The gateway to the Jimena castle

Gateway to the castle

A lot of work has been completed up at the castle, and the gateway has been cleaned and some beautiful Moorish tiles have been exposed. To the right is an upsidedown tile with Latin writing on it (so my Latin reading man tells me anyway) I scrambled up to a ledge just by the entrance to draw this, which was great as I was up and out of the way of all the tourists (most of whom didn’t look up my way) I did get a few cheery waves though 🙂 I made sure no one was passing as I knew coming down would be harder….I got a bit of a numb bum sitting up there for about an hour and a half and couldn’t quite finish it but I rather like the unfinished effect 🙂

So those are the tiles – I didn’t get a chance to do them all- you can see there is another higher arch and they have put a walkway across the top.

Latin tile.

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33 thoughts on “The gateway to the Jimena castle

  1. Hi Wendy, I know you’re in Andalucia.. but these photos and your detailed drawing reminded me so of Verona; not that I’ve been there, but last night I happened to (finally) watch the original 1968 Romeo and Juliet! Love your artwork 😉

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  2. It is nice to know that lots of work has been done and perhaps the castle will totally be restored and sound one day.

    I imagine that you did get a bit numb sitting there for so long but it was worth your efforts as this is a lovely drawing.

    I’m curious to know if anyone knows when this castle was built.

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  3. This is a lovely sketch Wendy.. I’m enjoying the mails.. though I don’t always have time to comment. xx Margaret.

    Could you sometime chat to art students about your work and how you are enjoying it? What inspires you? Carmen Pastor Escuin is doing a great project on how culture inspires Artists.. could she chat with you? xxm

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  4. This looks wonderful, and glad that the building is now being looked after, and some of its history exposed. How wonderful it must be to live in this aria with such atmospheric buildings, it almost tempts me to get back to drawing. Best wishes and many blessings, Charles.

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  5. The history of the area is so rich with the Christians, Muslims, and Jews all interacting. Capturing this history into sketches is fantastic! Keep it up 🙂

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