Friday, August 1, 2008

La Rambla and Parc Guell

La Rambla is an amazing street in Barcelona. Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca said "it is the only street in the world which I wish would never end". It is lined with trees, shops, restaurants, kiosks, street performers and throngs of tourists. The police car drawing was done while taking a rest in a courtyard just off la Rambla . The other drawing is a fairly quick sketch of an industrial looking building turned into a marketplace. I did this one on the walk back from Parc Guell.

I an finding that where I draw is more important than what I draw. In Spain, at this time of year, I'm looking for a cool spot with a breeze and a place to sit down. This is drawn looking out toward the city from the Hall of Columns. The colorful serpentine tile benches are above this hall. The difference in temperature between above and below is about 15° (F). Again, the crowds of people are missing. I need them here to add scale to the drawing. the base of these columns is about 5' tall.

The scene I was drawing from above.


Vovash said...


I came here, by chance, just skipping through by "next blog" button.
I really enjoyed your writing and beautiful sketches.
I would like to add your blog to my blogs list. Do you mind?



Ken said...

That would be great!

Thank you for the comment.

belcarrapilgrim said...

beautiful work. Now I cam across your work here after doing a google search. I have 4 framed pencil sketches here of sailing ships, they are signed Ken Foster.
Are these yours???

Ken said...

Hi Pilgrim, I'm sorry but I don't think it is me. Your search must continue.... hope you come back.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Aw, I love this place. thank you for rminding me of it.

Ambrosia said...

Ken, first time I've looked through your blog what's taken me so long??? Love your sketches - wow what a talent. Your journal pages are magnificent! I love the one with the sunflower and photo portion - all different images together. And the great houses in Gerona.
So glad Geoff directed me to your blog!!

Ken said...

Wow. thanks for the great comments Anita!