Monday, January 30, 2017

Red and yellow and white flowers

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Red and yellow and white flowers, oil on card, 17.5 x 15 cm




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Friday, January 27, 2017

Two framed pochades

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 Forest, Mocambique, oil on card, 135 x 11.5 cm   SOLD







Joaquina, sea, October, 11.5 x 12 cm





Recently framed.



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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Flowers, January, 2017

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Flowers, January, 2017, oil on card, 12 x 15 cm







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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017- my digital submissions

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 Above 43rd St., Queens, N.Y., looking down, oil on card, 12.5 x 12 cm






Sea, late afternoon, Praia dos Ingleses, Brazil, oil on card, 13.5 x 11.5 cm






These are my submissions for the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in London.

From the sales perspective, I think showing pictures of Britain would be wiser, but  I have fairly few pictures from there. I'll digitally submit these paintings that I think are both good. and hope that their aesthetic qualities are sufficient to attract both d the hanging committee and buyers. And New York is popular among buyers, and the sea has a certain universality so....


But there is a fair chance neither are even accepted. There is an tiresome arbitrariness in this process.




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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fruit, paper flowers

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Fruit, paper flowers, oil on card, 12.5 x 14.5 cm





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Monday, January 23, 2017

A bowl of fruit

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A bowl of fruit, oil on card, 12.5 x 11.5 cm







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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Vargem Grande

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Vargem Grande, oil on card, 11.5 x 10.5 cm






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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tall pines, Rio Vermelho

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Tall pines, Rio Vermelho, oil on card, 14.5 x 17 cm







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Monday, January 16, 2017

Paintings from my kitchen

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









Washing liquid bottle, oil on card, 11.5 x 14.5 cm




So much in painting is about feeling  free. But you only feel free when you stop trying to.




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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Moçambique, forest II

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Moçambique, forest, II, oil on card, 13 x 13 cm






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Saturday, January 7, 2017

At home: 333 Antuerpia

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Saki








Clip-on sunglasses










 Plant








Life.







Glass









Velazquez









Horse's mouth







Home





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Forest, Moçambique

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Forest, Moçambique, oil on card, 11.5 x 13.5 cm   SOLD




Happy New Year! 




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My place

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Beetles







Muse







Donkey, Tiger







January, 2017







Tijucas







Tom Waits








Apartment



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Thursday, January 5, 2017

My place

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Master








Wildlife








Face








Ezra






Tin








Bowl








Jug








Scallop








Cufflink






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Monday, January 2, 2017

Flower

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A Flower








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Annual Review 2016: Flickr, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Saachi

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Palette





Travels

I went on a cruise to Montevideo and Buenos Aires, though that wasn't terribly productive. And I went to Valparaiso and to Peru. Both those trips were very enjoyable and I was blessed with excellent weather. Indeed I was so impressed by Peru  that I shall return there  in 2017, but this time to the more northern part. 

I shall also go to New York again in 2017. I want to do some painting of Chinatown, as well as to explore further Brooklyn, which seems to me to be so rich in personality.

I intend to go to the UK and to Morocco  too, this time to Tangier, Meknes and Fez. But all that has yet to be arranged. 







Valparaiso, shops, Gran Bretana, oil on card, 16 x 15 ccm









Puno, red car, woman, 15 x 16.5 cm, oil on card





I painted in the interior of Santa Catarina but made no other journeys within Brazil; the reason for this is because of my patterns of work, and because it has become remarkably costly to travel within Brazil- so it seems that it is wiser to put aside the money and use it for more extensive trips in other Latin American states. But I shall continue to visit the interior of Santa Catarina which has a definite magnificence.








A community near Urubici, oil on card, 16 x 18 cm





Flickr

Now I have 917 Followers, up from 2015's 880, a modest increase. It remains a useful place to show work, and a good way to encounter other artists through showing in the many "groups".


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Blogger

The number of followers went down from  82 to 80. I have no explanation for this, though it might be related to the fact that my entries are now briefer and less frequent. Or maybe reading blogs is out of fashion, and there has been a decline in readership across all such sites.

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Facebook

This remains a good place to make contact and show work: add me there if you wish. I frequently sell work through Facebook and I recommend it to other artists.

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Twitter


There are now 256 followers on Twitter, down from 314 last year.  Twitter is more or less a waste of time: I have no meaningful interactions with followers there, and I will abandon the effort.


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Saachi

I sold nothing through this site this year, again. But I will continue to use it occasionally to show work as it costs nothing to do so.


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Plans, thoughts.

The year confirmed the necessity of travel for inspiration and escape: It's necessarily difficult to find the balance between travel and the teaching work I do here to maintain myself., but I'll travel much more next year,. The new double carriers allow an increase in the number of pochades of about forty percent, which means longer painting journeys are possible.

I used the last few months of the year well, going though all the pochades and systematically removing weak work and then more carefully storing the good work.  This editing process is an important way of re-enforcing and understanding ones critical parameters. 


I sold pictures steadily though the year. It wasn't an amazing year but it wasn't terrible either. I felt that I arrived stylistically, and can relax within the techniques and approaches I've developed over the last 6 years.




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Thanks

Thanks to clients, supporters, critics and those who helped me in Peru and Chile. 



Happy New Year! 


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