It has been a very busy two weeks since last I wrote - Firstly I'd like to apologise for the time it has taken me to upload this text as promised - The time has flown so quickly whilst here. When having fun the time moves quickly. Three weeks in and I have been busy creating many sketches and writings, formulating ideas and bringing together research that I have done so far. I have been learning Spanish and slowly it is sticking - I feel a little part of my mind creating a special area and finally can start to see how the words fit together and how the grammar works. It takes a while but once you see how it fits together then it sticks in the mind. It is exciting when things begin to click... practica makes perfecto.
I have been visiting many museums and galleries in and around Malaga and soon I will be travelling further a field to explore Sevilla, Cordoba, Cadiz and more to finalise research on La Historica de Espana for the intended murales (mural).
I hope to begin the actual piece from Lunes 10th March - at which point I will be in the room most days from the afternoon through until the late evening. I am itching to make a start - but I need to research a little more the region of Andalusia and its history/ mythology to form into the images that I proposed to produce.
Currently I have been taking lots of photos, although I do not rely on photography to create my work - mainly I use my sketches and memory - drawing and painting the variety of objects and observations I have made so far.
One of the problems with drawing though is not keeping up with the rest of the group and in this case I managed to lose the group on a few occasions and towards the end of the visit too - which was embarrassing to say the least - although it all worked out okay in the end, but it was still an event I do not wish to repeat again. The moral? Draw fast without looking at the paper, bring spare batteries for the camera and stick with the group. ;D
The Alhambra is amazing and no words can really describe the experience of standing before such a great piece of work. The intricately designed and constructed geometric designs are simply breathtaking using Nasrid Proportion. The amount of work and time put into the majesty of the palace is overwhelming and begs for several visits to absorb everything. Even so, with the reality that all of the work was made by the hands of people and not machines is something I am sure is not possible today, due to the loss of skills and/ or the cost involved in producing something on this scale.