Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trindade- a street


Trindade- a street, oil on card, 24 x 21 cm


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trindade, Rua Prof. Belmarminio Correa


Trindade, Rua Prof. Belmarminio Correa, oil on card, 21.5 x 24.8 cm


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Painting in Trindade/ the blocky style


Blocks, Trindade, oil on card, 20.5 x 25 cm

Painting in Trindade

There are an increasing number of new blocks, none of which have much aesthetic merit or even interest. But I am trying to find something in the patterns of their facades. The older architecture isn't that interesting either, to be honest, but there are one or two older houses which have a certain charm. 

It's good to work around here, to walk to destinations and to feel that one is discovering ones own neighborhood. 

I'm working larger. I want boldness, a poster-like quality, like those famous Deco posters used for tourism advertisements- I'm preparing for Chicago which I shall try to paint in a broad and audacious manner.


The Blocky Style
 fat crude lively pictures... 

The pictures here are larger than I have painted for a while and the idea is to construct a new style

The features of the new style are- 

1. thick outlines describing elements
2. clear colours
3. limited colour range
4. simple geometrical shapes 
5. cheerful storybook atmosphere.

To assist working on a larger scale I reduce to palette to four colours- a blue, white, a yellow and a warm dark colour such as a red or brown. This makes mixing easier. I use big fat brushes too. It might end up looking a lot like Sironi but less sad.


Rua Linhares, Trindade


Rua Linhares, Trindade, Florianopolis- red car, oil on card, 15.5 x 18 cm

The first of a run of pictures depicting my neighborhood.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BRDE Exhibition- five more framed pictures


Ayacucho, a view across a gully, oil on card, 21.7 x 17.7 cm, framed

Pacucha, fields, oil on card, 22 x 17.2 cm, framed

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

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

Cusco- Arcopata, oil on card, 12.5 x 15 cm, framed

The effect of the blue passe-partout along with the dark wood frame. is to make the two pictures above seem a little old-fashioned.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Five more pictures for the BRDE exhibition


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

 Aguas Mornas, river, oil card, 14.5 x 18.5 cm FRAMED

 Forest, oil on card, 13.5 x 15.5 cm FRAMED

Joaquina, oil on card, 13.5 x 12 cm FRAMED  SOLD

Guarda do Embaú, with hills in the distance, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm, FRAMED

This painting is available on Saacchi Art


Five more framed pictures for BRDE


 Cusco: a lane, oil on card, 12.5 x 11 cm FRAMED

 Sao Jose, Houses on the River, oil on card, 16 x 11 cm FRAMED

 Cusco Cathedral, oil on card, 11 x 14 cm FRAMED

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

Driveway on the way to Cacupe, oil on card, 14 x 12.5 cm FRAMED  SOLD


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lagoa- houses on an incline; Urban Sketchers; photography and social meetings


Lagoa- houses on an incline, oil on card, 17.5 x 19.5 cm 

The Urban Sketchers group seems to focus more on taking photos of their work and each other than actually producing work.

 Actually this is an observation one might make about many social gatherings here- that the taking of photos is their real function- the stated objective of a meeting being merely to provide a vehicle for the narcissism that is endemic in Brazilian society and which Brazilians feel no shame about.

The effect of the picture taking is to disrupt any flow that social exchanges might have, and to impose a very limited and specific interpretation on the meeting (happy, positive, glamorous, fun, in which all attendees are comfortable together, etc). This robs any true spontaneity from meetings (though, ironically, the photos are often posed in a pseudo-spontaneous way). The photos are put on social media and our and our recollections of how things truly were is distorted or rendered questionable. 


Friday, May 11, 2018

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay


Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, oil on card, 21.7 x 27.7 cm  Not For Sale

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, beach, oil on card, 18 x 22 cm

I became sick with flu and so my trip to Uruguay wasn't the success it might have been. This is the disadvantage of short trips- they take an equal amount of time to organise but the smallest mishap can mean the entire trip is rendered futile. Also the travel costs became a disproportionate burden for the time spent.

Well, that`s it for trips until my time comes to visit the USA in August. I shall at least try to go to the mountains for a few days.