Friday, June 14, 2013

Why all humans don't have wings, the old angel and other illustrations.

Hi! Welcome to all of you!

I have been reading the short stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and today I am sharing some of my illustrations based on the characters who moved me.

 I love the 'magical realism' which Marquez uses to interweave stories full of folklore, fantasy and deep lying human values. 

One of the stories I read, ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’ prompted me to try these two illustrations and the third one too.

It's the story of a poor winged man who lands on the courtyard of Pelayo on a wet rainy day. He is imprisoned in the chicken coop and becomes an object of curiosity and cruel fun for the people who come in hordes expecting him to work miracles.  Pelayo and his wife lose no time in making money by charging to see the old man! 

The interest in the old man wanes only when the expected miracles don’t happen and the old man just sits patiently in a corner. The townspeople move on when they get a chance to see a spider woman with a horrifying tale of being turned into a spider as punishment for disobeying her parents. One day, as time passes, the old man regains his strength and flies away. 

I tried to draw the old man sitting huddled wearing an expression of long suffering patience. He neither poses as an angel…nor as a miracle worker. I also sketched this other version of the old man. The image of the spider woman is full of her own story of misfortune. She survives on meatballs tossed into her mouth by people. The spectacle of the spider woman attracted the people more than the silent, withdrawn ‘angel’. 

These townspeople, like people very often do in real life, reject the ‘angel’ because he doesn’t have the splendor or magnificence they associate with ‘angels’. It gave rise to a question in my mind, if the trappings of the ‘familiar’ is absent, isn't today’s fast, competitive world tuned to channel them out? Obliterate what is not commonly accepted or understood? 



Here is another version of the old man.  

The spider woman from
The Old Man With Enormous Wings.

If you are interested to read the full story, you can read it here. 

Now, on a lighter note, I would like to share a quick sketch, drawn on my cheap notebook page, from the picture I saw somewhere on the net, of a window and a door that captured my attention. 



Wonder who looks out through this window?

What lies beyond this door?

And now, I want to show my take on the Picasso prompt on Mix It Monthly

I drew the lady, collaged her on yellow background and a layer of few other collages.

 The words ‘Free your power to imagine’ resonated with me and the best time when our imagination comes out unrestricted is in our dreams…

or ‘bed-time theater’! 

I added elements of number by drawing in ten silver stars and the number 16 on her dress, which is important for me. 
The number prompt is for the challenge on Journal Journey's Ch-20 .



Hope you enjoy my work and join all the rest of us at







  1. Such a prolific week! Wow!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  2. I love the old man and the delicate colors on him! Great post.

  3. You are so busy this week but I am thrilled to see your piece for Mix It Monthly
    ! I love the story it tells and the scarf balanced the mood she is in...looks like she only plays the lil sadness in her face :) Thank you so much for participate ♥♥♥ Conny

  4. Love all of these, especially the Mix it up one.

  5. great illustrations! There is so much creativity in your characters and images-really wonderful. Happy PPF!

  6. What a prolific week, but your man with wings has so much depth to him, amazing work. Happy PPF xox

  7. Yes I did enjoy your work very much. Everything was interesting. I love Gabriel Marquez books. Always a good read. Thanks.:) Very nice job.

  8. So much character is these.

  9. I haven't read his short stories but am kind of wanting to after reading this... and seeing the art work... cool blog post...xx

  10. My GoD! You have been greatly busy :)
    Lovely many illos.
    There is something so nice about Power To Imagine!
    HPPF :)

  11. That Angel is old but full of sweetness. A beautiful door behind her are our dreams. Very beautiful drawings!

  12. your picasso woman is just wonderful!

  13. I love your drawings of the old man - his expression is wonderful. The spider woman is great as well - if you haven't already you should submit to the Artist's Playroom ( The painting for the Picasso prompt is fabulous.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I took your suggestion and just entered the APR bizarre theme.

  14. What an interesting story and your pictures are perfect.
    Love the door. Doors and windows are always a fascination to me.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  15. You really captured the magical feeling of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's literary work in your paintings. I also like your take on Mix It Monthly, especially your color scheme. Blessings!

  16. What an interesting character and fascinating artwork series. Thanks for visiting:)

  17. WOW I am deeply impressed by your illustrations! They are as magical as the story. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Oops, I nearly forgot to say: I also love your contribution to Mix it monthly!

  18. wonderful sketches. I have not heard of these stories, will have to check them out.

    hope you have a sweet day.

  19. Great drawings. Love this idea of sketching from story characters.

  20. I really like the detail and emotion found within your artwork. :)

  21. The emotion included in your drawings is incredible. Your work leaves me with a lot to think about.

  22. Lots to see ;) I love the door. Thank you for joining in with Journal Journey's as well lovely page Dxx

  23. That are some wonderful illustrations to go with that story. And your mix it monthly lady is awesome!


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