Welcome to a blog in which you will find examples of my work in two areas and comments on whatever topics come to mind.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dwellers in a Spanish Antique Shop

Oil on Canvas Board 10.5 x 14 in (27 x 35 cm)

This is a window looking in on the dwellers of the antique shop.  They look out on a narrow, sloping street in the old Gotic quarter of Barcelona, a street down which the thirteen-year old Visigothic Christian girl, Eulalia, was rolled in a knife-studded barrel on the 12th February, 304; before submitting to crucifixion, breast amputation and, finally, decapitation -- the price exacted by the Emperor Diocletian, enraged at her steadfast refusal to renounce Christianity.
Or so goes the legend.  Many statues and streets in the city are named after her.
P.S. The original for last post's 'Backside'? -- an early work by Picasso, in the Picasso Museum, Barcelona.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Oil on Canvas Board 7 x 9.5 in (18 x 24 cm)

The original, a postcard of which I used to paint this, is an early work by a famous 20th century artist. Hints;  He was born in Spain but lived mostly elsewhere. He worked in tandem with Georges Braque for a time, then took another path.  At one point in his career he obsessively collected African masks and figurines.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kitchen Scene at the Cottage

Oil on Canvas Board 7 x 9.5 in (18 x 24 cm)

A holiday scene, and a holiday from perspective.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Musing Miss

Oil on Canvas 9.5 x 12 in (24 x 30 cm)

One works from photos these days, photos or the memories of photos, one's own and others'.  Even with all the unemployment everywhere, the vocation of model is not in vogue; and the independent artist who is not famous is as likely to set eyes on one as on an albino snail, or even a hobgoblin.  What is lost  (besides a possibly pleasant relationship) in this dependence on a double two-dimensionality, I wonder? Or gained (apart from convenience, and less expense)?