Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stone in the mountains, stone in the houses / Pedra nos montes, pedras nas casas


This is one of my favorite works. Extremely simple, was perhaps the quickest to paint until today, and also one of the most enjoyable. I was about to call it "Life among the stones II”, because it represents a reality which is similar to the work such titled before, but I confess that I do not like these "sequel-titles"...
In what concerns to the rugged beauty of the stone villages, also a thousand times - but never enough - mentioned here, I won't add anything for that same reason, except perhaps how much I miss visiting them, a desire that already existed, and have grown since.
Este é um dos meus trabalhos preferidos. Extremamente simples, foi talvez o que menos me demorou a fazer até hoje, e também dos mais agradáveis de pintar. Estive quase para lhe chamar “A vida entre as pedras II”, dado representar uma realidade em tudo semelhante à do trabalho assim intitulado anteriormente, mas confesso que não gosto nada desses “títulos-sequela”...
No que diz respeito à beleza rude das aldeias de pedra também já mil vezes – mas nunca suficientemente - aqui evocada, nada acrescentarei por isso mesmo, a não ser talvez as saudades de as visitar, que já existiam e entretanto cresceram.
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4 comments:

Villager said...

Não admira que seja um favorito...a luz, as texturas das pedras, das ervas do caminho...uma festa para os olhos. As núvens em último plano parecem justificar a precavida presença do guarda-chuva.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

De facto diverti-me bastante a pintar este trabalho, Villager. Às vezes estamos horas a fio a "mastigar" e o resultado é desastroso, outras acontece assim.
O guarda-chuva deve ser daqueles enormes à antiga, que quase dão para abrigar um rebanho inteiro :))

Rob Carey said...

Yes, these are very interesting stone houses. They remind me of some ancient homes I saw once high up in the southern Alps. It would be very interesting to see how the people lived there. What is this little hole I see at the base of the blue door there? Is this a passageway for a mouse?

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Life in these houses was very basic and hard, especially before the arrival of electricity, which in many cases happened in last century's decades of 60 and 70... I remember to see news about it on Tv when I was child.
Usually the animals were kept in the ground floor and people lived on the upper floor, with a few exceptions like the cat: He had an entrance of his own, that same passageway you noticed in the blue door, and his talents as a mice chaser were welcomed :))