Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Antonio Carlos, oil on card, 18 x 20 cm
This little town features an unusually large Cathedral, in a sort of Deco style with twin spires. It is reminiscent in some odd way of the Chrysler building. The town is orderly and very well suited for painting with many little hills and changes in level offering different views. Ergo, I shall continue to explore it and and its environs.
It has the second highest life expectancy in Brazil, at 77.9 years.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Flowers on a red background SOLD
Araucaria tree, Alfredo Wagner SOLD
Joaquina, November SOLD
Looking down on the lake, Lagoa SOLD
Houses by the river, Alfredo Wagner SOLD
Flowers, first of July SOLD
A small town near Palhoca SOLD
Arch, Potosi SOLD
A view of Cochabamba SOLD
A small town near Alfredo Wagner SOLD
Ten pochades, framed recently by a buyer.
When I frame pictures I usually use simpler more modern styles of framing: these gilt frames work very well too, however.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Landscape, late afternoon, Itaporanga, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm
Landscape near Itapiranga, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm
Landscape near Alfredo Wagner, oil on card, 20 x 20 cm
The square format is not that easy for landscape subjects- probably simply for the reason that the compositional conventions for landscapes are based around a golden section rectangle, and the square format necessitates adaptations.
Friday, February 6, 2015
I'm pleased to say that I'll be travelling in April: London- Paris- Edinburgh- Glasgow- Somerset and back to London.
I am most concerned about Paris, which I fear might have totally transformed into a museum city.
There is also the fact that my notions of Paris are so heavily informed by black and white photos of the 1930' and 40's, and by paintings by Utrillo. This is a problem as part of me is inclined tops seek to interpret and represent Paris through the pictorial devices used in a previous epoch by artists to communicate to another generation.
What can one do about this? Not much, except to be conscious of inauthentic responses. I had thought in the past of developing a self-consciousness about this by very deliberately painting touristic, postcard pictures, but I am not sure how successful this was: a steroptypical view remains one, regardless with what spirit it is seen or represented.
Do join me for a drink in any of these places if you feel like it.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
A small town in the interior, oil on card, 18 x 20 cm
A view of the mountains in Summer, oil on card, 17 x 20 cm
Two from a drive out just beyond Santo Amaro. Both are slightly larger, using the bigger carriers I recently made and which are working out well.
I haven't been going much to the interior of late and I miss it, so perhaps I will go there this weekend. The island becomes claustrophobic.