Saturday, February 13, 2016

Coins on a plate


Coins on a plate, oil on card, 12 x 14 cm


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Anne Redpath Award, from Visual Arts Scotland


I'm pleased to say I won the Anne Redpath Award for my submission to Visual Arts Scotland's Exhibition in Edinburgh:

Shop Fronts, West End, Glasgow, oil on card, 14 x 15.5 cm


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A view into a bedroom


A view into a bedroom, oil on card, 12 x 13.5 cm


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hat, camera, Saint-Exupéry


Hat, Camera, oil on card, 13 x 11.8 cm

There's an element in this field of quase-abstraction which I am pursuing, which is involved with visual puzzles, the relationship between titles and images, and our credibility. 

These aspects of picture making are delightfully conveyed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous picture of an elephant being swallowed by a Boa Constrictor, from Le Petit Prince. The picture at first appears to the narrator's childhood interlocutors to be a hat:

From Le Petit Prince, 1945


Monday, February 8, 2016

A tin box


A tin box, oil on card, 14 x 12.5 cm

This was painted a couple of weeks ago.

It would be nice, I think to be able to apply this method of depiction to the description of landscape, using fat black lines to delineate motifs, but the flat light of Brazil seems to invalidate such an approach.

Much of these simple pictures is about the enjoyment of gesture. It's a very simple approach and I like it: it refreshens.


Sunday, February 7, 2016



 Biguaçu, boys fly kites, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm

Biguaçu, houses near the sea, oil on card, 22 x 17 cm

An overcast day. The boys go out with their kites, but there isn't enough wind, really,


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pochades from a cruise to Buenos Aires


 Santos- a ship, oil on card, 12 x 15 cm   SOLD

 Santos- the port, oil on card, 18.5 x 22 cm   SOLD

Santos, oil on card, 16 x 22 cm   SOLD

These were painted on a somewhat exhausting boat trip down to Buenos Aires (which has a fine collection of pictures).

The most successful were from Santos, in Brazil, which is full of splendid ships. I painted from the deck of the ship which gave excellent views. I could happily have spent a week working there.


Many thanks to John Collins for his generous hospitality. Collins is a fine companion. 

Myself and the redoubtable John Collins.