Tuesday, February 23, 2016



Taken from Stamford's Library Series, 1912

Again, I reincarnate as Charles Ryder.

This is the plan: on 1st June I fly direct to Cusco, and on the 24th I return to Florianopolis. What happens in between then will depend on how I feel and the weather, but I'll almost certainly go to Machu Picchu, Puna and Arequipa.

Originally the idea was to spend time in Lima, but I decided that I would happier working in much smaller places. After all, the idea is not to see everything but to produce some decent pictures, and enjoy the process. 

Peru is not small nor so close and the flights to Cusco are likely to be quite a monstrous experience. But I do not envisage anything going terribly wrong. Latin Americans aren't, on the whole, actively hostile or interfering- unlike North Africans whose diverse cultures show a diversity of malignancies. So if some Peruvians choose to rob me then they will do so in an amicable fashion- if, indeed, theft can ever be conducted amicably. 

Anyway, join me if you find the idea amusing. 


Monday, February 22, 2016

Moçambique, The Atlantic


Moçambique, The Atlantic, oil on card, 14.5 x 17.5 cm

This is reminiscent of Nash with it's chalky colours.

It is a good painting and was very difficult to paint. One hopes the frustrations I passed through are not apparent in the picture. Painting the sea is very challenging. The sea is so vast and invites so many different emotions and is always in flux. When I am painting the sea I often feel a terrible sense of the hopelessness of everything.


Recently framed paintings of Santos


Santos, framed and glazed.   SOLD

 Santos - a ship, framed and glazed    SOLD

Santos- the port, framed and glazed    SOLD


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The corner of a table, after lunch


The corner of a table, after lunch, oil on card, 13 x 11.5 cm


Monday, February 15, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Timber yard, Biguaçu


Timber yard, Biguaçu, oil on card, 12 x 14 cm


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Coins on a plate


Coins on a plate, oil on card, 12 x 14 cm


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Anne Redpath Award, from Visual Arts Scotland


I'm pleased to say I won the Anne Redpath Award for my submission to Visual Arts Scotland's Exhibition in Edinburgh:

Shop Fronts, West End, Glasgow, oil on card, 14 x 15.5 cm  SOLD


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A view into a bedroom


A view into a bedroom, oil on card, 12 x 13.5 cm


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hat, camera, Saint-Exupéry


Hat, Camera, oil on card, 13 x 11.8 cm

There's an element in this field of quase-abstraction which I am pursuing, which is involved with visual puzzles, the relationship between titles and images, and our credibility. 

These aspects of picture making are delightfully conveyed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous picture of an elephant being swallowed by a Boa Constrictor, from Le Petit Prince. The picture at first appears to the narrator's childhood interlocutors to be a hat:

From Le Petit Prince, 1945


Monday, February 8, 2016

A tin box


A tin box, oil on card, 14 x 12.5 cm

This was painted a couple of weeks ago.

It would be nice, I think to be able to apply this method of depiction to the description of landscape, using fat black lines to delineate motifs, but the flat light of Brazil seems to invalidate such an approach.

Much of these simple pictures is about the enjoyment of gesture. It's a very simple approach and I like it: it refreshens.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pochades from a cruise to Buenos Aires


 Santos- a ship, oil on card, 12 x 15 cm   SOLD

 Santos- the port, oil on card, 18.5 x 22 cm   SOLD

Santos, oil on card, 16 x 22 cm   SOLD

These were painted on a somewhat exhausting boat trip down to Buenos Aires (which has a fine collection of pictures).

The most successful were from Santos, in Brazil, which is full of splendid ships. I painted from the deck of the ship which gave excellent views. I could happily have spent a week working there.


Many thanks to John Collins for his generous hospitality. Collins is a fine companion. 

Myself and the redoubtable John Collins.