Thursday, March 8, 2018

My Peruvian Adventure- Ayacucho Part One: in town


My Peruvian Adventure began in Ayacucho, that elegant city of thirty-three churches and my paintings from there divide into two groups: views from the town, and specific buildings.

My original idea was to go from Ayacucho to Huancavelica but this was impossible as the road was blocked because of a landslide. After a few days of becoming increasingly frustrated and being misonformed, and suffering the tedium of two day general strike, in which the entire city shut down,  I changed plan and instead went to Andahuaylas, from where I knew I could fly to Lima.

As places to be stuck in, Ayacucho is by no means the worst but somehow the plan of the city, and it`s narrow streets makes it feel quite claustrophobic.

Ayacucho, a view from a hotel, oil on card, 16.5 x 19.3 cm

Ayacucho - a building in a park, oil on card, 14 x 17.2 cm

Ayacucho, Arch, oil on card, 14 x 17.2 cm

Ayacucho, a street in the centre, oil on card, 14.5 x 18 cm

Ayacucho, buildings in a neighborhood of workshops, oil on card, 15 x 17.5 cm

This picture (above) seems rather the "odd one out" and is reminiscent of pictures I did down in Puno in 2016. I rate it as one of the best of this year's set.

 These sorts of neighborhoods, with workshops and simple buildings are often very atmospheric, and inspire good pictures. One regret I have from the 2016 trip is that I didn't stop in Juliaca,  just north of Puno and has an abundance of such utilitarian architecture where they fix cars, sell construction materials and so forth.

Chucrh, Sucre, oil on card, 17 x 15.5 cm

Little Deco church and woman, oil on card, 17 x 18 cm


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