Saturday, November 28, 2015



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Framed pochades  for the Society of Scottish Artists show.




A view from the Necropolis, Glasgow, oil on card, 13 x 18 cm






 Sidi Ifni, roofs, oil on card, 12.2 x 15.5 cm



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Monday, November 9, 2015

Society of Scottish Artists, Open Exhibition 2015, acceptance


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 Sidi Ifni, roofs, oil on card, 12.2 x 15.5 cm




A view from the Necropolis, Glasgow, oil on card, 13 x 18 cm






Both my submissions to the Annual Open were accepted. 

 Last year my submissions were rejected, and in the year previous to that accepted. I cannot for the life of me find any logic behind their acceptance or rejection.

It is nice, nonetheless, to be an (albeit tiny) part of the Scottish art world this December.





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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Two recent sales

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Lagoa, haze, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm  SOLD





Arch, Washington Square, New York, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm  SOLD




Two recent sales.


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Three weeks in New York: Conclusions

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This year's New York set





The trip resolved the desire to really know New York. There remain swathes which remain unknown to me, whole boroughs, indeed: the Bronx and Staten Island remain mysteries. And I have never explored the city in Winter. I also regret not having worked in Chinatown, which is very striking, visually.  But you cannot do everything.

For painting,New York good. The colours are beautiful- splendid reds, ochres, grays and olive greens- (seemingly the basis of Williamsburg's exquisite range of oils). The people are easy to understand, individualistic and bold. No-one bothered me while working and most people are courteous. The city has few hills, alas, so getting views usually involves scaling buildings. I wish I'd had more access to rooftops.

It may be the capitalist city per excellence, but isn't as materialistic as they might have you believe. No city with such dedication to art (which is still, despite what auction headlines might lead one to assume, based more on passion more than profit) can be said to be materialistic. Some of the art is rubbish, for sure. but much is breathtaking,

MoMa disappointed me. It's crowded, like a shopping mall on Christmas Eve. And the galleries are uncomfortable spaces where it's hard to sit down, or relax to study the works. There was a huge survey given to Picasso- an amazing display, but so large as to exhaust the visitor. The garden is .  and stony full of mediocre sculptures. 

Much more enjoyable were the Brooklyn Museum, which is especially good on American works, and the Neue Gallery, which had an excellent exhibition on inter-war Berlin. Of course the Metropolitan is glorious. And The Studio Museum in Harlem had a fine show of paintings by Stanley Whitney.



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Whither?

The day long peek at the world inside the USA, which I gained at Cold Springs has made me think that it might be time to revive the New York Road trip idea. 

I shall attempt to re-visit Valparaiso in February for about ten days.



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I am grateful as ever to the friendliness and courtesy of passing strangers, who were very often Black and old. 

I thank the philosopher J. Heald for his amusing company in Williamsburg, and for helping me lug the easel about. 

I also acknowledge the helpful presence of Lancastrian W.J. Eccleston who, for mysterious reasons, seemed to accompany me in thoughts as I wandered  in the Big Apple.





 Detail: Block, North end of Lorimer Street



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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Three weeks in New York: 5. Manhattan, Central Park and Cold Springs

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Arch, Washington Square (detail)







Playing fields, Central Park, Manhattan, oil on card, 16 x 17 cm SOLD





Arch,Washington Square, New York, oil on card, 17 x 14 cm    SOLD





Central Park, Manhattan, oil on card, 15.5 x 17 cm





Clinton Street, oil on card, 18.5 x 18 cm



I found Leonard Cohen's old street, and worked there. There isn't that much that remains, just one block is in an old style. The rest has been given over to recent housing estates.




A toy boat on  Conservatory Water, Central Park, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm   SOLD


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 Cold Springs









A tiny peep from New York into a vast world beyond, taking the Hudson train up. Amazing natural abundance, pretty towns. An invitation, and a reminder of how  how claustrophobic life in New York might become.

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Toy Yacht, Central park: detail



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