Sketching Cristo Rei in Timor Leste
Being in Timor Leste, I felt obliged to go for sketching the Cristo Rei. Or most probably I felt to go to visit the Cristo Rei.
But before climbing all the promontory, I made some sketching from the beautiful sea side down, a gorgeous beach with a crystal clear sea water.
According to Wikipedia
Cristo Rei of Dili (Christ the King of Dili) is an 88.6-foot-high (27.0 m) statue of Jesus located a top of a globe in Dili, East Timor. The statue was designed by Mochamad Syailillah, who is better known as Bolil. The statue was officially unveiled by Suharto in 1996 as gift from the Indonesian government to the people of East Timor, which was at the time still a province. The statue is one of the main tourist attractions in East Timor.
The statue, and the globe on which it rests, are situated at the end of the Fatucama peninsula, facing out to the ocean and can be reached by climbing some 500 steps.
I climbed all the mountain, all the steps and was very difficult. Not because the steps, but because the heat. The beautiful steps and stops are covered by a large amount of trees, like a tunnel. But the humidity was hitting badly and also I choose probably the wrong time of the day… It was around 11.00 AM.
So after reaching the top I enjoyed a lot the statue, the panorama, the people there was looking to me as strange kind of tourist. I shoot also some good pictures, later sent to my sweet wife by email. I enjoyed a lot. No way.
After that I climbed down and I took place on a wood seat down the first open space, just down the statue and I started sketching. It’s like the arrival of Jesus Christ (all the steps are made with stops like the walk to the Cross of Jesus) and was also my rest.
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So I took starting sketching with my Noodlers Ahab filled with Platinum Mix Free Earth Brown and I colored everything under the sun with water brushes and W&N watercolors. Some sweat droplets are there also to add some salinity…
I was inspired to go for this earthy tone and I liked a lot. But the Ahab is a gusher and I almost finished all my ink once completed even the second sketch below. And I didn’t took the all bottle with me so… they were my only sketching with this gorgeous ink.
Not happy with my sweating I also sketched down the last stop, just under the statue of Cristo Rei.
It was a fantastic morning…