Saturday, February 13, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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:
Monday, February 8, 2016
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
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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.