Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Interior with flowers, a table and tea things, oil on card, 14.5 x 17 cm


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Flowers (Say Hello, Wave Goodbye)


Flowers (Say Hello, Wave Goodbye), oil on card, 15 x 13.5 cm

Standin' in the door of the Pink Flamingo cryin' in the rain

It was a kind of so-so love
And I'm gonna make sure it never happens again
You and I, it had to be the standing joke of the year
You were a sleep-around, a lost and found and not for me, I feel

I tried to make it work, you in a cocktail skirt

And me in a suit but it just wasn't me
You're used to wearing less
And now your life's a mess, so insecure you see
I put up with all the scenes
And this is one scene that's goin' to be played my way

Take your hands off me, hey

I don't belong to you, you see
And take a look in my face, for the last time,
I never knew you, you never knew me,
Say hello goodbye,
Say hello and wave goodbye

Under the deep red light

I can see the make-up slidin' down
Hey little girl you will always make up
So take off that unbecoming frown
What about me, well, I'll find someone
That's not goin' cheap in the sales
A nice little housewife, who'll give me a steady life
And won't keep going off the rails

Take your hands off me

I don't belong to you, you see
Take a look in my face, for the last time
I never knew you, you never knew me
Say hello goodbye
Say hello and wave goodbye

We've been involved for quite a while now

And to keep you a secret, has been hell
We're strangers meeting for the first time, ok?
Just smile and say hello

Say hello then wave goodbye

Say hello then wave goodbye
Say hello then wave goodbye
Say hello then wave goodbye
Say hello, wave goodbye
Say hello then wave goodbye
Say hello, say goodbye
Say goodbye

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Marc Almond and David Ball, 1982


Monday, August 21, 2017

The white teapot


The white teapot, oil on card, 12.5 x 12 cm


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ratones, bushes


Ratones, bushes, oil on card, 17 x 14.5 cm


Thursday, August 10, 2017



Tranquility, Trindade, Florianopolis


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Guarda do Embaú, with distant hills behind; working outside -palette


Guarda do Embaú, with hills in the distance, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm



Working outside forces one to use easily portable equipment, and that includes palettes. This forces one to be very clear about what colour range one intends to use. 

I mix the basic colours in advance then adapt them where necessary as I work on the painting. It`s delightful to see how the colours open out when mixed with white. It`s similar to the way in which, when cooking, spices reveal their scents when you put them into hot oil.

Of course,  at times one mixes a set of colours and then during the working of the painting realises that another colouristic approach would be better. Live and learn!