Almost every year I return to Brazil to spend the Christmas holidays at the beach. I know, Christmas time doesn't fit with summer and beach, but that's the Christmas I always had here, with plastic pine tree covered with plastic snow. And I love this winter break.
Inside the "Livraria Cultura" and in the "Padoca do Mani" for the breakfast with a friend, São Paulo.
The view from the boat at the Paraty seaside.
Unfortunately I didn't know the Urban Sketchers yet as the 5th Symposium in 2014 took place in Paraty. What a frustation I had as I found it out! I come to Paraty every year, I never get tired to see and photograph this lovely colonial town. As a small compensation I went to Paraty to draw there, fighting against the heat (36 degrees) and the mosquitoes. A friend of mine from Switzerland, Oliver Sprenger, was also there to make his first "urban sketching"!
That's the traditional scene that repeats ever year: my mom in the kitchen preparing the Christmas dinner, turkey. I tried to draw it inside the oven, but it was impossible. Sad.
Here is the view to the garden. The family was preparing a "churrasco" (Brazilian barbecue) while I was sketching it with a ventilator beside me.
View to the beach "Lagoinha".
Another view to the garden. That's my mom again taking care of the plants.