Tuesday, 12 November 2019

12 11 2019

Sod all happening, unless my unconscious is grinding away... today my first day at home (=Toulouse, Caca) and alone (Allenna been visiting) Now Bob away and all that beckons is housework.
Did get a usable idea about the Tree of Life. And have a plan to go drawing with Peter D on Friday.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

03 11 2019

Flash of insight, at last, and resolved the landscape. Not finished - surface too wet - but know where I am. Rather like the idea (=barriers) and will follow through.
Tiresome business. Symptoms of this and that plus inertia and jumpiness, not nice...all stopped as resolution occurs, weird eh.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

02 11 2019



From this to this... days of work and it looks crap. Anyway initialed and taken from studio. 
Finishing the funeral portrait of Puerto and working on some landscapes - dreadful. Fortunately non of it matters....



Thursday, 31 October 2019

31 X 2019

Is there a ratio, perhaps, as ones interest in how one looks fails and becomes an interest in how the work looks? Was shocked at myself at the end of a long working day to discover that I was pleased with the look of the thing. Got up at 5.00am and have been at it, cautiously... not drinking alcohol gives me a huge amount of energy. Clear day tomorrow also yeah :) 

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

30 X 2019

Good clear morning - up early and did all the necessary so I could get a clear stretch. Work easy and looks it. It's about as decorative as I can get without pretending
Lots of painters I like - Aileen Agar, Elizabeth Blackadder, Mary Fedden, Liza Milroy for example, are decorative without being crap. Is it a girl thing?
Feeling that it's an age thing. I'm rounding off my life with a bunch of cozy.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

29 10 2019


Back from weekend on the coast - very refreshing :) Above is the obligatory watercolour of Collioure with the emphasis on the tourists not the fishing village, not that its too evident.

spent time walking late-night sands in agreeably deserted Argeles plotting my future. Made various decisions which now seem improbable - too unsorted to report.

Monday, 21 October 2019

22 x 2019 tuesday

Want to get at this picture - where I'm clearly channeling my inner Dufy - but am forced to sit in the living room and wait for the new-meter man. Wont hurt but had such fun painting this, want more. Especially as I think I've discovered Dufy's strange black-line technique which I've never fathomed before. Can't believe if I have. And will need to wait to see if it all collapses, it really shouldn't work, hehehe.
Dufy meeting Redon? Its fun painting with empty head.