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

Tate Modern extension, London



The new £215m extension to Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is gradually rising. With annual visitor numbers of around five million, the huge, brick-built former power station that has housed the UK's modern and contemporary art collection for the past 14 years could do with some more space. 

I've always enjoyed museums at their quietest, just before closing perhaps, when you can get a painting, or a room even, to yourself. Whether this will be possible when the extension opens in 2016 we'll have to see. Much more likely is that, like road widening, the congestion will remain but with yet more traffic. The great news, on the other hand, is that so many people want to visit a museum of contemporary art.  

COMMENTS

BLOGGER: 1
Loading...

USk News$type=blogging$ct=0$au=0$m=0$show=http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/drawingattention.html

[Blog]$type=one$count=7$comments=0$author=hide$show=http://testuskblog.blogspot.com/p/usk-blog.html

[Workshops Blog]$type=two$c=12$ct=0$m=0$show=http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/usk-workshops.html

Instructors$type=carousel$cat=0$show=http://testuskblog.blogspot.com/p/usk-workshops.html

Symposium Blog$type=blogging$ct=1$au=0$show=http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/usk-symposium.html

Workshops$type=carousel$cat=1$show=http://testuskblog.blogspot.com/p/usk-symposium.html