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Fully digitalized

I can't believe I can say it! Two days ago I completed this project. It was starting to go too crazy because during several hours every day I was full focused on it. It invaded my mind so deeply it visited me during nights and dreams too.

More details soon.


Inks in use

These are the inks I'm using currently. There were chosen in order to match with my notebook style. After years I manage to use them properly and find myself confortable with these tones. My fountain pens love them.

However they are not waterproof and I wonder if I could find similar colors in waterproof brands. Soon I will post a video testing these ink with water. Horrible results.

My atelier is the real world

My current notebook together with the last one.

One of the great points of keeping a notebook is the portability. I don't need a wardrobe full of writing tools, big easel or a studio. I can write in a terrace, in a mountain, in the bed and in the train. But nor under the rain.

My atelier is the real world.


2050. Asteroid Museum

In 2050, 30 years after its discovery, the mysterious half-carved stone was taken from its far orbit and brought to the Earth. Even the wisest still don’t know if it’s a product of nature or alien made. Is nature able to create this smooth surface and regular shape? Obviously yes, and even more complex geometries we can find in Earth. Nobody can imagine what's outside. However something else was carved on this asteroid. Maybe random. Biologists, religious and philosophers debate about the weird symbols found on the surface:

1.) A triangle.
2.) our rods with look like a four digits abacus.
3.) A kind of stain.

But I can find a link...


Proposal of modification for Sevilla

I've heard there are not 7 Eleven in Sevilla. I can't imagine that kind of nonsense life with 7 Elevens nearby. Therefore I suggest opening the first one in the most recognized building in the city, La Giralda.

Just minor modifications. It's time now since the last one were some centuries ago. They will love it.


My very first notebook

I keep all the notebooks and paintings from the school. Lucky me. Actually I keep many memories from my childhood including toys and photos. This one was made the first day of school when I had rarely picked up a pen. Probably the teacher didn't have the proper dots guided letters notebooks for kids and she invented that temporary solution.

The result is a weird thing. Look at these chains of "2"! Apparently it's a disaster but when looking at these pages in deep I find a kind of natural freedom trying to adapt to the new rules.

And it's orange! Well, it was more orange before time tested it.


Game of the goose shop in Paris

I found this shop a couple of years ago in Paris but I was not too involved in that game during that time. I came back to Paris now and I looked for this shop specifically and I found it thanks to GPS position in the photo I took the other time. Well, more or less, but I finally found it.

Nowadays I'm full dedicated to my personal project about Game of the goose, which I should choose a name for. The shop is full of old versions, all of them handmade by the owner based on the original games. Fascinating. This level of quality provides a great feeling. The book attached is a great plus Inspiration.

Here I show how is going with my own work. Draft to be finished soon:


Sennelier, Paris

Located in the other side of Senna river, in front of Louvre. Maybe the outside says nothing to the eyes and certainly the window is so simple and (apparently) careless. But wait to see inside. It's exactly the old style I'd like for a studio with all these wooden drawers and shelves. Every year of its long history is doing the atmosphere better and better.

In the second floor there are plenty of choices for drawing. I was surprised by the variety of Japanese fine tools, not easy to find in real shops by there.


Bangkok in my mind

No matter how many times I go to Bangkok, when it comes to my mind I always remember these concrete ways in several levels and colorful taxis.

Well, recently I also visualize mango sticky rice and some tropical fruits. I don't need to say I miss Bangkok a lot.


Paris sights

People looking at Eiffel Tower.
Here some photos from my last visit to Paris. The world is going crazy. I always say the time for tourist places is gone. All sights are full of people everywhere and the experience when visiting them is always the same.

Avoid places with tickets windows and buses.
People looking at Notre Dame.

People looking at Mona Lisa. 

People looking at Mona Lisa.

People looking at Venus de Milo.


Chinatown in Bangkok

I was happy to discover this Chinese bubble in the middle of Bangkok.

Crowd, gold shops and street food in everywhere. It's cock year now and I couldn't resist to buy a couple of Chinese New Year envelopes together other similar stuff.

Yes, reliable bag

After two and a half months of traveling with my new bag I can write down the conclusion of the experiment: ORANGE TEST PASSED.

38 liter capacity is a little big for my current requirements. Maybe 33 liter could fix much better. Anyways its quality looks reliable enough when considering this kind of bags for light packing.

And it's turquoise-green.


Saigon: Motorbike culture

If one thing comes to ti mind when I remember Ho Chi Minh is the motorbikes. Not just traffic with full of them but rivers of scooters filling the road... and the sidewalks! As crazy as fascinating.

Btw, I loved Ho Chi Minh. A great discovery of nice, polite and elegant people, with good manners. A lot to learn from Vietnamese culture.


Field Notes after 2.5 months of use: Unbreakable

This Field Notes Expedition edition after a two and a half months trip. Everyday in my pocket for fast notes. It's almost unbreakable. It's supposed to be waterproof and other crazy-proof. The thin notebook is perfect for the pocket and replace my usual little organizer for travels (mainly because of the thickness).

Writing on such a plastic surface is weird.  Only a few pens can be used, for example ball pens.

Next time I will experiment with a similar format but filled with my dear vergè paper, a pleasure to write on it. Probably it will not last this long but maybe it ages in a beautiful way.


About nomadic life

Ah, the nomadic life… (note necessarily me). What a fascinating lifestyle it is. Easy and appealing. It hooks. 

No ties to belongings, contracts or bills. He walks light, just a few kilograms in quantity of 6 or 8, plus what he wears, which allows him to move forward easily, almost in an ethereal way. He takes the advantages from each place and discards the bad ones. He takes the flowers and misses the thorns. He enjoys optimizing the luggage and even creates a a new words to describe that feeling. He didn’t find that word yet but probably it woulds ends as “-tisfaction”. He knows the value of magical technology and allows it to take some grams in his bag. Doing like that applies also to life. We are here just temporary and it’s better go light. Belongings will not come with us, actually they will become dust eventually. 

I add something: Being nomadic is not needed all the time. Actually it fatigues a little.

Ah, the dollar... Mickey doesn't love you!

I had the opportunity to use dollars in Cambodia recently. Having US dollars in the pocket creates feeling which don't happen with other currencies.

US dollar pushes you to spend money. It also gives you a kind of power, even when you carry just a few dollars. It's all about psychology.

Anyways, here I show a tribute to dollar and money in general. A weird entity everybody use but not many people understand. Meaning of money now is so different from some decades ago since it's not just a value keeping but a complex system of rights and taxes. However it remains the same in people's mind. Maybe it's because notes in paper are the same.

And yes, again: Mickey Mouse is not your friend. He doesn't love you!


Eyes: A window to the Cosmos

Fascinating eyes. What a complex move in the evolution path. Why eye was created? Some could think (and they do) the final goal of the universe is to be self-conscious. I don't think so even when it's a magic explanation.
Anyways one thing is clear: I can feel the Cosmos is looking at me through the eyes of a wise cat, a calm elephant and more cases. It's all about feeling.


Angkor Wat (ercolor)

Angkor Wat in watercolor style.

Also writing about a new discovery: No head Buddha. Negative thinking? Practice no head. No thinking at all! I guess it's my favorite Buddha from now on. Better even the laying Buddha.


Asia feeling

When I think of Asia I see street food. And also activity, crowd streets, cables, motorbikes, nice people, good feeling, extraordinary food, Summer clothes, tropical fruits and all kind of smells.

Everything flows. I hope Asia never changes, or changes for better.


Map of the (not finished) route

Map updated. Completed until today however I have no idea what's the next stop. Fortunately there are so many great places in Asia so I will leave the Orange route line open.

Btw, the water used for the watercolor was taken in Arabian Sea, so the map is made with real water. I love these kind of mystical links. They add value, I guess.

Orange monks in Cambodia

Angkor Wat, modern times

The world has changed and it's still changing so extremely fast. Globalization is in everywhere.

It's not possible to visit the tourist places any more. Not only in Europe, where they were ruined some years ago, now in most of the places.

I stopped visiting tourist points long time ago and only did some exceptions. One of them, recently in Angkor Wat, supposed to be a first level highlight. Well, I expected something like that. I was selective with places in the guides (which I use as places to avoid in general) but now it's time to take a clear action.

Anyways, from now on I stop all kind of visits to temples, pagodas, waterfalls and those kind of places. I said.

Angkor Wat at sunrise.

Martin Parr spirit came to me again and gave me the chance to take these shots. Great!


ABC: Leter B

Just B.

The universe doesn't need you think or do complex things. Just be. Be what you are and being, you will contribute to the whole plan, the unknown wish of the create force. A stone behaves as a stone and being stone is part of the Cosmos mechanism.