Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My portable palette


Like the pochade carriers, the palettes close so they can be transported without making a mess.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Three framed pochades


Framed- Hamlet on the way to Russia, oil on card, 15 x 18 cm

Framed- Moçambique, forest oil on card, 13.5 x 12.5 cm    SOLD

Praia Mole- headland, August oil on card, 12.5 x 11 cm  NOT FOR SALE


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Getting ready for Peru



All are now double carriers. The double carriers save considerable space but there is always the worry that the pictures on one side will mar that on the opposite.  But on longer trips such as the one coming the pictures can dry superficially between destinations on the itinerary.

Double carrier

I've been quite inactive here. It's too hot to do much except daydream, so I'm very keen to get going.

I'm scoring off the days to Saturday when I fly to Peru. I worry about one thing or another- rain, crime, the general hassle, getting ripped off and so forth, but at worst it will be a break from here. 

Before a departure I always find a surge in anxieties, which often focus around some petty matter- fear of houseplants dying, insects invading the house, the car being damaged etc.

But when I start packing and I have filtered down everything into the little kit I need to do some work and get by for a month I realise that all those anxieties are nothing more than a load of mush. Or perhaps they represent some fear about freedom, as if some part of me doesn`t want to be free to enjoy working and travelling but would prefer me to sit and rot here and moan about things. Is there something in us that prevents us from escape, from leaping to safety, and innate conservatism, so well represented by Billy Liar, unable to take the train to a more joyful life in London, condemned to provincial misery.

Florianopolis is a boring place and nothing happens here without a push and a shove and then another push and a shove on top of that. Socially it is very slow, and there are almost no cultural events. I regret that I didn`t set out to travel just after New Year. I`m always concerned about losing students by travelling for too long. But it is so slow for students in January that I could surely have gone without anyone noticing and I`m cross with myself for not having done so.

Ready to go.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Red and yellow and white flowers


Red and yellow and white flowers, oil on card, 17.5 x 15 cm


Friday, January 27, 2017

Two framed pochades


 Forest, Mocambique, oil on card, 135 x 11.5 cm   SOLD

Joaquina, sea, October, 11.5 x 12 cm

Recently framed.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Flowers, January, 2017


Flowers, January, 2017, oil on card, 12 x 15 cm


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017- my digital submissions


 Above 43rd St., Queens, N.Y., looking down, oil on card, 12.5 x 12 cm

Sea, late afternoon, Praia dos Ingleses, Brazil, oil on card, 13.5 x 11.5 cm

These are my submissions for the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in London.

From the sales perspective, I think showing pictures of Britain would be wiser, but  I have fairly few pictures from there. I'll digitally submit these paintings that I think are both good. and hope that their aesthetic qualities are sufficient to attract both d the hanging committee and buyers. And New York is popular among buyers, and the sea has a certain universality so....

But there is a fair chance neither are even accepted. There is an tiresome arbitrariness in this process.