Friday, February 27, 2009

Sketching at the Mansilla 3935 B&B in Buenos Aires

"Room reflections"
Bob and I prefer staying in bed and breaksfasts rather than 4 or 5 star hotels. We always have fun meeting guests from other countries and talking with the owners. Mansilla B&B turned out to be a great choice. Palermo is a wonderful neighborhood and we were in easy walking distance to lovely shops and restaurants. If you are curious, check out their Website:

Our room is featured on the right panel. Marta Elena, one of the owners, told us the home is a hundred years old. The ceilings were probably 14 feet high. The room was spacious, simple, and very comfortable. We had a high window that opened onto one of the two very small patios and our personal very nice bathroom. Each morning we would chat with people from around the world at the breakfast table. We met people from Alberta, Canada; New York City; Boston area; Netherlands; Ireland; France; and Germany. The rates were most reasonable and the family is delightful. They offered us coffee in the kitchen on our final afternoon, and were always helpful securing transportation.

One afternoon I did a couple quick sketches with a micron pen shown here. I apologize for the quality of the photos. The room reflections could become inspiration for a painting.

Last night our South Side Art Club met for our weekly painting session. We are taking turns meeting at each other's homes because we lost our free space at the community center. The change is proving to be very delightful. I did a larger drawing of my gaucho woman on tracing paper so I can easily do multiple works using her image.

Tomorrow I will share a couple watercolor sketches of the Chilean Fjords. Although I occasionally do landscapes, I prefer them with elements, such as a building, that suggest the presence of people. These are pure landscapes because no one lives there and I didn't feel like including the ship.

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