Plaça de CatalunyaPosted: July 12, 2013
Imagine trying to draw in the middle of a place filled with fountains, statues, hundreds of tourists (getting on and off buses, taking photos of each other, sitting on benches, sleeping on the grass, selling balloons) and thousands of pigeons (roosting in trees, pecking on the ground, and every once in a while forming a rising black cloud of wings and feathers at the sound of an exploding firecracker). That is Plaça de Catalunya. The central square at the heart of Barcelona and also the site of the workshop I took today with James Richards. It’s a session I’ve been so looking forward to! And it lived up to all expectations.
Jim’s workshop is called “Life between buildings: Capturing the Energy” and it’s all about the connective tissue (people, trees, cars, birds) that bring life and energy to a scene, with architecture acting as a backdrop.
I have to admit that is was an intensely distracting environment. Several people in the workshop have had items or money stolen so you can’t put anything on the ground while you are drawing. Buses are circling constantly and when the firecrackers explode there is shrieking from every direction. I loved it all.