• Emma Bijloos

Valencia, December 2019

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

I ended the year with a last-minute trip to Valencia, Spain. For four days, my good friend Alma and I explored the neighborhoods (and tapas bars) of this wonderful city. Best of all: after three months of not touching a paint brush or pencil, I finally found time (and inspiration) to create a small series of urban sketches. I used a square-shaped Hahnemühle ZigZag-book, containing several pages of watercolor paper folded in accordion-style.

Thursday 26 December

Exploring Valencia's 'ciutat vella', historic city centre. Beautiful!

Friday 27 December

Playa de la Patacona, Valencia. Ink and watercolor in Hahnemühle ZigZag-watercolor book.

Alma patiently waiting for me to finish my painting. As you can see, it took one big glass of orange juice and half a plate of (patatas) 'bravas'!

Palm trees and orange trees line the streets and beaches of Valencia. I ended our trip with a painting of an orange tree - see below!

Saturday 28 December

Bluebell coffee bar, Ruzafa, Valencia. Ink and watercolor in Hahnemühle ZigZag-watercolor book.

Left: Starting the day with oat milk cappuccino and mimosa at Bluebell coffee bar.

Right: Ending the day with squid ink tagliatelle with clams, shrimp and cherry tomatoes at La Pentola, Benimaclet. Ink and watercolor in Hahnemühle ZigZag-watercolor book.

Sunday 29 December

Left: posing in front of the freshest house in Valencia. Right: afternoon break with 'pintxos' (tapas) and cerveza in the old city centre.

I used the two final pages of my ZigZag-book to paint a self-portrait, based on a picture Alma made in Ruzafa (Russafa) neighborhood. Goodbye Valencia, until next time!

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