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The Azores through the eyes of… Alexandra Baptista

Urban Sketchers nos Açores - Alexandra Baptista
Photo: Jenny Adam
Photo: Jenny Adam

Alexandra Baptista joined the Urban Sketchers 4 years ago, since when she has kept the impressions and feelings about her surroundings in her notebooks. This has transformed her view of what she sees. When invited to draw full-time and keep Jenny Adam company, sharing the place where she lives, she rediscovered the Azores and found other details in the landscape, in the gastronomy and in the “kindness and human warmth” of the local people.

We were in São Miguel, Terceira and Pico on a really intense and varied trip. Each island has its own ‘colours’ and idiosyncrasies and I enjoyed revisiting everything but the stay in Angra, on Terceira, stands out for me. Although brief, it was really striking for the cultural richness, and especially for the interaction with the people that revealed the true essence of the Urban Sketchers.

ILHA DE SÃO MIGUEL

Mercado da Graça [Market place], Ponta Delgada

Ilha de São Miguel, Ponta Delgada, Mercado da Graça

Lagoa do Fogo

Lagoa do Fogo

Caldeira Velha

Caldeira Velha

Parque Terra Nostra / Terra Nostra Park

Parque Terra Nostra

Praia da Caloura

Praia da Caloura

Islet of Vila Fanca do Campo

Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo

ILHA TERCEIRA
Angra do Heroísmo

Angra do Heroísmo

Biscoitos

Biscoitos

Algar do Carvão

Algar do Carvão


ILHA DO PICO
Vinhas da Ilha do Pico 
/ Pico Island Vineyards

Vinhas da Ilha do Pico

Museu do Vinho / Wine Museum

Museu do Vinho

Rota da Faina Baleeira / Whaler Tour

Rota da Faina Baleeira

Ponta da Ilha e Calheta

Calheta e Manhenha

São Roque do Pico

São Roque do Pico

Madalena

Ancoradouro

Delicacies of the Azores

Delicias dos Açores


Alexandra Baptista, born in Estremadura, lost her heart to the Azores. She graduated in Fine Arts/Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and then taught visual arts and took up drawing. As an Urban Sketcher she found an inspired and reflective way to share, one that is free of constraints and stimulates idiosyncrasies.

Blog: http://mybloginsitu.blogspot.pt


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