Friday, January 9, 2009

Riding into the New Year atop the Moon Snail of Mammals!

Well, it's the new year in a new country. My holidays in Madrid have been nice and quiet, despite the lively congestion of consumers along Gran Via and Plaza de España. I've had my fill of turrón and paintings. Although I will continue indulging on the latter until I'm ready to continue on my sojourn.

The museums have provided much warmth during this chilly Spanish winter. Just yesterday, at the Prado, I decided to try to negotiate my dislike (perhaps apathy is a more appropriate word) for horses. As much as I appreciate most animals, the horse never made my top ten. It sits on a separate list with the likes of angler fish, ticks, and moon snails. But the new year provides a time for reconciliation, so I sat down with Rubens' gigantic painting of St. George, and proceeded to draw the horse that our hero is perched upon while slaying a dragon. It was a pretty pleasant experience, but I don't think it has had a profound effect on my perception of horses.

I went on to sketch a figure from another gargantuan Rubens' piece, The Adoration of the Magi and included the guard in the room.

In celebration of internet access in the flat, a backlog of various sketches from other museum visits will soon get posted!

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