giovedì 21 dicembre 2017


I traveled to Costa Rica for three weeks with Felpa Gialla!
This trip was one of my favorites. The country takes care of its natural parks, trying to protect one of the last places where nature is synonymous with abundance.

On this trip we stayed in a Chocolate factory, where we saw the whole process, from the collection to the refining of cocoa, at Hotel Belmar, the first carbon neutral hotel, and at Finca Exotica, which is defined more a place of inspiration, a retreat, more than an ecolodge. If you are traveling to Costa Rica, I suggest you visit these three areas and the surroundings.

 In the North there is Rio Celeste, in the center the Cloud Forest and in the South the park with the most biodiversity in the world, Corcovado National Park. We moved a lot with the buses and we faced three changes of airplane in the first leg and four changes on the return , but we survived!
We have many things to tell even about our movements.

Costa Rica, like all countries, hides many contradictions, starting from the statistics of the people who follow the Christian religion, practically 99% and the widespread trade of drugs.
People are very hospitable, a little shy about private matters, but they open up to dialogue very easily.
If you say thank you, they answer "Mucho gusto", that means, with pleasure, if you look for directions they will try to help you even if they can not give you an answer. If you speak Spanish you will still have to get used to their accent, very different from that of Spain.

In Costa Rica it is important to know how to use watercolor. And about colors, I have always had a somewhat conflictive relationship. Color is related to my emotional tranquility, it is something connected to joy.
Because of some difficulties and stress about travel planning, that we found along the way, I have "unlocked my color feeling" only at the end.
For this reason, I normally try to travel for longer periods, to have time to adapt to the situation, so I can observe with more quiet, but this time it was not possible.

I thank all the people who made this trip possible and Lonely Planet Italy who gave us the guide.
We felt all the time in the family!
Together with the owner of Cata Chocolate we celebrated Thanksgiving, at the Hotel Belmar they were all very kind and helpful, they stayed to chat with us for a long time despite their commitments to explain their project of environmental sustainability, same thing to Finca Exotica where Markus and Gabriela talked to us and showed their dream.

All Costa Rica can be considered a spiritual retreat.
Really where there is nature there is spirit.My and my companion wrote some articles about our journey here: Patreon (in english) and on Felpa Gialla (in italian)
Hope you enjoy!

domenica 9 luglio 2017

Hula Hoop evening

The last evening of Hula Hoop model was yesterday.
The Pigneto district asked to Hula Hop association to do an open door performance while some street poets acted their poetry.
It was a really good experience, we were sorrounded by visual and sonar stimulus.The model was inspired by "The fifth elements", she wore Milla Jovovich's costume.
The better thing was the possibility to create 360° sketches because the model posed in the centre of the square.
I love move around the model and sketch the same pose (10 mn poses) from many point of view!

domenica 18 giugno 2017

Hula Hoop evening

Thanks to friend, I found this nice club in Rome, "Hula Hop, that organizes artistic event as Milonga and Figure Drawing.
Is an association managed by artists and graphic designer who take care to promote music, painting, dance etc.
The model performed on 10 minute poses. For me it is too much time, so I enjoyed drawing the whole scene and the other sketchers!

domenica 23 aprile 2017

Botanic Garden in Zurich

The domes of Botanic Garden

There are three amazing domes in Zurich, with a lot of different succulentum, some of them stinks, some has a beautiful colorful flowers, some seems like a bottle of water with thorns, other grew up amazingly high in so few time!!
If you have the change to visit Zurich, go to this free museum!

The three domes have different ambient, with very humid or dry temperature.
It was a pleasure spent time inside during the cold spring.

Bogen Sport Zentrum in Zurich

I've been in Zurich for three weeks.
Bogen Sport Zentrum is one of my favourite shops, full of bizarre things like armors, wooden sculpture, Japanese bowls, cars and plane, Buddha statue, etc.
We was in searching of a place to shoot and Bogen Sport has an area for archers.
Kurt Nünlist is a world champion. The idea behind Bogen Sport was to create a place to teach and practice archery, there are not so many places in the city.
It is an indoor gym and, in the same time, a shop where you can find strange sculpture for all tastes!
You you will go in Zurich, keep an eye.
It was so funnny sketch inside!
The store is located near Binz, near the stop of S10. 

mercoledì 11 gennaio 2017


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