Art by Emma Bennett

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  • What inspires me to sketch...

    In one word it's Architecture. I love architecture. I mainly photograph buildings, and from these I sketch. In particular I like the Art Nouveau style. Therefore there are many sketches of Barcelona and Vienna as prime examples of this. To me the ultimate example of Art Nouveau is the work of Antoni Gaudi.

    Barcelona was of course the home of Gaudi which is why I have sketched it so much. You'll notice all my Barcelona sketches are of Gaudi buildings. Whether its the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral (still being built today), or Casa Batllo (now open to the public to go inside - it's on my radar!), to Park Guell and it's famous winding seat.

    My favourite Gaudi building is La Pedrera. Built on a corner but with no right angles. The outside looking like crashing waves. Featured in many classic car adverts. The bottom levels consists of the gift shop, the middle is either apartments or offices, and the top a museum followed by the best part of all, the rooftop. It's on the rooftop the building can be seen at its best. It has a hole in the middle of the building, so you gaze down to the apartments below. The roof consists of walkways of crazy mosaic chimney pots as you enjoy the rooftop view across the city.

    I love the mosaic shapes, patterns, and detail he uses as it totally lends itself to my art style.

    I can never tire of the city, as I am soon to visit for the 5th time.

    Barcelona was one of the first places I sketched along with New York and Brighton. My collection of Barcelona art stands at 10 and can be seen in full on this website alongside my artwork of Valencia.

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