[Javier de Blas in Abrantes, Portugal] Eduardo Salavisa is organizing for the first year Cadernos de Viagem de Abrantes (Abrantes Travel Sketchbooks ). I have been invited, in this edition, to draw the city for a week.
The Napoleonic era led to a radical change in the city. Miguel Real gives me the keys to Modernism: Replacement of old for modern, multipurpose stores for particularizad shops, taverns for cafes; the appearance of pharmacies, the proliferation of balconies, tile coverings ... There are or there have been all those things in Praça Raimundo Soares, the town hall square. But also, the hole city is full of modenist buildings of different ages.
The trees in the Praça da República generate a nice set of lines that I do not want to color, but two elements: the building of Raul Lino, in the background, with its peculiar style of "Portuguese house" and that small kiosk in the park.
I also draw the charming baroque chapel of St. Anne and some romantic elements of the cemetery, which shows an impressive view of the valley that moves me and makes me think of the infinite and the ephemeral nature of existence, as two inseparable things.