Monday, November 11, 2013

Another walk in Sofia

Cafe by the Theatre, watercolor 38 x 28 cm
Boulevard Ruski in Sofia, watercolor 28 x 38 cm
There are some really beautiful old buildings in Sofia, which I have been noticing more lately. The cafe in the park in front of the National Teatre has this typical European atmosphere, which one cannot find here, in Canada. For some reason, ambiance is not a priority for the cafes and restaurants here. I like the character of the European cities and that's why I enjoy painting these city scenes.

23 comments:

Polly Birchall said...

Sofia looks so interesting from your lovely paintings

Lydie said...

Je vois que tu prends maintenant un réel plaisir à peindre ces scènes de rue. Sofia semble une bien belle ville. Bisous !

Blaga said...

Thank you, Polly!
Thank you, Lydie!
The centre of Sofia has some beautiful areas, where I love going for a walk on a Sunday. In the last decade the city became so crowded, that one has to avoid it in the rush-hour. But that's the story of every larger city, isn't it?

Tito said...

Complimenti Blaga, stai diventando una esperta acquarellista di scene cittadine, sempre difficili da interpretare. Il primo lo trovo molto bello con il bianco degli ombrelloni che attira immediatamente lo sguardo dell'osservatore. Abbraccio.

Judy said...

Your cityscapes are getting more and more beautiful, Blaga. They are both magnificent, with a beautiful warm summer feel. Sofia must be a wonderful city, thank you for the tour!

Mercedes Ares said...

Hola Blaga: Acuarelas preciosas y un muy buen documento de la hermosa ciudad de Sofia, cada día mejor interpretado por tus pinceles. Saludos!!

Jane said...

The before and after Alvaro Castagnet is striking, your works have become so much richer , detailed and I think quite difficult, but you paint anything with enormous skill . Really love these works !

Catharina Engberg said...

You have found some lovely spots to paint there! Well done!

Sadami said...

Hi, Blaga, wonderful paintings! You're getting better and better! Please teach me how to do watercolour!
Best wishes, Sadami

Rita Vaselli said...

Dear Blaga, I see what you mean ... when I go around Europe there are corners that look alike from Northern and Southern Italy to ... Warsaw. , from Barcelona.. to Sophia, as you show in your beautiful watercolors.
  Sometimes they are just the same architectural structures because the architects have always traveled and the mode of construction have spread from the Renaissance to
The eighteenth to the Liberty. Wonderful is your commitment on this issue and always rich, your accomplishments!

Beatriz Abel said...

Hermosas ciudades y magníficamente representadas en sus acuarelas, un placer ver sus pinturas

Sonia Aguiar said...

Estimada Blaga, realmente son dos acuarelas hermosas del entorno de Sofia. Te felicito!!
Mis mejores deseos, Sonia.

Floriana Quaini said...

Ciao Blaga,
sono stata un poco assente con il mio blog, ma adesso...
Ho guardato i tuoi lavori: davvero belli tutti quelli che hai fatto con Castagnet e anche quelli di Sofia.
Ormai riesci a rendere atmosfere davvero affascinanti.
Ti invidio molto per il corso con Castagnet. Lui è un mito per molti
acquerellisti.
Ho sentito che forse viene in Italia, a Padova: Sai qualcosa?
Ciao, a presto, abbracci, Floriana

Blaga said...

Thank you, Tito! I wasn't sure how the one with the umbrellas was turning out till the end. Then I looked at it and thought "Wow, not bad at all!"

Thank you, Judy! I love places in the city with character and nice ambiance and I've always wanted to be able to depict that atmosphere. I now feel way more confident in that.

Gracias Mercedes! Me alegro de que te gusten!

I'm so glad you see such a difference, Jane! Alvaro's workshop gave me some "tools" and techniques and also thought me what's important to look for and emphasise. I'm actually putting much less detail in the paintings now, but the big value contrast and the combination of wet and dry brush where appropriate, makes it look like there is much more in the painting. Thank you!

Thank you, Catharina! I've been going through my old photos and picking scenes with nice atmosphere and good light in them,that are appropriate for this style.

Blaga said...

Thank you, Sadami! Yah, you are funny!

Dear Rita, there is much beautiful old architecture in Europe, but also people make the most of it, by placing nice cafes and restaurant patios at these locations. So they can sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Here, in Ontario, if you want to have a beer outside, you will be sitting in a fenced area on the side-walk of a busy and noisy boulevard.

Gracias Beatriz!

Gracias Sonia!

Grazie, Floriana per il tuo commento e sono molto contento che ti piacciono i miei ultimi dipinti.
Just keep an eye on Alvaro's calendar, he may come over to your area soon: http://www.alvarocastagnet.net/events/upcoming/



Sherry Schmidt said...

Beautiful pieces Blaga, I love your city scenes!

Linda said...

Lovely paintings, Blaga! Hello from Montreal.

Popokatepetl said...

Unexpectedly beautiful impression of a city cafe -
at least for one, living in a town of so many
and various looks and feels
(not to exclude the European ones).

Elvi said...

Sono molto belle questa scene di città. Sei bravissima

Blaga said...

Thank you, Sherry, for visiting and for the nice comment!

Thank you, Linda from beautiful Montreal!

Thank you, Popokatepetl! In your comment I can detect some mixed feelings about the beauty of the city. Well, one of the motivations for painting is that you can make things the way you want them to be :)

Blaga said...

Grazie, Elvi, sono così felice che ti piaccia

Isabelle said...

j'aime beaucoup la lumiere que tu mets dans tes rues
bises

Sue Marrazzo said...

REALLy NICE!