Sunday, August 2, 2015

A drive to Bom Retiro


 Houses ion the Mountains, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm

 Mountains, near Rancho Queimado, oil on card, 22 x 18 cm

Bom Retiro, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm

Bom Retiro is a pleasant little town, with a huge central square and two hotels. 

I wish I'd been able to spend another night there as it is ideal for painting, showing no evidence of tourism, being surrounded by fantastic hills and, moreover,  very cheap. Perhaps I can go again in the Summer.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Hercilio Luz Bridge, Florianópolis


Hercilio Luz Bridge, Florianópolis, oil on card, 21 x 17.5 cm

I'd wanted to get in the whole bridge, but it is much too wide.

 A very pleasant day with not too many disturbances, though the national "can I take a photo?" obsession is irritating.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Entries: Prêmio Aliança Francesa de Arte Contemporânea


 Sao Jose, the river, oil on card

Urubici, a street, oil on card

My two entries for the annual prize of the French Institute.

I wonder if they will be accepted. There is a huge degree of arbitrariness about these open competitions, and you never know why they have accepted or rejected you. I always rather suspect that being a friend of one of the jury is the surest way of having works exhibited.

But cynicism is so often a mask behind which laziness and fear of rejection hide.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Florianópolis: the base of the bridge


Florianópolis, the base of  a bridge, oil on card, 17 x 22 cm

Painted in discomfort: much of my choice about where to work  is determined by whether I am likely to be disturbed or not. I thought I would be ok here but I had to put up with several people asking me inane questions and disturbing my trains of thought,

In the UK if you ignore people they leave you in peace. I am not sure what one has to do here.

 Hopefully I can go to the mountains this weekend.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Antonio Carlos, red hillside


Antonio Carlos, red hillside, oil on card, 17 x 22 cm

Wonderful rocks here; red earth.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Clouds, Antonio Carlos


Clouds, Antonio Carlos, oil on card, 18 x 20.5 cm


Monday, July 20, 2015

Lagoa, haze; Dufy


Lagoa, haze, oil on card, 22 x 18 cm

A Dufy-influenced piece (specifically his San Giorgio Maggiore), painted near the docks in Lagoa.

I'd always been suspiscious of Dufy, finding his work easy, but now I feel it has something to offer me.  Sometimes, in painting,  the greatest challenge is to say just enough. At times I feel like the subject at an interview: desperate to prove myself, I babble. Dufy gets the right balance, often. Maybe I should have painted with a sharper brush, however.


It's difficult to work with people around me, I need to be alone to work, and I need to find places which allow me to work me in peace. This is not as easy as it sounds. Brazilians are extremely sociable, mostly pleasantly so. But it isn't easy to work when people are watching and trying to talk to you.