Don Quixote (Man with the Sorrowful Face)

Click the image to enlarge. Original watercolor on handmade paper. 140 x 114 centimeters.

I recently completed the wonderful translation of Don Quixote by Edith Grossman. I attempted to read this lengthy tome several times but never passed the first few pages until this beautiful translation. Having just moved to Spain the pages came to life in ways that would have been previously impossible. The juxtaposition between his ludicrous Quest to be a knight errant and his showings of emotional accessibility and intellect transfixed me. In particular, the tale of his thinking the windmills were opposing knights was eerily reminiscent of T***p’s delusional nature. But the most moving to me was the tale of his descent into the cave of Montecinos. It so reminded me of our descent into our unconscious—if only we were willing to brave the unknown. It was one of those rare very long books that I wished had not ended. A delight. In the painting, I tried to capture his delusional look at life, while respecting his obvious humanity. He was quite a paradox.

2 responses to “Don Quixote (Man with the Sorrowful Face)”

  1. Sharon B Lanier Avatar
    Sharon B Lanier

    Randy and Gina, I am so happy for the two of you. It sounds like you are living in a dream and hopefully will not wake up. Just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your new adventures with us and is written so beautifully, I almost feel like I am there with you. Of course, the painting is beautiful. Looking forward to more adventures. Take care, Sharon

    1. randy Avatar

      Thanks so much, Sharon for your continued encouragement and conversation. I love your words, “living the dream and hopefully will not wake up!” Beautifully expressed.

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