Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Reclining woman

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Reclining woman, monotype, 9 x 12 cm











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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cairo, monotype

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Cairo, monotype, 10.3 x 11.8 cm, 2011




This was made some years ago in Cairo and then forgotten about.


It was painted from the nice Bristol Hotel- completely empty except for myself and an obese American woman, heavily painted and in late middle-age (rather conceited, who was married to an Algerian in whose country she lived. She had worked as a dancer and I believe that this talent as well as her girth made her favourable to male Arab taste. She was enthusiastic about the military in Algeria, and seemed to lead a life of ease. But though she boasted of her lifestyle she wore a sour face and seemed miserable) and the ironical and elegant men who seemed to have no object other than to be amiable and who staff the place. This was during Egypt's hapless"revolution" and there were few tourists in the city.

The hotel was  calm amid the general hubbub and ghastliness of the city.




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Friday, April 13, 2018

The head of a man

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The head of a man, monotype, 9 x 11.7 cm







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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Buildings, passageway, Rua Conselheiro Mafra, Florianopolis

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Buildings, passageway, Rua Conselheiro Mafra, Florianopolis
 oil on card, 17 x 14.8 cm




This was painted in the company of the Urban Sketchers Group in Florianopolis.




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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Flowers

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Flowers, oil on card, 15 x 12 cm






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BRDE show- 25 pictures in passepartouts

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Sao Jose, Houses on the River
 oil on card, 16 x 11 cm - in gray passepartout




I have had the twenty-five pictures placed in their passepartouts. It's a great pleasure to see them, they look quite handsome and I'm more optimistic about the July show than I was previously.

Usually, I chose a neutral ivory mat, but in a few cases I went for grays or blues because it seemed especially to suit them, and in order to lend variety to the collection, and just for the fun of it.

 But exhibitions tend to lead one to choose more neutral framing as this is more  likely to satisfy- or, at least, not dissatisfy- a wider range of tastes.


Next...the wooden frames...



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Friday, April 6, 2018

Spatula

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Spatula, oil on card, 12.5 x 15 cm




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