Friday, November 30, 2018

Two apples and the edges of a plate and of a table


Two apples and the edges of a plate and of a table
 oil on card, 15.7 x 17 cm

It's very pleasing to work economically. You focus on little and learn much.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Bowl, plate with sweets, fruit


Bowl, plate with sweets, fruit, oil on card, 13.5 x 16 cm


Monday, November 26, 2018

Not showing at Ateliê Casa das Ideias


I'm  not showing at Ateliê Casa das Ideias as the woman who runs the place tried to change the dates for the fourth time, this time with only six days notice. This will not do.

This is rude and annoying. I spend almost two years dealing with her selfishness (emails not replied to, dates changed at the last minute, not being kept informed of changes, enduring long stupid conversations about herself and her problems and so on and so forth)  and no longer trust her.

 Besides, there is very little point in exhibiting work if there isn't time to publicise it. 

These little shows are very easy to organise: hang fifteen to twenty pictures, send invitations, buy wine, be a pleasant host, have fun and sell pictures. A good time is had by all. In Brazil organizing anything,  however minor, can become a saga and render the whole experience is unenjoyable.


Joaquina; Liquin and travel


Joaquina, November 26, late morning, oil on card, 20 x 23.5 cm

I have been using a drying agent called Liquin and a Brazillian equivalent to mix with the colours. This way they dry much more quickly and become more transparent. 

There is a risk that if they dry too quickly the surfaces of pictures will one day crack. But as I use limited impasto I judge this risk to be low and offset by the degree to which faster drying times will facilitate the re-use of pochades when travelling. 

Many of these problems would be circumvented entirely by using acrylics or watercolours. I would miss the richness of oils, however.


Friday, November 23, 2018

Servidão Alcides Anacleto Vieira - Pantanal


Servidão Alcides Anacleto Vieira - Pantanal, oil on card, 24 x 21 cm


A new way of keeping pochades in carriers


wire holder

The pochade support is held in place by:

 a. wires which pass through the perforations in the corrugated card  

 b. blu-tac on the underside of the pochade, sticking it to the carrier (not illustrated)

This new method has a disadvantage, notably that a small area of the pochade where the wires sit is less accessible to the brush and will interfere with painting. However, it is worth experimenting with because in  direct sun the pochade buckles, so that when the carrier is closed the painted surface touches the lid. This is particularly an issue with larger pochades. 

The new method also allows pochades to be removed more easily.

pochade carrier with support


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Trindade, hillside; Klee


Trindade, hillside, November, oil on card, 19.5 x 24 cm

One might seek to work in a state of Zen-like serenity but that is rarely how it goes. More likely, with creativity there is some inner turbulence. At times these feelings are very forceful. My moods when working can be manically happy or deeply troubled. They are very unpredictable. 

Making art is indeed not often nice or fun but but I do also believe that part of our task as artists is to pretend it is. I suspect that, in common with sporting activities, those who really enjoy art are usually amateurs.


These pictures are much under the influence of Klee who uses a wide range of effects to represent nature and experience, and responds to nature with such delight. 


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Two framed pictures for the Society of Scottish Artists


 Yellow Tree, Central Park, N.Y., 2017
oil on card, 15.5 x 14.5 cm framed  SOLD

Near Berwick-upon-Tweed, fields, oil on card, 16 x 15.8 cm, framed SOLD

Many thanks to E.L.D. for these photos.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gardens, Trindade; Ecuador; carriers


Gardens, Trindade, Florianopolis, oil on card, 21 x 24 cm

These larger pochades are less easy to get right as they demand a more sophisticated compositions. 

With this in mind, how many pictures can one reasonably expect to be successful in a week's painting, and therefore how many pochade carriers should I take to Ecuador?

Approximately a third of sessions are successful- the others can optimistically be regarded as "preparatory". So, with two sessions a day and fourteen a week, there will be five good pictures (if I am lucky) at the end of each week....which means I need only take about 15 carriers.

At the end of each week a few carriers can be "liberated" because the pochades inside them will be dry and can be removed.

All this matters as I like to carry as little as necessary when travelling.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Santo Antonio- in fields


Santo Antonio- in fields, oil on caqrd, 20 x 23.5 cm

A difficult painting because it was so hard to arrive at a simple model of what I saw. Or sometimes I wasn`t satisfied for strong but mysterious reasons.

 It seems to me that for this style to work it is best to have a very limited palette or one becomes confused working.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Two paintings from Ingleses- late afternoon and evening


 Ingleses, November 2018, late afternoon
 oil on card, 23 x 18.5 cm

Ingleses, early evening, November 2018,
 oil on card, 21 x 24.5 cm

Too cloudy for much of a sunset, but very enjoyable to sit there working nonetheless. despite the tourists with their horrible music.