Apparently lizards are lucky… which is indeed fortunate, as we have one living under our washing machine in the kitchen!
There is a bench in Madrid’s Retiro park that sits just across a path from the one I drew above – a lady writing a letter, her dog waiting quietly in the 40 degree shade. I drew the other end of the same bench, from the same spot, some time ago…
From an art and expression workshop in Madrid… I started painting flowers from the sierra near Madrid, but ended up with lots from the English countryside as well.
One day I went to the park and stood beneath a blossoming tree as a sweet smelling wind blew petals down onto my head, a wonderful spring shower!
And since then I’ve been feeling full of spring!
Remembered from walks in the magic woods near La Silla de Felipe II, El Escorial.
I’m really enjoying just grabbing a biro and a scrap of paper and heading to the Rose Garden in the Retiro Park – hugely inspired by my drawing book of the year: Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck
Dinosaurs used to sit under these, now we sit under them, who’ll sit under them in another 6 million years?
Sitting in the lane outside the apartments in the stunning Cazorla National Park.
Muddy feet in the warm park twilight,
Fat shrill blackbirds pause on a post and take flight,
Lattice branches of interconnecting trees and last clinging leaves,
The network of energy that is the solid earth beneath my feet,
And the darkening sky above my head.
Further wanders in the Retiro Park…
20 minutes this afternoon in the park, watched over by a curious squirrel. What fun Andy Goldsworthy must have with his life and work!