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Prague – part 2 (far from over)

This week I’ve read a book I hadn’t thought about in a long time and I was in a nostalgic mood, so I thought about Kafka. Well, almost everything makes me think about Kafka so it wasn’t really unexpected but anyway…

Kafka made me think about Prague and Prague made me want to post this drawing. To me it is a good representation of why this city is stuck in my head since I’ve been there in February. It is grandiose, beautiful and for my entire stay I could feel something hovering over my head, something great. The castle of course was almost always in my line of sight. Reminding me of the incredible ingenuity men can demonstrate : assembling rocks to build cathedrals or words to write novels. I could see the narrative written by Kafka unfolding in front of me. I could feel the mutual influence between him and the city.

And with that I could feel his influence on me. In Prague I was feeling at home yet far from it. There is a word for the later in French ” dépaysé “.

It is strange how comfortable and easy it can be to just let myself slip into this imaginary world that feels like it was made just for me. A world in which imagination and “spirituality” play a greater role than the pragmatic reality. It is strange how it can feel more real in a new environment that helps you notice it than in everyday life when you just tend to forget.

Reality is what you feel and interpret as much as what there is to perceive. That makes life absurd yet unique for everyone.

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Don’t you feel it sometimes ? Don’t you often see memories and ideas appearing while watching something, wonderful or not, that could just be meaningless?

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Prague and Franz Kafka’s castle

To go to Prague has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Fortunately the dream has now turned into memories.

Two of my favourite authors are born in Czechia : Kafka and Kundera.  And Kafka,  the one I have been obsessed about for years,  lived in Prague and still haunts the city today, but I might do a little post about him since he was my travel buddy during the trip. I promise I haven’t gone insane 😉

Anyway, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen but it is also one of the most densely populated with tourists, a piece of advice : wake up early to see the bridge and the castle when there isn’t to much crowd.

The castle is incredible, it is supposed to be where Kafka found his inspiration for the novel “the castle”. Walking in his footsteps, remembering the book, I can see how.

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Soon I’ll be back in Spain for a few day so I thought that it might be time to put this one here.

It reminds me of a very good period last year when I had the chance to travel a bit in France and Spain and to see some of my best friends.

Luckily next month might be similar, which makes me very impatient. I’m often frustrated not being able to see my best friends more than once or twice each year but that also makes it more special when it happens.

So yeah, can’t wait!

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Fauna : Oh my deer

I’m not very active here recently but I haven’t stopped drawing.

I’ve also been trying new things, this one is an example made for a dear (no pun intended)  friend of mine.

It is such bliss to have someone like that in one’s life, without her I wouldn’t have had half the learning curve I had those last few years and I probably wouldn’t love drawing as much.

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Street=Art : Porto

Observational drawing by That Restless Platypus

I just came back from a few days in Porto and I’m feeling quite nostalgic. I would never have guessed that a city in Portugal would make me feel that way. Not that I don’t like the country but I’ve never felt a connection like  I did with Sweden or in Italia… Well, I do know.

This drawing is the Majestic Café, one iconic place to eat and drink in Porto and to me it will remain a symbol for the joy of new and unexpected meetings.

More from Porto soon…

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Portraits : Beatrix

This drawing is based on a sculpture by Joseph Hugues Fabisch which is visible at the Fine Arts Museum in Lyon. It might be my favorite piece here.

 

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Experimentations : Den lille havfrue

Hello. It’s me again!

I’m back from Copenhagen and I’m a bit ashamed of how little I have drawn this last month. As an excuse here is a drawing I did while I suffered from melancholia since my return in France. We’ll have some better works for you very soon. Until then : Happy new year.

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