Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Herkenrather Kapelle

 Herkenrather kapelle

Here in Western Europe the weather has been horrible for outside drawing lately; snow, frost and freezing wind. But at last: since a few days the weather has improved enough to go outside and draw!
So yesterday, returning from a visit to a client in Roermond, I passed this little chapel in the middle of some bare fields.

It was located along a road that we call locally "the international road". It's a road between two Dutch towns (Brunssum and Koningbosch), but runs across Germany for some 10 miles.
Formerly, some 20 years ago when the borders were not as open as they are nowadays, the road was fenced off from the surrounding fields. You could not leave the road and you were not allowed to stop there. That was to avoid smuggling. Back then living near the border meant taking advantage of low prices across the border.
But on the  bright side: even though there was a speed limit of 80 km/hour you could drive as fast as you could because the Dutch police had no jurisdiction on this piece of German territory: they could not hand out speeding tickets. And as the road was not accessible from the German side, the German police could not enter it! But I should add that it also meant that it was the most lethal road in the Netherlands.
Anyway: nowadays it's not prohibited to stop and leave the car anymore: so I could get out and draw this cute little chapel!



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