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

Cape Bonavista Light

My 89-year-old father has been wanting to visit Newfoundland all his life. He says it's the only Canadian province he hasn't seen, so this summer my sister and I decided to take him there. Known for rain, fog and stormy weather, we packed for the weather. Except this year Newfoundland has been experiencing an exceptionally hot and dry summer. Nary an inch of rain in all of July. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting the clear, bright days like this one at Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Good thing I brought along lots of cerulean blue. Situated at the end of the Bonavista Peninsula, it seems like you are arriving at the end of the earth as you approach, except for the circus tent type structure set sharply against the sky. It may not have been a great summer for Newfoundland gardens but it sure was a great week of sketching on The Rock.


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