Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Getting ready for Peru


The thing with the trips is not, I think, to load oneself down with obligation.  To say, for instance, I am in Paris, I must paint the Eiffel Tower..., regardless of whether or not one finds the tower an interesting subject. Such obligations have the counterproductive effect of denying any spontaneity to one`s artistic responses (though one might argue that spontaneity can only exist in the context of of obligations and that my position is paradoxical). Suffice to say, the main thing is to feel relaxed and talk about how one feels in the place, not about how one feels one ought to talk about the place...

I see this trip partly as an answer to Bolivia, which wasn`t as successful as I`d hoped, I`m not sure why but the pictures from Bolivia just don`t quite feel right. Maybe it`s because I always felt like an intruder there,  Anyway, I have very few expectations about Peru- in fact I know very little about it, and I suppose that is a good thing.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Photos from a forest, part one


Photographs taken in the forest at Rio Vermelho.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Double carrier


This is the new style double carrier which I shall use for Peru, in an attempt to reduce the space taken up by pochades in my luggage. Hopefully, the paintings do not touch, even if the luggage is chucked about by baggage handling staff at the airports.

 But..."We shall see"...said Big Max.*

* a line which comes from Big Max by Kin Platt.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016



Dunes- May 2016, oil on card, 14 x 11.5 cm

 Dunes 2- May 2015, oil on card, 15.5 x 12 cm  SOLD

 A fine day painting on the dunes. I felt there as if I were in an Antonioni film. It`s a beautiful place to work, the landscape  both subtly coloured but with dramatic shapes.

Exactly two weeks until Peru- crossing off the days.



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Moçambique, woodland and fields


 Praia Moçambique, woodland, oil on card, 12.5 x 12.5 cm

Praia Moçambique, fields, oil on card, 12.5 x 14 cm

Two pochades painted on a productive day in the woods at Praia Moçambique.

It's the first time I've managed to do good work of the woods at Moçambique. The woods have a restful quality and I love to work in them. But after previous sessions I'd had to destroy what I'd painted. I'd been under under the spell of other painters and couldn't locate my own emotional responses, I 'd seen Munchs and Klimts everywhere, and had become inarticulate, and the work was stale.

This time I seemed not to give too much of a damn. I felt free: the pictures came.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Saco de Lama


SAco de Lama, oil on card, 10 x 16 cm

A slummy area on the continent near the bridge- it has always interested me.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Above Canasvieras


Above Canasvieras, oil on card, 11.5 x 14 cm

 Above Canasvieras, oil on card, 10.5 x 14 cm


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Painting near Ingleses


Landscape with distant houses, Ingleses, 11 x 13.5 cm, oil on card

Sunny houses at a corner, Ingleses, oil on card, 10.5 x 13 cm

Houses at a bend, Ingleses, oil on card, 12 x 14.7 cm  SOLD

View near Ingleses, oil on card 12.5 x 10.5 cm

These were painted from the old road just to the south of SC-403.

They`re all small. With this format and style, which involves very few layers of paint, the paintings are rapidly finished. It`s like  shooting a musket.  a match. You get  just one chance to hit your target.

Winter is beautiful for painting here. You get side light and spacial depth is enhanced.