Sunday, May 1, 2016

Painting near Ingleses


Landscape with distant houses, Ingleses, 11 x 13.5 cm, oil on card

Sunny houses at a corner, Ingleses, oil on card, 10.5 x 13 cm

Houses at a bend, Ingleses, oil on card, 12 x 14.7 cm

View near Ingleses, oil on card 12.5 x 10.5 cm

These were painted from the old road just to the south of SC-403.

They`re all small. With this format and style, which involves very few layers of paint, the paintings are rapidly finished. It`s like  shooting a musket.  a match. You get  just one chance to hit your target.

Winter is beautiful for painting here. You get side light and spacial depth is enhanced.


Saturday, April 30, 2016



 Woodland, trunks, oil on card, 14  x 15.5 cm

Fallen tree, oil on card, 18 x 21 cm

Painted up near Canasvieiras.

 The weather has improved, and I should be able to go painting more readily. but boredom is eating into my mind like a kind of dry rot. I count the days before I go to Peru. Part of me thinks I should have gone to Chile for longer, and I'm now regretting that I didn't give myself two months reprieve in Peru. But there would be difficulties with this, most obviously with maintaining students here.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Praia Brava


 Praia Brava, Afternoon, April, oil on card, 14 x 10.5 cm  SOLD

 Praia Brava, Afternoon, clouds, April, oil on card, 14 x 12.5 cm  SOLD

Praia Brava, Mid- Afternoon, April, oil on card, 10.5 x 15 cm   SOLD


Friday, April 22, 2016



Graffiti in  Barrio Brasil


I immediately felt depressed in the crowded city. Indeed, I felt that I had made a mistake to come, the place filled me with such an oppressive greyness, the sky grey and everyone dressed in grey or dark blue or black and they shuffled about like zombies. The service style was anonymous, and the goods expensive and there was that weird sadness everywhere, as if the place and its inhabitants were silently undergoing some  terrible, nameness calamity. 
The city is like a composite of European architecture, all very respectable and looking the part of a capital and rather dull. If you wanted to make a film noir featuring an unspecific city then it would serve well as the Andes are not visible on dull days. I had a dismal kebab. Looking for an art shop I went into a mall of several stories containing shops servicing alternative culture:  tattoo parlours, game shops, t-shirt sellers, jewellers and so forth..  But there is as much that was restricted about this alternative culture as the "official" culture it seeks to oppose: its symbols, which are occult clichés or taken from the marijuana smoking culture of Bob Marley, or the world of Hell's Angels, are tired and as blandly international as the products in high street stores .
The metro was unbelievably crowded. I returned to my place a hostel called La Casa Roja, a huge mansion with a pleasant social atmosphere in Barrio Brasil, a likeable neighbourhood of nineteenth century squares and avenues.
I spent a day wandering round the museums. Particularly satisfactory was the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, which features these magnificent sculptures:

According to the Pre-Colombian Art Museum Website: These remarkable wooden statues were placed on top of tombs in ancient Mapuche cemeteries. They reflect the spirit (am) of those buried there and are intended to assist them in their journey to the afterlife. Chiefs and great warriors were sent to the East after death, to roam among the volcanoes of Kalfumapu, the “blue land.” All others went to the West, to eat bitter potatoes beyond the sea.

I enjoyed the Museum for Contemporary Art, especially these two pieces:

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, Carlos Isamitt, 1940, oil on canvas, 76.4 x 85.8 c

San Fernando Alley, Juan Francisco González,  oil on canvas, 31.2 x 41 cm


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Valparaiso; Gran Bretaña; Painting in Valparaiso- conclusions


Valparaiso, shops, Gran Bretaña, oil on card, 16 x 15 cm

Valparaiso, Avenida Playa Ancha, oil on card, 15.5 x 18 cm

Valparaiso, orange shop, Plaza Waddington, oil on card, 16 x 14.5 cm

Valparaiso,  Plaza Waddington, dog, man, oil on card, 17 x 16.5 cm

Valparaiso, garage, Gran Bretaña, oil on card, 17 x 17.7 cm



I'd expected the trip to be good: I'd been to Valparaiso before and I knew that it would be a fine painting city. It was: it's safe, has variety of levels, nature, great architecture, few cars, sea and the people there leave you in peace. It's also quite cheap.

 The weather was perfect and I stayed in a great location.

Of the pictures, I would say that the pictures are almost all good, with two very good ones. I managed to push the method of Cloisonné (using thick dark lines to delineate forms and then filling them in, much as in Rouault's pictures) forward. It gives a rough effect which suits Valparaiso.

 Mostly, I managed to keep the colours and strokes fresh, and didn't meddle. I seemed to be able to act confidently with the brush. A sense of authority matters a great deal. One must accept that one cannot achieve all objectives. I have a lamentable tendency to say to myself when working "oh but why don't I paint that thing instead" ,or, "perhaps I should work on a larger scale",  for example. But to achieve one objective it is necessary to sacrifice others. In the aesthetic sphere, imaginative souls will always find themselves partly unsatisfied with the option they choose. 

One of the most common false criticisms is when viewers make category errors, in my case, "it is a pity it is small", which is like responding to a Chopin mazurka with "Why doesn't it go on for longer?". The mazurka's musical virtues and its concision are not seperable properties, any more than the small size of my picture is irrelevant to what I am expressing. 

I digress. Emboldened, I look forward to  Peru, in June.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Valparaiso- Gran Bretaña, from above


   Valparaiso- Gran Bretaña, taken from the Valparaiso Hundido para ariba map.

This is the area I worked in.

Valparaiso from Gran Bretaña, oil on card,  17 x 15.5 cm

These two, below, are rather German expressionist:

Valparaiso, a house seen from above, oil on card, 18 x 17 cm

Valparaiso, road from above, oil on card, 17 x 14 cm

Valparaiso, green building, 18 x 14 cm, oil on card

The paint in Green Building, above got slightly lifted by the carrier lid which must have got pushed down: this serves as a warning to check all the carriers for my forthcoming Peru trip. The lids have to be rigid. The airport staff fling bags around mercilessly.

To save bag space I`m going to try to make the carriers so that they can be used to carry two pictures, one glued onto the lid. If that works then I can more go on painting trips for longer than one month. This would be useful as I feel the trips have been rushed and superficial.

Valparaiso, rooftops, buildings across a gorge 18 x 14.8 cm


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Valparaiso, the sea


 Valparaiso,  naval vessels, rooftops,  16 x 15 cm, oil on card

Valparaiso,  sea, oil on card, 15 x 17 cm

Valparaiso  sea naval vessels dormant, oil on card, 17 x 15 cm

Ships dormant in the harbour.