Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mist coming over

Mist coming over, oil on card, 12.5 x 9.5 cm

Painted from Iguatemi shopping centre, a commercial mostrosity built illegally on "preserved" land. Nonetheless, the views are good.

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I don't plan to stay in Florianopolis beyond November. For anyone with the least interest in culture it's a  deadzone. It has a culture, meaning, that people have a certain lifestyle, though it isn't an interesting one, consisting as it does with lying on the beach at weekends and driving to shopping centres if the weather is bad. There are some remnants of Catholic and Azorean culture, represented through folk crafts, though these are dying out, being replaced quickly by an uncritical consumerism.

The population contains a significant "arsehole" element, of rich idiots in fourwheel drives whose main purpose in life is to show off.

The landscapes are being ruined because of inadequate planning and the massive surge in population, but for those who enjoy birds, trails and surfing the island remains interesting.

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