Viggo Mortensen Movie
Appaloosa may include the Appaloosa horse--picture shown in this column.
On May 27, 2006, I met Pilar Massaguer in Barcelona,
Spain. It was wonderful to
finally meet her because we have been keeping in touch because of our
similar interest in finding out more about Viggo Mortensen. She had written an article on Viggo in Hipica Catalana magazine
during Hidalgo as she is known in the equestrian community in Catalonia.
Thank you Pilar for giving your time for an entire day and for the
enjoyable walking tour of Barcelona! During our tour of Barcelona which she began at
the Plaza de Catalunya and continued to the Ramblas (promenade), we
discovered this wonderful pencil sketch of Viggo.
I asked the artist how much was this original pencil
drawing and the artist said, “200 Euros.” The artist, below, kindly allowed me to take a picture of his work
and himself. Pilar and I could
recognize that the artist had spent extra time refining the sketch of
Viggo. It is truly well done
and would make a great addition to any personal, organization or family collections.
So if you may one day find yourself in Barcelona,
make sure to have 200 Euros cash and you can go home with this sketch of
Viggo. Because the artist was
already working on another project, for sure other sketches of Viggo may
become available. If not, you
may possibly be able to commission the artist to draw one of your favorite
Viggo pictures, including Aragorn. Or
if you have a favorite photo of your family, such as your children, this
artist will do a great job of presenting the same photo in pencil drawing.
The Viggo picture shown here does not do justice to
what the picture looks like as is. Pilar
has a background in art and has been trained as an artist and I, on the other
hand, have no art training but know what I like, so with these two points
of view, we agreed that the Viggo sketch is excellently done.
Another interesting surprise at the Ramblas was this
lady dressed in what the ladies of royalty would have worn during the
times of Alatriste, Viggo’s movie that premieres in Spain on September
2006 and the U.S. on December 2006. Pilar is on the right with the black shirt and I’m on the left
with the orange shirt.
So while you may be on vacation, and do not expect to
see anything Viggo, he may turn up in other ways. That is, while Viggo may provide us with an escape, it seems we
cannot escape him. Consider
yourself fortunate and may you have a Viggo day!
Pilar has written a book called La
Monta Western about riding horses Western style and she also makes incredible, quality, handmade saddles!
Also, because Pilar is
knowledgeable about horses, when I mentioned to her that Viggo’s other
next, new movie is called Appaloosa, she immediately said that this term
refers to a kind of horse that Native Americans used. She has a picture of this type of horse in her book, La Monta
horse is uniquely spotted as shown below from Pilar's
book. (Courtesy of Dawson Photography).
At the home page of Perceval Press, June 2006, Viggo has shared some of his
viewpoints on the health care of the United States and the corrupt
business practices of people who run companies like Enron.