Saturday, April 30, 2011


Tremembe, oil on card, 11 x 8.5 cm

Tremembe is a little town near Taubate. I liked it very much- it has a tranquil atmosphere and some grand old buildings.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Railway lines in Pindamonhangaba

Railway lines in Pindamonhangaba, oil on card, 11 x 9 cm

A little Sisley-ish picture of this pleasant little town- part of my Vale de Paraiba trip.

It has good baroque-style church, but the name of the town itself alone is sufficient reason to visit- though after a week of practising I am stilll unable to say it.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Taubate: nocturne

Taubate: nocturne, oil on card, 8.6 x 7.5 cm

Another from Taubate: the wet paint "bled" a little when transported, but I think this perhaps helps the effect.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Portrait of a man seated at a table


Portrait of a man seated at a table, oil on card, 9.8 x 10.8 cm

I am happy with this picture, especially the roughish texture, which is the result of painting over an old painting. The effect seems somewhat "Tuscan" to me. I like working very much on this small, miniature scale- I like the intimacy it brings to the subject.

There is an owkwardness to the drawing of the hand, and a certain heaviness to the neck, perhaps, but I like the depiction of the face as it has a certain sensitivity.


A view near Campos do Jordão

A view near Campos do Jordão, oil on card, 9.8 x 7cm  SOLD

Campos do Jordão itself is an unpleasant, snobbish place, but the surrounding hills are very pretty.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A parade of Shops, Taubate

A parade of Shops, Taubate, oil on card, 12 x 9 cm

The second of a run from a trip to Sao Paolo state: this one was painted in Taubate, a smallish city (in Brazillian terms), with a somewhat care-worn atmosphere.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Night, Guarulhos Airport

Night, Guarulhos Airport, oil on card, 11.4 x 8.5 cm

The first of a run of paintings from my Easter trip to the Vale do Paraíba, which I shall post later this week.

I had a four hour wait for a bus at Guarulhos airport- a hateful place. But it is always soothing to paint.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yard of a business selling fruit, Lagoa

Yard of a business selling fruit, Lagoa, oil on card, 10.3 x 8 cm
Painted down in Lagoa.

Nocturne: Itacorubi

Nocturne: Itacorubi, oil on card, 12.5 x 9.3cm

Painted from a hot dog joint near here: incredible how the atmosphere of a place changes at night- some places much more than others. This neighbourhood is "incomplete", with many blocks in construction. At night it has a desolate air, during the day it seems nondescript.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Portrait of a reclining man

Portrait of a reclining man, oil on card, 13 x 11.2 cm

I have been working such a lot teaching English that it has been hard for me to get on with painting. But in a few days will be the Easter break so perhaps I can get on and do something creative then.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A portrait of a young man

A portrait of a young man, oil on card, 9 x 11.5 cm

Lucas, again- he is a fine model, very hard to "catch".

For me, the most interesting models unconsciously reveal some element of their nature: they are not entirely in control of the messages that their faces and body languages transmit. The process of portraiture is not to affirm what is known and controlled, but to reveal "the unconscious life of the mind" - to transpose Knut Hamsun's words describing his writing to the practice of painting.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Sun

The Sun, oil on card, 11.4 x 9.5 cm

Painted in Lagoa.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Setting Moon


The Setting Moon, oil on card, 9.7 x 11 cm

Painted from my window: at times the was moon obscured  by clouds; later, as it set, by trees.


Friday, April 8, 2011

The Great Debators (2007): review: 5/10

In the 30s, in racist Texas, a black teacher trains a black college dabating team: despite interpersonal difficulties, largely inspired by a pretty girl with a dimple, they prove formidible in debates with other colleges.

This is an essay in moral obviousness: we might be better served by a film which illustrated with less suffocating self righteousness the genesis of the civil right movement, and whose lead characters had the tiniest complexity: but as this film comes from Ms Oprah Winfrey's stable so we should expect nothing else.

I'd be curious to see a film describing the corrosive effects of self-righteousness on the American people -a quality which Americans seem delighted to export. This would be a film which parodies moral worthiness and all the bossiness and mental lethargy that comes with it, and which describes the nausea it induces in gentle souls who prefer to mind their own business.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Departures (2008): review: 7/10

A 'cellist's orchestra is dissolved: he goes with his girlfriend to live in the house of his deceased mother: he finds work as an assistant to a funeral director.

Apart from making him quite nauseus this seems to cause his superficial girlfriend considerable distress.

This is rather long, but well made, lending interesting insights into Japanese culture.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Licht und Blindheit

Licht und Blindheit, oil on card, 14.4 x 9.5 cm

Painted near the petrol station, and the most satisfactory, most Redonesque of recent nocturnes, bridging better than others internal and external.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A tree at night

A tree at night, oil on card, 11.9 x 9 cm

Painted from the table of a burger joint. I wasn't bothered at all there but I miss being able to sit in a car and paint and listen to music.

I'd  intended to paint the stars but couldn't find a suitable place to work: I need somewhere that is bright enough for me to paint but which affords a good view of the night sky, the stars undiminished by streetlights.

Monday, April 4, 2011


Night, oil on card, 13 x 10 cm
This time I attempted to paint the stars through the mesh of branches: next time I will simply paint the stars in the sky. 

I stand joyfully on the shoulders of V. van Gogh.

Isn't it odd how few paintings there are of ths night sky, given how amazing it is to see?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Man Next Door (2009): review: 7.5/10

A precious furniture designer lives with his wife and child in a Corbusier house: his idyll is destroyed when his neighbour constructs a window in his wall looking onto their house.

With much wit, the film describes the vacuity of the designer, his vanity, casual dishonesty and snobbery. However the film is somehow incomplete, the various narrative threads not closed with total eficiency. I am not sure if this is deliberate or not.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lucas III

Lucas III, oil on card, 14.4 x 10.4 cm

The third of a series of Lucas.