Category Archives: Travel

Street Art in Rio De Janeiro

The streets of Rio are filled with colorful art. Some recall comics style, others show an influence of Japanese Anime. There is so much Variety and character to these, much more than just graffiti, but murals, tributes, and city beautification.

Even candy is presented in an artistic way. These look like mosaics!

These colorful paintings decorate the beach at Ipanema.

These were decorating the walls in Leblon.


These hip skater pictures of Frida Kahlo were on the street in Porto Seguro. I noticed that Frida is a bit of a folk hero here.

Images we might consider “racist caricatures” were popular in tourist shops here.

These images decorate hotels and airports. You can see a romanticization of Native Brazilians and African people.

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Portraits of Brazilians

In my travels I made a few drawings of locals and gave them away.

This was a waitress at a restaurant in Natal.

These were guests at a wedding.

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Luisa & os Alquimistas

I got to catch a live reggae band in a club in natal. Their music is on Spotify if you search for them. They didn’t have a live drummer, but a dj and they made the crowd dance with lyrics in Portuguese and English. Check them out!

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A sleepy little beach town. Few tourists come here so there aren’t the quantity of bars and curio shops we have seen in the other towns. It’s mostly Fishermen, biologists and locals who have many generations here.

We came upon a festival, with lantern decorations and people playing music in the streets.

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Beach drawing at night

I took a walk east from my rental and saw a spot wher people were watching the waves crash on the rocks. Some were fishing with gigantic poles, some were drinking beer. I drew the spot from the beach, then walked there and drew the view from there.

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View from the beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Can you see the little lifts? This is sugar loaf mountain in Rio. It was cloudy today.What a beauftiful place. I’m here in winter (June) so the beach is almost empty. But as soon as I approached it, I heard surf music in my head. Everything is like a surf music album cover photo. It’s so gorgeous here!

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Daily drawing meditation

A brief trip to San fransisco resulted in these drawings of people buildings and flowers.



this   was at the United nations plaza and civic center. There were many nice vendors at the market. I bought some jewelry, strawberries and some decorative coral.      

Here are a few comedians I saw at a show at The Royale.



They aren’t all excellent drawings, but it’s good to practice buildings. They require patience, attention to detail, attention to perspective, and an ability to draw straight lines in symmetry. Thanks for looking!

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