Granada Host Leo

眼睛是人類的靈魂之窗。

看眼如看人。

 

這幅畫是格拉納達host Leo。

我們整天在外觀光,夜晚才畫此圖,當時我攰到死,就用了最簡單快捷的方法:先用大片顏色塗在紙上,畫出人物大概的印象色,不打草稿,然後直接勾劃眼耳口鼻等細節。

 

我花了幾分鐘,定睛凝望Leo雙眼,默念每道皺紋的傾斜度、每條眉毛的走向,然後在紙上背默。

 

即使陌生人如我直勾勾地望着Leo,她還是一派悠然,氣定神閒地回望我。

 

我在Leo的瞳孔中看見温柔,又在皺紋中找到強靱。在她的温柔外表下,有着一夥堅強的心。

她給我的第一印象是一位謙和淑女,但愈看她的眼睛,愈覺得她是一位烈女。

 

我忍不住問她:「請問您曾是punk嗎?」

 

Leo笑了,反問:「呵呵,點解咁問?」

 

我真的不知道自己點解咁問,Leo打扮隨便、態度隨和,眼前的她與punk無丁點聯繫,但凝望她的雙眼愈久,愈覺得她曾經「punk」過。

一團熾熱熔岩慢慢地、靜靜地在她隨和的面容下流着。

 

(Leo只會說西班牙語,我只會說英語與中文。Alicia是Leo的老朋友,她是我們的翻譯。我與Alicia在沖繩認識,Leo慷慨地host我與Alicia在格拉納達一晚。)

 

 

Leo的故事真的是波瀾壯濶。

 

她生於五十年代,生在格拉納達市效的一個偏遠保守的小村。

她在小村的生活並不快樂。當她發現自己喜歡上另一位女性,小村的生活仿如煉獄,保守的村民不認同亦不理解她,她在小村的生活十分抑壓。

 

她勤奮工作,自力更生搬到城市。城市的生活不容易但她很喜歡,她終於遠離了小村、遠離了家人,她自由了。

 

她愛上了人,別人也愛上了她。

時光荏苒,人來人往。

父母不在了,她也增添了年歲。

 

她返回小村,回到那個曾是她家的家,凝望着空蘯的牆壁。

什麼都無變但什麼也變了。

 

她回望最後一眼,關上門,回家了。

 

 

「哎,為何我在說這些事……」Leo眼眶濕潤,揮着手說道。

 

「她不想說這事了……我們可以看看畫嗎?」Alicia急忙打圓場。

 

 

Leo非常喜歡這幅畫,當她看着畫時,綻放了整天最燦爛的笑容。

 

我仍不能好好控制我的畫筆,畫中的Leo年輕了二十歲,大概我無意中畫出了「真正的」Leo,我肯定二十年前的Leo,與眼前的Leo一樣,有着一雙堅強的眼睛。

 

 

畫畫真是奇妙啊。

藝術總是將我帶領到意料之外的高人/美地/奇事。

 

 

 

Leo帶Alicia與我到她最喜歡的露天餐廳,餐廳來了兩名賣藝歌手,很有趣啊!

 

格拉納達位於西班牙南部,隔個海就是北非回教國家摩洛哥,所以格拉納達深受回教影響,不少紀念品畫了回教喜歡的幾何圖案,或仿如土耳其特產的彩色杯盆碗碟,真係好靚呀!!

 

 

 

It’s true that you can see through people if you look at them in their eyes long enough.

 

It was an amazing experience.

 

 

I was drawing my host in Granada, Leo.

 

I was so tired when I start to draw this picture. So I just tried out the easiest and fastest way to finish this drawing. I just add some colors on paper and sketch the detail out directly without any outline.

I took a few minutes staring into Leo’s eyes and trying to remember every detail and recite them on paper.

 

Leo was cool even stared by a stranger like me who just first met. She looked straight back into my eyes.

 

I saw tender in her pupils and yet toughness in her wrinkles. She has a strong heart under her gentle appearance. She might be a gentle lady at the first sight but I was sure she had gone through a lot in life when I looked close to her eyes.

 

I couldn’t help to ask her, ‘Were you a punk?’

 

Leo laughed, ‘Oh, why do you ask?’

 

I really had no idea why I asked. Leo’s dressing was very casual and she was very gentle. Her appearance and attitude really did not have any clues of a punk. But the longer I looked at her eyes, the stronger I felt she was somehow punk-like in her early days.

A stream of furious lava was flowing silently and slowly under her gentle face and vigour eyes.

 

(Leo only spoke Spanish and I only spoke English and Chinese. Alicia, Leo long-time friend, was our translator. I met Alicia in Okinawa a few years ago and we became good friends. Leo generously hosted both of us in her apartment in Granada for one night.)

 

Leo’s story was indeed fierce.

She was born in a remote and conservative small village near Granada in 50s’. She was not happy there. It was hell for her after she found out she loves women. The conservative villagers couldn’t and didn’t understand her and her days in the village were miserable.

 

She worked hard and moved to the city. The life in city was not easy but she love the city life, away from home, away from family, she was FREE.

 

She met someone who loved her and she loved someone. Time flew and people came and went. Her parents were not there anymore and she gained the ages.

 

She went back to the village once she called home and looked at the empty walls.

Nothing changed and yet everything has changed.

 

She took one last look and closed the door and went back HOME.

 

‘Oh, why am I talking about this…’ Leo was waving her hands high in air and blushed a little.

 

‘She didn’t want to talk about this now…Can we see the picture?’ Alicia tried to smooth things over.

 

 

Leo LOVE the picture. She wore her happiest smile in that day when she looked at the picture.

 

I still couldn’t control my brushes well. The Leo in the picture seemed 20 years younger. It seemed I have drawn the ‘real’ spirit of Leo who is 20 years younger. I am sure a 20 years younger Leo would have the exact same pair of eyes in the picture.

 

 

Drawing is really amazing.

Art would always lead me to someone/somewhere/somewhat unexpected wonders.

 

 

 

Leo brought Alicia and me to her favourite outdoor restaurant. Street singers were singing in the restaurant and it was fun.

 

Granada is a Spanish southern city. Morocco, a Muslim country in northern Africa is just across the sea from Granada. That’s why Granada had a great influence from Muslim. Lots of souvenir in Granada painted with geometry pattern which is popular in Muslim culture. I love the Turkish-like colourful ceramic, super beautiful!

畫與Leo&picture
畫與Alicia&picture
戲影Playing with shadow
戲影Playing with shadow~
我們是好朋友!We are good friends!
西班牙的陽光好靚Beautiful sun in Spain
登高去~City hiking
花與Leo and flowers
花與Leo and flowers
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花與Leo and flowers
花與Alicia and flowers
Leo
今晚食乜好What's for dinner...
嗯...Um...
吐舌HAHA
吐舌HAHA.
水~water~
水~water~
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花神Lady flower
花神Lady flower
花神Lady flower
Alicia
綠中帶橙的瞳孔Green&Orange
隱沒叢草中Sink into green
隱沒叢草中Sink into green
隱沒叢草中Sink into green
隱沒叢草中Sink into green
靚啊~Beautiful painting~
Leo家
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