November 1, 2012

Joy, fury, love, death

Saturday afternoon. I go with some friends to Parc Güell to draw a panorama and we walk up to the Mirador del Virolai which has one of the best views of Barcelona. I take it slow so I come back twice more, the following tuesday and thursday. Alone. I've never taken such a long time for a drawing from life, six hours in total. My mind wanders about driven by what I see, what I draw, what I hear... I take pieces of conversations in many languages, I understand some snippets... people arrive, look, take a photo, leave, I keep on drawing...
I wonder what happens behind the third window of the second floor on that brick building... I imagine a filter that tells me with some color the places where people laugh joyfully, with some other color where they shout angrily,  with other where they make love, where someone just died... I know I'm drawing all this.

Looking Down

14 comments :

catalina rigo said...

Me parece un ejercicio muy interesante estar tantas horas con lo mismo, mi máximo son dos y me vuelvo loca, debería probarlo...

Lynn Cohen said...

Amazingly beautifully well done. Bravo! I love your tale of thoughts that go with the drawing/painting too! LIFE!

memi said...

You forgot insanity in your title-OMG, fantastic, Miguel!

isaac duenyas said...

An open window to life! A deep view! A Masterpiece!

Shari Blaukopf said...

Miguel, after I saw your other drawings closeup I can only imagine what this one must look like. This is CRAZY amazing. I hope one day I get to hold this book in my hands too.

Murray Dewhurst said...

Such intense detail and colour, fantastic!

kumi matsukawa said...

Superb, Miguel!! I wonder which part did you start with.
And I really like those details of trees a lot, too.

Cathy Gatland said...

Just fantastic Miguel, wow - love how your thoughts wander around with your pen too!

Rolf Schröter said...

love how all the parts in this obsessive rendering keep their own live and individuality and work together as a whole so well at the same time. really masterful.

jlbohon1 said...

i also enjoyed reading your thoughts regarding the sketch. your input on the drawing brings this chaotic busy scene into something tangible. Keep writing.

Rebellious Submission said...

This is just so beautiful...:)

petescully said...

dio mio, that it bloody incredible!!! and it's the thing about drawing being only a part of the experience, the rest being the looking, and the stories that are out there behind every window. Lovely stuff Miguel.

Miguel Herranz said...

Thank you so much everyone!

Kumi: I started framing the spread with the trees.

kumi matsukawa said...

Thank you for answering my question, Miguel!