Monday, August 18, 2014

A Journey to Bolivia: part 2: Potosi


These are from Potosi, the extraordinary city high up in the Andes, famous for silver mining, and dominated by a strikingly triangular mountain. The air is thin and the light is sharp and the colours are bright: excellent for painting.

 It`s freezing at night. My Japanese friend became very ill after the twelve hour night bus journey here from Cochabamba, because there was no heating on the bus.

View, oil on card, 13 x 12.5 cm

Arch, oil on card, 14.5 x 19 cm   SOLD

As always, it`s enjoyable to wander out to the edges to cities. The centre has been elegantly restored and is given over mainly to tourism and services. The fringes are developing, fairly rapidly, with dense housing, some of it rather basic.

Periphery, oil on card, 10.5 x 15.5 cm

 The Andes seen through a street, oil on card, 15.5 x 18 cm

These last two are from the centre, the first very much like Utrillo, I think:

 A street, oil on card, 15.5 x 17.5 cm

 A view showing the barracks, oil on card, 17 x 16.5 cm    SOLD

This last is among the best of the trip.

I`m often seeking a balance between spontaneity of paint application and exactitude, and not always finding it. Sometimes the pictures become overworked, at other times they appear unfinished, or incomplete. I think here I achieve this balance.

These subjective critical qualities are very difficult to put into words. There`s very much a you know you`ve got it right when you feel it`s right aspect to them.


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