Friday, February 10, 2017

Three framed pochades


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

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


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Getting ready for Peru



All are now double carriers. The double carriers save considerable space but there is always the worry that the pictures on one side will mar that on the opposite.  But on longer trips such as the one coming the pictures can dry superficially between destinations on the itinerary.

Double carrier

I've been quite inactive here. It's too hot to do much except daydream, so I'm very keen to get going.

I'm scoring off the days to Saturday when I fly to Peru. I worry about one thing or another- rain, crime, the general hassle, getting ripped off and so forth, but at worst it will be a break from here. 

Before a departure I always find a surge in anxieties, which often focus around some petty matter- fear of houseplants dying, insects invading the house, the car being damaged etc.

But when I start packing and I have filtered down everything into the little kit I need to do some work and get by for a month I realise that all those anxieties are nothing more than a load of mush. Or perhaps they represent some fear about freedom, as if some part of me doesn`t want to be free to enjoy working and travelling but would prefer me to sit and rot here and moan about things. Is there something in us that prevents us from escape, from leaping to safety, and innate conservatism, so well represented by Billy Liar, unable to take the train to a more joyful life in London, condemned to provincial misery.

Florianopolis is a boring place and nothing happens here without a push and a shove and then another push and a shove on top of that. Socially it is very slow, and there are almost no cultural events. I regret that I didn`t set out to travel just after New Year. I`m always concerned about losing students by travelling for too long. But it is so slow for students in January that I could surely have gone without anyone noticing and I`m cross with myself for not having done so.

Ready to go.