Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Catch- Up Post, But Not So Big
I drew so much, mostly in museums, but also in restaurants and along the street. By Sunday evening I had amassed 100 new drawings. And then, while we were sitting at dinner in a small restaurant with two friends, someone slipped into the nearly-empty room (while we were distracted by the waiter arriving at the table with a paella made with black squid-ink rice) and deftly removing my handbag without any of us noticing. In that bag was my sketchbook. In fact, I had just shown it to one of our friends at the table and had slipped it back into my bag shortly before the waiter arrived. An hour later I noticed the bag was gone, along with my sketchbook, phone, passport, credit cards, cash, a map, and my prescription sunglasses.
So this first drawing shows the cashier window at the American embassy in Barcelona, where I spent Monday morning getting a replacement passport. (I had brought along a second empty sketchbook in case I used up the first one.)
On the right are a bunch of ideas for a pick-pocket-proof bag! I learned a lot after losing all my essentials. Mainly I realized how dumb I was to carry everything in one place. I loved my little sheep bag, but next time I'll keep my money and cards and passport in different pockets of my clothing and use the handbag for sketchbook and pens and maps and phone. I won't carry all my cards or my passport, but will leave passport and all but one of the cards at home/hotel/apartment. And I'll shorten the bag strap so it's easy to keep in my lap when I'm sitting down.
A nice amenity of the Barcelona airport is the view of the Mediterranean from some of the gates. From our gate we could see the sea as well as a house on top of a hill overlooking the sea, with umbrella pines at the base of the hill. I then drew airport faces in honor of the many face drawings that got away.