Sunday, June 28, 2015



I'm going to take a couple of weeks off painting and take photos of signs, buildings and other structures out on the periphery near Palhoça and Biguaçu.

Landscape, Rancho Queimado, oil on card, 20 x 18 cm   SOLD

In the meantime, here are a couple from the mountains, between Santo Amaro da Imperatriz and Rancho Queimado.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dunes - from Lagoa


Dunes - from Lagoa, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm

It`s amazing how quiet, ethereal indeed, it is just over the sand ridge from Rendeiras.


Thursday, June 18, 2015



Forest, oil on card, 13.5 x 15.5 cm

This was painted about a year ago, but for some reason never shown.

 I think at the time  I felt it  facile. Now, however, I quite like it.


Friday, June 12, 2015



Peru, from Stanford's Library series, 1912.

Back home, bored out of my brains, and feeling very much like Richard Hanney in the opening pages of The Thirty-Nine Steps, I plan a trip to Peru. I don't imagine that it will be possible to get there before 2016, however.

As ever, the British Foreign Office site provides delightfully discouraging reading:

Demonstrations are common in Peru and can turn violent quickly.There’s risk of robbery by bogus taxi drivers, especially to and from the airports and at bus terminals. Driving standards are poor. Crashes resulting in death and injury occur frequently. There is a general threat from terrorism....etc etc.

 I think the officials in the Foreign Office would really prefer if British citizens just stayed at home.

Anyway, I have ordered a guidebook. I suppose I won't get into trouble, as I rarely do, and even if I do, I suppose there will be some way out of it.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A dark red horse, Lagoa


A dark red horse, Lagoa, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm   SOLD

Painted from the ridge as you enter Canto da Lagoa, a favourite place of mine to work from.


Monday, June 8, 2015



 Mountains near Alfredo Wagner, oil on card, 18 x 21.5 cm

Two from an oh-too-short-visit to the mountains. Weather perfect, clear and warm.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Drawings for notional murals and sculptures.


Drawings for notional murals and sculptures. 

Should anyone have a place to do these let me know and I will come and make them.

 Gaint cats on garden walls- one leaping the other seated

 A giant horse on a gable

 Cat`s head and cat leaping

A boy and a girl on a garden wall

These pursue themes of gigantism. I very much enjoy the simple advertising, seen in developing countries. There is a sweetness in those advertisements that I`d like to bring to some walls and I would like to do some in Belfast to replace the hateful murals that proliferate there,

The softness of effect given by a pen cannot be reproduced on a wall, so I would have to find a way of creating a gentle quality through colour.

Suspended faces.

Thes two, above and below, are either balloons, or flat representations of faces, again enormous, to be suspended by ropes from tree branches or, below,  supported by long poles.

Poles with faces.

A giant sculpture of a worthy man, with cyclist for scale.

I think tidying the drawings with correction fluid might make them more comprehensible, but they become a little uglier.