Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pre-Christmas Sale: today's featured picture

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Forest, Mocambique, oil on card, 13.5 x 17.5 cm





Today's picture was painted in 2016, in Florianopolis, plein air, and is an expressionist image of a forest in the north of the island.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Today's featured pochade: Pre-Christmas Sale

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Winter's Afternoon (the panic attack), oil on card, 9.2 x 11 cm




Today's picture was painted in 2011, in Florianopolis, plein air, and is an expressionist image show a landscape with telegraph posts.



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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pre-Christmas Sale: today's featured pochade: My Place

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My place, oil on card, 18 x 15.5 cm




Today's picture shows my desk, a piece of paper and a chair behind. The style is simple and somewhat cartoonish. It was painted in 2012.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

This year's January trip: central Peru

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Central Peru, from Stanford's New Edition Map, 1912





I can't afford the flights to Ecuador, so it's back to Peru- no bad thing as it's a splendid country.

This time I fly to Lima, then to Ayacucho , then go by bus back to Lima via Huancayo, Tarma and probably somewhere else, perhaps Huancavelica. 

Last time I  was too rigid with my itinerary, which forced be to spend Carnival in Cajamarca when I would have been better off eleswhere. But there is a complication whenever flights are involved because you are always better off booking these in advance.

 I'm a rotten traveler. Good travelers can go with the flow: they see changes in itinerary and small privations as pleasing challenges, they delight in conversational misunderstandings and find strange food exotic.

 Needless to say, I find all these things immensely irritating. 

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Pre-Christmas Sale- today`s featured pochade

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Valparaiso- beside Parque Italia, oil on card, 14 x 13 cm



Today's featured work is from the charming old port of Valparaiso in Central Chile, and is in a light impressionist style.  



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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pre-Christmas Sale- today`s featured painting- Bucket, mop, pot, kettle

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Bucket, mop, pot, kettle, oil on card, 10.5 x 14.5 cm




Here`s today's featured work: Bucket, mop, pot, kettle



This painting is  is a bold still life in blues and reds, and was painted this year in oils. It`s a play between simple rectangular shapes and textures.




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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pre-Christmas Sale: today's featured painting: Laurel tree

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Laurel tree, oil on card, 12.1 x 10 cm




Today's featured painting: Laurel tree



Today's painting is from Florianopolis and was painted in 2010.

 It was painted plein air in oils in a dry technique. It is among the first pochades I painted and at the time I was espcially interested in the atmospheres created by mid-nineteeth century French painters such as Corot.






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Friday, November 17, 2017

Pre-Christmas Sale: today's featured painting: Cusco

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Cusco: a view from north to south, oil on card, 13 x 14 cm




Today's featured painting: Cusco: a view from north to south


Today's featured painting is from Peru  and was painted in 2016,  in the hilly, historic city of Cusco. Like all the pochades, it was painted plein air.





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Thursday, November 16, 2017

A trip to São João Batista and Canelinha

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 Canelinha, distant hills, oil on card, 16.5 x 18 cm





Canelinha, trees, houses, oil on card, 16.5 x 15.5 cm





Canelinha, factory, oil on card, 16 x 16.5 cm






 Near São João Batista, settlement, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm





São João Batista, view west, oil on card, 15 x 19 cm










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Pre-Christmas Sale: today's featured painting: Mafra

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Mafra: simple houses, oil on card, 14 x 14 cm



Today's featured painting: Mafra: simple houses


Today's features painting is from Santa Catarina and was painted in 2013, in  Mafra, in the north of Santa Catarina, a smallish city that is largely of Polish colonisation. The painting capures the atmosphere at the end of the afternoon on a grey day.



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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

When I paint still life...; Moccasins

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Moccasins, table, stationery, oil on card, 15 x 17 cm





When I paint still life I don't much like the traditional set-up with a fruit basket, a vase and a wine bottle.

 I prefer to paint the things that are lying around the house lying, like the stuff  in boxes, the mess of papers and books or the tea things on the table, or discarded clothes. I like to come across these things. I don't like to "set them up". Setting them up would be a bit like a hunter deliberately placing woodcock in a wood for himself to shoot*. I like the sense that these items convey something personal, and so finding them in their places according to circumstances other than compositional needs is most important (it's true that I do occasionally paint flowers in a very traditional format in vases, but I do find this correspondingly restrictive).

I work on small pieces of card and I prefer things that have easily recognisable profiles such as jugs, spoons and shoes, or perhaps certain items of clothing. I give these things a context such as a table top or the corner walls of a room. I use simple colours: dark reds, grey-greens and blacks and I often try out new paints when still life painting.

I usually paint standing up and I walk around a lot, hovering. I work on several pictures at the same time, then at the end of the session discard many. 

I find painting still life is very mentally taxing: I work much longer sessions than when I am working on landscape and have many negative critical thoughts that I process or combat, with considered responses:

     This is weak: Weak in which way? What might strengthen it?

   That is the same as what you did before: Why did I chose that subject before and what are its virtues? Is there something that has similar virtues that simultaneously allows a new angle?

    How boring!: boring is about engagement in this subject. If it isn't engaging then is this because of the subject (because it's impersonal, randomly chosen) or the treatment (usually it is the former) or my mental set (apathetic, tired, over-familiar with the motif)? This question is the critical and shouldn't be dismissed. 

   That looks too easy to deserve respect: what matters is delight. Children's art is unskilled but often  highly pleasurable. Contrariwise, cemetery carvings are often highly skilled but joyless.  


I also listen to music and self-help talks and drink coffee to try to make myself feel better.



* I know that, ridiculously, this is how grouse shooting is arranged in Scotland: with the grouse safely reared in wire enclosures then released a few days before the "glorious twelfth".



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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Turps jug, fruit

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Turps jug, fruit, oil on card, 14 x 10.5 cm








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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A trip to Major Gercino

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Major Gercino: a garden seen from a bridge, oil on card, 18 x 16 cm








Major Gercino, River Tijucas, oil on card, 19 x 16.5 cm








Between Major Gercino and São João Batista, oil on card, 22 x 18.5 cm






 Between São João Batista and Canelinha, oil on card, 18 x 16 cm






Sometimes when I am in the interior I feel a terrible sense of lostness: the country could so easily just swallow me up in its immense beauty. 




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Sunday, October 29, 2017

A trip to Major Gercino

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Going to Major Gercino






Perhaps., weather permitting, I'll go to this little place to do some work. It's about two hours away and should be nice for a day.




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Monday, October 23, 2017

My British trip: conclusions

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Detail: Near Berwick-ipon-Tweed, fields



My British trip was short and frustrating. I didn't give enough time to each place: I broke my own rule about spending at least three nights in any one place. You need to give space and time for painting to develop. 

Also, I  became tired and a bit sick from not allowing myself enough time to get over the flights from Brazil and by socialising as soon as I arrived. I'm used to being alone much of the time besides which I'm fairly misanthropic, so spending time with others can be rather taxing.

The weather was not bad-  was predictably unpredictable, spitting down first thing in the moring to make you pessimistic, then showers or, in Berwick, wind in the afternoons.

 On the plus side, I think I've discovered a place where I can bed down for a solid week next time: Galashiels! It isn't as pricey as Melrose but it has some of its prettiness and the location is also delightful. 

It's difficult to travel in the UK because the costs are so high. A single room anywhere is a minimum of 50 pounds- and we are here talking about no frills hospitality in remote or unfashionable places.

 So my instinct is to prefer to make British trips shorter and use that money in Latin America where it goes so much further and the weather is kinder. That's an instinct that beats against a need I have to sustain links with the UK and with the artistic traditions there. But I don't much enjoy being in the UK- there is a robotic quality to the lifestyle, and it seems that every aspect of life if mediated by some authority or other so that little, including the endemic drinking, is truly spontaneous.






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Friday, October 20, 2017

Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Four pochades from Northumberland, showing carrier label




I painted the bridge twice. First I felt I didn't go far enough, I didn't "push through" to arrive at a stylistic conclusion somehow signaled by the bridge itself.





 Railway Bridge, Berwick, oil on card, 17.8 x 16 cm





Railway bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed, oil on card, 15.5 x 17.5 cm






So there are two paintings. Now I prefer the first. It's shaky, but I like that.

I walked along the river and painted the tress and bushes in the land beside. Mysterious places- I felt that I could have spent many more days there.




Near Berwick-upon-Tweed, fields, oil on card, 16 x 15.8 cm


There's a nice chunkiness about the handling in this one (above).





Fields, Northumberland, oil on card, 17.5 x 14 cm




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Pochades from London

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Three London Pochades in their carriers




My British trip began and ended in London.



Island Gardens, oil on card, 17.2 x 15.5 cm




Two my paintings this time were painting in Greenwich or, just over the river, on the Isle of Dogs.





Greenwich, a view north in the park, oil on card, 17 x 16 cm




This painting of Greenwich (above) was executed from the rise in the park looking North, The light flickered on and off through the clouds with a certain drama. You get the feeling on such days that winter is coming soon.

I've never really enjoyed painting in London: it's too flat, and its edges are ill-defined: it bleeds out into suburbs. The prevailing architectural styles are often bitty, even twee. There are few striking geographical elements other than the river, which now features little activity. The light is often dull, so the city lacks drama, and there is, of course, the rain. Recent painters of London have almost emphasized these insipid characteristics in a sort of deliberately anti-dramatic painting- in the Euston road School, or the Camden Town Group, or the paintings of Auerbach. Their work is often full of sadness I think.

When we look at the lively London painting of Monet, Turner or of Canaletto, then visit the places their pictures describe it seems as if they are creating fictions just tangentially related to reality.

I also worked a little in Marylebone. The light is silvery and everything lacks form. I started to work on St Mary's Church on Wyndham Place but the view was unsatisfactory and the parks cars ruin the perspectives. 



Marylebone, Homer Row, oil on card, 17.5 x 16 cm




I feel that New York is considerably more satisfactory as a painting place than London. It is much more visually arresting with its bold deco buildings and heroic bridges.




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