Monday, April 24, 2017

Fields above Lagoa


Fields above Lagoa, oil on card, 16.5 x 20 cm


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Praia Mole, late morning


Praia Mole, late morning, oil on card, 22 x 18 cm


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Landscape above Lagoa


Landscape above Lagoa, oil on card, 17.5 x 15.5 cm


Monday, April 17, 2017

Distant view of Kensington Palace, framed


Distant view of Kensington Palace, oil on card, about 10 x 11 cm 

Thanks to Lise for sending me this photo.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Above 43rd St., Queens, N.Y., looking down, framed


Above 43rd St., Queens, N.Y., looking down, oil on card, 12 x 12 cm  Framed

Framed and ready for submission to the Royal Academy Selection Panel.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Church near the junction for Rio Negrinho, framed


Church near the junction for Rio Negrinho, oil on card, 12 x14.5 cm   Framed  SOLD


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Praia Moçambique, April, 2017


Praia Moçambique, April, 2017, oil on card, 20.5 x 18 cm


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monument, Central Square, Trujullo


Rather deco styled monument in central Trujillo, commemorating the Peruvian war of independence, erected in 1929. The sculptures owe something to Michealangelo and perhaps Arno Breker.

This isn't Fascist sculpture- if we define Fascist sculpture by its political objectives. But it has some of what my old tutor Michael Bury used to describe as its "pea-braned" qualities.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dancer and Unicorn


Dancer and Unicorn

Tableau: it might be nice to suggest simple narratives using these toys.


Four cardboard toys: knight, emu, unicorn and horse



 Emu, perhaps.


Horse (detail of neck and head)

Some questions

At what point is a representation so abstracted that it ceases to convey the thing it purports to? Using only cocktail sticks and corrugated card, and limiting oneself to glue to join elements, what can one come up with? 

Would it be a good idea to paint the pieces? Or would that be to take them away from that playful abstracted area where the mind is teased into the area of mere imitation?

They are not refined. Does that matter? Is it nice to see how simply they are constructed?


Monday, April 3, 2017

A visit to northern Peru- conclusions, carriers


Northern Peru: the complete set of 23


I regard the trip as a success. Given the terrible rains shortly after my departure, I was extremely lucky with the weather, losing only a couple of days. 

And most of the pictures are good. I enjoyed painting in Peru. No-one annoyed me as in North Africa where children throw stones and people are often difficult to deal with. The Peruvians are pleasant and straightforward I find, though their food is extremely eccentric to say the least, their breakfasts especially bizarre.

I shall try to revisit Peru next summer, this time for a little longer- six weeks perhaps. Or would it be good to try to go Ecuador- Peru? That might be more fun, more adventurous.



The carriers served well, except that two paintings were  irreparably damaged. This happened in one of the double carriers and the moral is that the double carriers are not good for transportation for any distance as there is a high chance they get pressed tight and the two pictures with are stuck together- much as did not happen to this work, happily:

Two from Cajabamba:  undamaged

Ergo,  the function of the double carriers is limited to their use on a particular painting excursion. Then, the pictures are best left to dry for about a week after which one of the pictures should be removed and put in a separate container for transportation.

This seems like a lot of hassle but it isn't really. There is never a perfect solution to combining  travel and painting: any system that is perfectly secure for the paintings will inevitably become very cumbersome. 


A visit to northern Peru- part five- Cajamarca


These two last pictures were from my stop-off in Cajamarca on my way back, where I stayed at the lovely Jazmines Hostel. 

Cajamarca: north-west from the centre, oil on card, 16 x 16.5 cm

Cajamarca- Plazuela Chontapaccha, oil on card, 155 x 16.5 cm


A visit to northern Peru -part four- Cajabamba


Cajabamba is a pretty town, nestling in some fine hills, perfect for painting. People there seem to do more or less what they like and the place has a pleasant, unhurried air. I could happily have spent a few more days here. 

ajabamba, small houses behind a ravine, oil on card, 14 x 15.4 cm

 Cajabamba, outskirts, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm

Cajabamba, a view, 18 x 15 cm

Cajabamba: fields west from the town, oil on card, 13.5 x 16 cm

These two -above and below- seem to me to be among the finest of the trip. They're fluent and confident, and seem to me very much of the place they depict.

Cajabamba: fields, oil on card, 12.5 x 15.5 cm

Cajabamba: fields, a little house, oil on card, 18 x 18.5 cm

The mountains near Cajabamba, oil on card, 17.2 x 15 cm 

Hills, Cajabamba, oil on card, 15 x 13.7 cm 


A visit to northern Peru- part three- Banos del Inca, Cajamarca


I took the bus up into he Andes to Cajamarca. But because of Carnaval I couldn't find a place in the centre at first so I stayed down in a resort called Banos del Inca, notable for hot springs and soft hills. 

I worked quite happily and this set of pictures is very good, I think, often much influenced by Cezanne.

 A hill, Banos del Inca, Cajamarca, oil on card, 15.5 x 17.2 cm

 A hillside, Banos del Inca, Cajamarca, oil on card, 15.7 x 17 cm

A bridge, Banos del Inca, Cajamarca, oil on card, 13.5 x 17 cm

 A view towards a river, Banos del Inca, Cajamarca, oil on card, 15.5 x 17.2 cm

 Street before Carnival, Banos del Inca, Cajamarca, oil on card, 14 x 16 cm

Somewhere near Banos del Inca, Cajamarca, oil on card, 13 x 16 cm


A visit to northern Peru- part two- Trujillo


It was very hot and dusty in Trujillo which is visited mainly for the archaeological ruins close by, though it has nice Spanish architecture and a handsome central square.

 There was something about the place that made me feel heavy and slightly depressed and I am glad I was only there for a few days. I heard later from a taxi-driver that the city is overrun by criminal gangs and extortion racketeers and drug traffickers. 


Trujillo, view from the Wanka Hotel, oil on card, 12.5 x 14 cm

Trujillo, evening, from the Wanka Hotel, oil on card, 17 x 14.7 cm


Thursday, March 23, 2017

A visit to northern Peru- next year's itinerary and- part one - Lima

Well that`s clear: Peru in Summer is pleasant and a good place to go painting, except when it rains which it hardly did when I was there. So next time I will go there  for six weeks, cutting out Trujillo, and doing to the following-

Fly to Lima
Fly to Chiclayo 
Visit Lambayeque
Take the bus from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas
Stay in Chachapoyas Backpackers 
Visit Gopta waterfall.
Return: route uncertain.


Lima is a a big smelly place  and it is a place where I spent a week. I stayed in Miraflores, which is good for shopping and eating but rather easy-wipe clean and lacking a certain specificity. I mean, you could be just about anywhere that is reasonable pleasant.

So almost all my work was done in the centre which is a lot more interesting both architecturally and in terms of general atmosphere, with people selling all manner of stuff all over the place. I especially enjoyed the less touristy bits near the bullring and around Chinatown. They are quite filthy and full of odd things to see. 

Lima: Monserrate, oil on card, 13 x 16.5 cm

Lima, Barrio Altos, oil on card, 13 x 16 cm

Lima: la Victoria, oil on card, 12.8 x 13.2 cm

Lima: Callao, oil on card, 13.5 x 15.5 cm

Lima: Rimac, oil on card, 14 x 17.5 cm


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My portable palette


Like the pochade carriers, the palettes close so they can be transported without making a mess.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Three framed pochades


Framed- Hamlet on the way to Russia, oil on card, 15 x 18 cm

Framed- Moçambique, forest oil on card, 13.5 x 12.5 cm    SOLD

Praia Mole- headland, August oil on card, 12.5 x 11 cm  NOT FOR SALE