GUEST DOODLEWASH: Painting in Portugal

Doodlewashes by Vanessa d'Azevedo


These glorious doodlewashes come to us from artist Vanessa Hands d’Azevedo, in Carcavelos, Portugal (about 7.5 miles west of Lisbon). Born there in 1974, she still lives and maintains her studio there today. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to see more amazing work from this incredibly talented artist!

Vanessa has a gift for capturing life’s moments in a way that tell a wonderful story. For her watercolors, she uses a varied palette with a focus on structure, balance and harmony. The result is a stunning peek inside everyday life that’s filled with beauty and emotion.  From the art critic Alfonso Almeida Brandão, “the artist has a large clearance in the technical aspect of treatment in terms of shapes, volumes, shadows, shades and transparencies.”

Very early in life, Vanessa began to show a talent for artistic creation. She was certainly influenced by her father, respected Portuguese painter, Rui de Azevedo, but she has now already made a name for herself in Portuguese Contemporary Watercolor.

A watercolorist of feature for Naturalist, she has also worked in the field of illustration for children’s books.  Vanessa has a love for nature and animals. You’ll often find her painting in her studio surrounded by her cats and a Labrador Retriever. She says, “I also love old cities and antiques. That is where I get my inspiration.”

Thanks for being a guest doodlewash feature, Vanessa, and sharing your amazing paintings with us. And if you haven’t already, do follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and also Pinterest! She’s truly amazing!

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  1. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    Such gorgeous style…very painterly. Love!!!

  2. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    PS I will follow! (sing that 80’s song)

  3. randomblogge002 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning

  4. thepaperbaker 7 years ago

    What an astounding set of watercolors! So much character & depth 🙂

  5. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    Her palette and style captures that Old World European charm beautifully!

  6. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Spectacular art Vanessa. I feel invited into the painting to be a part of the scene. Thank you for sharing your inspirational paintings. Thank you Charlie!!

  7. kirkistan 7 years ago

    Tremendous! I so want to step into Vanessa’s world and take a walk.

  8. Kari 7 years ago

    Wow, Charlie, these are beautiful! Will be following!!

  9. Jodi 7 years ago


  10. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Gorgeous and beautiful paintings! Love the interplay of color, shape, and line…they really sing. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful find Charlie.

  11. Bipasha 7 years ago

    These are amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing 👍

  12. amaryllislog 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!

  13. Vanessa 7 years ago

    Thank you very much to all for the lovely comments about my painting, specialy to
    Doodlewash for taking the time to share my work.

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