Friday, January 19, 2018

Society of Scottish Artists & Visual Arts Scotland: exhibition


I am showing work at this Annual show in Edinburgh, which runs from the 29th January to 8 March at the Royal Scottish Academy on the Mound.

I am showing the two below as well as some other, unframed, works.

 New York, two bridges, oil on card, 17 x 17 cm

Anitapolis- late in the afternoon. oil on card, 14 x 18 cm




My reduced size  Rough Guide, containing only essential pages

Finally, after what seems an eternity, I  leave for another Peruvian trip, this time starting at Ayacucho then wandering slowly through the Andes to Lima. There is an incentive to work hard, as I'll have an exhibition here at BRDE (a bank which has a small cultural section in the centre).

Florianopolis in the summer is unpleasant -hot and full of tourists- and I always regret it when I stay here.


Monday, January 15, 2018

JaamZIN Art Magazine


I 've been featured in JaamZIN Art Magazine:


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Termas do Gravatal, paintings; photos of me working


 Termas do Gravatal: late afternoon, oil on card, 19 x 20.5 cm

 Termas do Gravatal, morning, oil on card, 17 x 19 cm

 Termas do Gravatal, late morning, oil on card, 16.5 x 22 cm

Painting in cooler parts of the day in the south of Santa Catarina: above are the three paintings, two much influenced by Cezanne's methods. Below some photos of me working.

 Working on the first picture here

 Here I am working on the third picture

Again, working on the third picture

Thanks to Marlene for these photos.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Urubici and Bom Retiro; black and white painting


Bom Retiro, road, December 2017, oil on card, 21.7 x 16.5 cm

 Urubici, farmhouse, oil on card, 17 x 22 cm

 Bom Retiro, ploughed field, oil on card, 17.5 x 22.5 cm

 Urubici: workshop, oil on card, 13.5 x 10.5 cm


 Urubici: cyclist, oil on card, 16 x 14.7 cm

Uribici: people meet, cars, rain, oil on card, 19 x 16 cm

Here's a set painted in the mountains, where I spent a night. I regret that I couldn't have passed a few more days there. It's a bit less rubbishy there than here, perhaps because you sense the industriousness of the people. 

The last two are in the simple black and white style. For it to function well, it's best to have a very clear motif and not fussing too much, being very economical with the marks so the few marks you make have greater power. It's nice how ambiguous the marks can be, so there is an element of the visual puzzle there.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Annual Review 2017: Flickr, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Saachi


For believe me! - the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships into uncharted seas! Live at war with your peers and yourselves! Be robbers and conquerors as long as you cannot be rulers and possessors, you seekers of knowledge! Soon the age will be past when you could be content to live hidden in forests like shy deer! At long last the search for knowledge will reach out for its due: - it will want to rule andpossess, and you with it!  possess, and you with it! 

Nietszche, The Joyous Science (1882). Sec. 283



A view from Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, oil on card, 16.5 x 18 cm

I went to New York and painted a few fine pictures plus a few duller ones. It was especially nice to work on the big art deco buildings in Chinatown or nearby. But I was unsurprised by New York, this itself unsurprising as I had been there just a year before. 

 Street before Carnival, Banos del Inca, Cajamarca, oil on card, 14 x 16 cm

I went to Peru and loved it again, that one of the most strange and alluring places. So I will go again in January 2018. At very least it is cool unlike here where one rots over the summer months becoming progressively more and more irritated with everything.

Homestead, late afternoon, between Urussanga and Orleans
 oil on card, 18 x 16.5 cm

There were a few little trips within Santa Catarina- always a delight too. Above is one of my happier paintings.

Near Berwick-upon-Tweed, fields, oil on card, 16 x 15.8 cm

I also went to the UK which was, as ever, a bit thin for painting, though Berwick and Melrose were fine.


This marvellous site continues brings me new followers and many are quite serious and thoughtful artists. I went from 917 to 939 followers.

Blogger followers

I continue to publish here though with less frequency. That`s partly because I have less and less that is new to say, a trend which is likely to continue. Also I have been working slightly larger and with less frequency.

 There are 84 followers, and 26 Google+ followers.


I started, on the advice of n art sales expert, to create my own page. He argues that the regular profile is insufficient as people who don`t know artists feel uneasy approaching them through their regular profiles. So I have set up a [page which contains enough to get an idea of what I am about. It has one, solitary, follower.

Fruit, paper flowers, oil on card, 12.5 x 14.5 cm


I tried using this from time to time, but have never managed to get beyond 260 followers and few of them are really interested. It is a pretty awful site for image sharing, and it seems users use it mainly to insult and threaten each other. This time last year there were 256 followers.


I maintain this site, going through all the work removing some and updating it. But I don`t sell that much work, perhaps I sold one painting in 2017. I think the market isn`t that big.


This pointless site brought me nothing.


I find my self in a satisfactory place with my work. I didn't sell that much but the quality is there. I went through a lot of old work making sure it is properly stored and if it wassn`t good enough, discarding it. Often some time has to pass before you can really see that a piece is mediocre.

Overall 2017 wasn`t a bad year but it wasn`t a great one either. I rarely surprised myself, which is perhaps like saying I never took risks. So the moral is to follow Nietzsche, at least some of the way as, of course, he went completely coocoo in the end

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


I will go back to Peru in January. Ecuador flights were so high that I couldn't go there.  I suppose I should think about how to get to Europa. Perhaps this time I bite the bullet and fly to Athens or Corfu. But when I did the research it didn't seem quite right. In June, the cost of flights to Ecuador seems lower. Then there is New York, again. But perhaps it would be good to wait a little before returning there? We shall see.


Thanks John, Lady Alison and Fred in London, to my parents in Scotland and to Mark and Jane and various others who helped and encouraged me.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pre-Christmas Sale- today's featured painting


Rua Alvaro Ramos, Trindade, Florianopolis- motorcyclist
 oil on card, 14 x 12.5 cm, 2016

The strength of the picture comes, in part, from it's picture book quality.


Pre-Christmas Sale

All the unsold pochades on this site are for sale (not just those specially"featured") at 75 pounds sterling each, or other currency equivalent. 


Normal postage can take up to three weeks so if you want your picture to arrive in  time for Christmas contact me soon unless you want to pay for express Sedex rates.

 Normal postage is 15 pounds sterling. 

Express postage is 30 pounds.