Saturday, March 30, 2013


Chrysanthemums, oil on card, 13 x 13 cm

The chysanthemum isn`t my favourite flower, because of their funereal associations, and also because I prefer more clearly defined shapes. Next time I shall buy roses. I should also buy some new vases- things such as second hand vases are much harder to come by here than London because everything is so recent.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Carnations 5


Carnations 5, oil on card, 9 x 10.5 cm   SOLD

The final of this series, a tribute to that most delicious line in French painting which runs from Delacroix through Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour and ends, I think, with Matisse.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Carnations again


Carnations 3, oil on card, 12 x 14 cm NOT FOR SALE

A follow up to yesterdays`s picture. I shall try another tomorrow, I think I`m on a roll.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Carnations 2, oil on card, 9 x 12 cm

One of a pair of flower paintings which I completed today while it poured, miserable, outside.

For some psychological reason I cannot work on still lives unless the weather out is foul.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Beiramar, session 12: final session

 Beiramar XXV, session 12, 6pm, oil on card, 14 x 12.5 cm

 Beiramar XXVII, session 12, 6pm, oil on card, 14 x 8.5 cm

 Beiramar XXVI, session 12, 6pm, oil on card, 15 x 11 cm

These are the final paintings for 12x12x12.

 Doing a thematic run like this is a good way of forcing oneself to experiment, and I have ried to use it to play more with brushwork and paint.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Beiramar XXII, session 10, 11 am

Beiramar XXII, session 10, 11 am, oil on card, 13 x 11 cm  

A good session. A clammy day.

 I am looking forward to going to the mountains at the weekend. There is something wrong with the island, something that makes it unhealthy, lending it a static, moribund atmosphere.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Beiramar XX, session 9, 6pm

Beiramar XX, session 9, 6pm, oil on card, 12 x 9 cm

 Beiramar XX, session 9, 6pm, oil on card, 12 x 8.5 cm

Torrential rain here. Painted in the car.

The effect is remisicant of Ivon Hitchens  think, a painter whose work I like, but sometimes find a little facile, a little too charming and English.

On this matter, here is Anthony Blanche in Waugh`s Brideshad Revisited  criticising Charles Ryder`s Latin American pictures:

It was charm again, my dear, simple, creamy English charm, playing tigers…. I was right years ago… when I warned you. I took you out to dinner to warn you of charm…. Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside of these damp islands. It spots and kills anything it touches. It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, my dear Charles, it has killed you

A similiar idea is sustained in Pevsner`s 1955, The Englishness of English Art.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Beiramar, Session 6, 2pm


Beiramar XVIII, session 6, 2pm, oil on card, 12.5 x 9  cm

Less turbulant today.


Beiramar: Session 5 for 12 x 12 x12

 Beiramar XV, session 5, 11 am, oil on card, 13 x 8.5 cm

There will be twelve sessions for the  12 x 12 x 12 project: at the end of which a dozen pictures will be selected for submission, one from each session.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Three more for 12x12x12: session 4


 Beiramar IX, session 4, 4pm, oil on card, 113 x 13 cm

  Beiramar X, session 4, 4pm, oil on card, 11.5 x 9.7 cm

More- the weather has turned wet and grey.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Eight songs about the same thing


Session 1:

Beriamar I, oil on card, 14 x 9.5 cm

 Beiramar II, oil on card, 12..5 x 9cm

Beiramar III, oil on card, 14 x 9.5 cm

Session 2:

 Beiramar V, oil on card, 15 x 13 cm

Beiramar VIII, oil on card, 13 x 13 cm

I shall visit the same location for nine more sessions, which will give me about 30 pictures altogether.

 I`ll select 12 of these for Jim Mendola`s 12x12x12 monthly creative presentation.