Livramento- by the railway tracks, oil on card, 15 x 11 cm
Livramento- a street, oil on card, 13 x 14.5 cm
Livramento- outskirts, oil on card, 9.5 x 12.5 cm
Livramento- a road in the country, oil on card, 13.5 x 15 cm
In Uruguay, oil on card, 12.5 x 17.5 cm
The city is called Livramento in Brazil and Rivera on the Uruguayan side, which you know you are entering because of various pryamidical markers and a sense that things are more orderly.
There is an interesting old station, which has been turned into an art centre and a fair amount of decent Art Deco and eclectic arthitecture. The city is pleasantly hilly, and grid planned, and I enjoyed staying there for 3 days. The countryside around is idyllic, and people use horses extensively- real gaucho territory. The light is beautiful and as ever I find the outskirts of the town to be most interesting.
I think these paintings are probably the best of the trip: they`re lively but not hysterical, with a nice range of textures and colours.
Many thanks to Carina Benitez for her generous hospitality in her beautiful house in Livramento.