Friday, March 27, 2015

Antonio Carlos, view


Antonio Carlos, view, oil on card, 17 x 22 cm

This picture is fairly similar to previous pieces.

I've become more and more interested in big scale landscape views: it's partly because I dislike cramped spaces, and like to imagine myself in a much largr spatial context than I really inhabit.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Três Riachos, fields


Três Riachos, fields, 18 x 22 cm

Suddenly very hot and heavy: the picture feels heavy too.

  I can't wait to be in Europe and have a different atmosphere, even if it is cold.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Barra da Lagoa, canal


Barra da Lagoa, canal, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm  SOLD

Frequent weather changes from rain to sun to cloud made painting difficult today.

I'm try to get used to this slightly larger scale.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Landscape, Três Riachos


Landscape, Três Riachos, oil on card, 22 x 18 cm

Painted from the terrace of a fine 1930s church that perches on a hill in Três Riachos.


Monday, March 9, 2015

New larger carriers

Large carrier with label

Here are some new, larger carriers. which I shall take to Europe. I`m beginning to feel constrained by the small postcard format.

 I've not painted these carriers. I wanted to go for a different aesthetic: the painted surfaces used previously do protect the carriers against rain and dirt, but I wanted to try something else with these ones.

Different sizes of support allow different things, and there are some things that the postcard size does not permit. I miss especially the physical movement of the brush, and the chance to create more complex spatial arrangements within pictures.


Thanks to Larry for help with the Sun image.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

A day in Antonio Carlos


Antonio Carlos, landscape, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm

A perfect painting day with golden sunshine and a slight breeze. 

Antonio Carlos is proving to be very good for painting with long low fields, a road winding along up and down,  a river, mountains around, and fine churches.


Thursday, March 5, 2015



Tijucas, kite flying, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm  SOLD

One from this unpretentious coastal town, which I love for its the odd light effects you get there,caused by the way light is reflected from the river. The beach front is rather messy, alas, but children fly their kites: always a delightful sight.

The picture plays with some aspects pinched from the Scottish Colourists: a certain deliberateness of application and a  pastel palette.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Paintings from Moçambique, Florianopolis


 Moçambique, fields late afternoon, March, oil on card, 18 x 16 cm

It's an especially lovely season here with slow late afternoon shadows and a very clear light. Tomorrow I'll go over to the Continent to see what I can do near Antonio Carlos.