a lot, but not more than her, who asked me to sign it for her… so cute!! Of course I did, she thanked me and went home with a huge smile, proudly carrying her balloon pet and its portrait. At least I’m sure someone appreciated what I sketched today.
Here are some of the other, more mundane sketches without a tender story I did today:
Today I went to Condado for Park(ing) Day, a worldwide event in which citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Landscape Architecture students, through their ALAS organization, started promoting this event locally two years ago, but this year, the participation of students from every design school in the country was a premonition that it could be something special. The other schools were: New School of Architecture at PUPR, the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, the School of Architecture of the PUCPR in Ponce, the International School of Design at Universidad del Turabo and the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico; students from Ponce held the event there, but all the other schools went to Condado.
It was a vibrant day, full of surprises for the public, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try to do a sketch of every park. I didn’t make it, but I had a fun spending time with friends, colleagues, students and family. Here are my sketches for the day:
We had planned to go sketch at the historic Cemetery of San Juan, but it happens that it is closed on Saturdays at noon. We tried to sketch it from the nearby hills, after all it is a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean, the San Felipe del Morro fort and part of the cemetery viewed from above. I hadn’t finished my first sketch when it started to rain really intense. We took shelter at the nearby Cuartel de Ballajá, and did a few sketches there. Today I went again to Old San Juan and managed to do a sketch of the Capilla del Cristo before returning home.