Puno, red car, woman, oil on card, 15 x 16.5 cm
Puno, a lady in a red skirt, oil on card, 14 x 12 cm
This picture above, above, is one of the best from this trip. It convey's the rugged feel of the place well in the roughness of technique.
Puno, late afternoon, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm
I continued this way: a cross between impressionism, and art brut approach (not so much a choice as an instinct) working rapidly and directly. It has something to do with saying- these are the limits of my capacity to know, I can only see so much now, let me not pretend.
The places depicted here are in some senses ugly, unfinished, in other senses they are places with potential, rudely muscular like many young places in Latin America,
Puno, people going about their business, oil on card, 13 x 14 cm
The last four pictures revive the sense of stimmung, the concept of which de Chirico writes about eloquently with reference to Nietszche, and seeks to introduce into his own work. He describes(from The Memoirs og Giorgio de Chirico, translated by Margaret Crosland, Da Capo Press, 1994):
...a strange and profound poestry, infinately mysterious and solitary...this extraordinary sensation can be found (but it is necessary, naturally, to have the good fortune to posess my exceptional faculties) uin Italian cities and in Mediterranean cities like Genoa or Nice; but the Italian city par excellence where this phenomenan appears is Turin.
Does the clear light of the Andes which resembles that of de Chirico`s Turin?
These streets contain many incidents, and suggest the possibility of incident. They are market streets but given my aversion to people watching me while I worked, I painted the less busy streets.
A double carrier
The double carriers worked reasonably well. There were difficulties with one: the cases have to allow for the fact that in hot weather the card supports start to buckle in the sun and take up three or four times the depth than otherwise, so it is best to compensate for this with fairly deep case frames.
I used glue rather than blu-tac to hold the pictures. It seems more secure than the blu-tac. The pictures can be removed from the carriers fairly easily.
These carriers allow me to take considerably more pictures home with me, and therefore open the possibility of longer trips? thus Ecuador, in January, might well be a whole month.