"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method". Herman Melville

"I know nothing but miracles." Walt Whitman

sábado, 29 de outubro de 2011

Street art in Covilhã

Lots of recent activity in this town, streetartwise, due to this guys:

VHILS embelished a wall:

There was a german tv crew making a "Making of" film:

Beautiful tiles by Diogo Machado. From a distance they look like tradicional portuguese tiles, but looking closer they show interesting new motives. Click to enlarge:

These walls, painted gold and blue, are near a barroque church:

segunda-feira, 24 de outubro de 2011

I was featured in this book

I like how my paintings look in a book.

domingo, 23 de outubro de 2011

Barroca do Zêzere

Last Saturday I went for a walk along the river Zêzere, passing near some big mines where they extract mostly wolframite. Big heaps:

Some chemical reactions in the stones form this beautifull paterns. This is unintended landscape art. Click to enlarge:

Near Barroca do Zêzere we went to see this petroglyphs. Notice the head, neck and front leg of an horse on top, and another head bellow. The hand is pointig to the head of the first horse:

Ten thousand years and one day later, the following Sunday, the portuguese street artist VHILS and his crew started carving this face in a wall, in Covilhã. (I´ll post more photos soon):

quinta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2011

Algarve Gin Tonic

Now, witness the birth of a classic!
You saw it first here!
A couple of years ago portuguese authorities launched a campain to promote Algarve as a tourist destination for english speaking folks, they anglicizing the name of the province to "Allgarve".
To name this variation of gin tonic I invented, I also decided to anglicize a name of a town in Algarve, called Almancil.
So, this Gin Tonic is called ALLMENSILLY !!!!
It´s a simple recipy. You just add carob flour to your usual gin tonic, and it tastes delicious!
The ingredients:

Mix a small spoon of carob flour with ice.

Add gin and stir.

Add the tonic.

You should try this at home.

sábado, 15 de outubro de 2011

A walk down art gallery lane, in Porto

In Porto I found this new art gallery, anémona, showing this beautiful pieces by the young brasilian artist Marta Emília. She glues small pieces of painted paper to get this intricate, some organic and some geometric, paterns. The titles of the collages come from the lyrics of brasilian songs.

I particularly like this one titled "Brocal Dourado". It is detailed like an embroidery or a lace and it also reminds me of those colorfull underwater scenes from the coral reefs. Excelent.

In Galeria Presença, I saw this amazing sculptures by Pedro Valdez Cardoso. I like the clash between tribal art and the luxury fabrics (and not so luxury stuff like dusters and pins):

In the same gallery there was this piece by Alexandre Farto:

Works made by João Leonardo with cigarette butts he collected during a stay in Germany, from April 2010 to May 2011:

Some street art: