Rainy Day in Arucas

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.

Cathedral Cafe

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.

I had a great review of my work in the local newspaper - 'La Provincial' last weekend.
Here is the link (in Spanish):



Cafe Bar Interior, Arucas

29.7  21 cm, oil on board.


Patio Plants

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.

Fixing the Bell

21 X 29.7 cm, oil on board.


Midday Shadows on Pedro Castillo Westerling

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.

 I've looked at this street many times before with an eye to painting it.
Today I finally got the chance.


Deco Corner

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.


Casual Parking

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.


Red Bar, Blue Shop

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.



21 X 29.7 cm, oil on board


Looking Along Tomás Miller

29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.


Small show!

Today Alice and I spent some time hanging most of my paintings on the walls at the Language School. I had more than I realized.
 It's great to be able to see them all together.
 Normally they are simply stacked against the wall or in boxes hidden from view.


A re-worked canvas, based on a plein-air from a bit back.

 Land of the Bees.

50 X 70 cm, oil on canvas.


The Bridge West

21 X 29.7 cm, oil on board.

Massive man-made structures are amazing.
It's almost surprising not to find a visitor centre and people strolling around listening to audio guides.


The light was great for painting today.

Quiet Church South of Town

21 X 29.7 cm, oil on board.

Bushes and Overpass
29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.

Here is a step by step of the top piece.


Sea-Front Pizza Place

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

I caught this at 'golden hour' and chased the light a bit.
It should have been 2 paintings really.


Backstreet in Las Palmas
21 X 29.7 cm, oil on board.

A fairly high-key painting of some shaded backstreets.
 It was 34 C in the sun today.


Ornamental Fountain

25 X 30 cm. (10 X 12 in.) Oil on Board.


Pigeons on a Stone Fountain
30 X 24 cm. Oil on board.


Silver Street
24 X 30 cm. Oil on board.


University of Las Palmas building.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Behind the University is an amazing steep hillside of coloured buildings. 


Calle Nicolás Estévanez

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

I walked around for ages before choosing this spot today.
I need to be more easy going, and not waste so much time being picky.


Park Bench

21 X 29.7 cm.

The sun was in and out all the time whilst painting this, and the bench was clearly one used by people waiting for the very regular bus, so folk didn't sit for long. 

I still enjoyed the lesson/ time though.



Spent quite a bit of the weekend exploring and painting cacti.

They are almost insect-like in their variety, hardiness and alien-esque appearance.

All these are A4 in size (29.7 X 21 cm) and oil on board.


Street Cafe

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

I tried hard to avoid all the unnecessary details.

They are a lot more work, difficult to do, and can often ruin an otherwise decent effort.


General Vives Street
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Gift Shop

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Seawall & Umbrella's
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Trying to make some good use of the extra hour now the clocks have changed.


Coast at La Hondura (Gran Canaria)

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

 We walked the furthest north we could possibly go today and the weather was great.
We found some shade below a large cliff and had the coast to ourselves.


Ever since I first saw this building I've wanted to paint it.
 It looks good in any weather condition and at any time of the day.

Building on Plaza de la Feria

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


We went up into the mountains for the weekend.
I planned to paint a lot, but the weather had different plans.
 After climbing high up into a pinnacle-peaked forest, lightning tore the sky open and out fell a fantastic hail storm.

 Quite rare for the Canary Islands we were happily informed.
We tried to shelter under meager pines for some time but eventually admitted defeat.
This happened around 11 am each day and did not relent until we backed off the mountains.

Mountain Farms at Ayacata
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board

I painted this with one hand holding an umbrella, pulling down upon it as the wind whipped underneath to try and snatch it from me.

I did manage a couple of paintings in the early parts of the days:

Kingdom of the Bees (above Ravine of the Drowned)
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Cercados de Araña
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

 And this one after some rains:

Looking West at Roque Bentayga 
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

On the day we arrived the wind and clouds were moving so quickly I began wondering how I could paint when the land was constantly in sunlight then shade, and I hit upon the 'brainwave' of painting two paintings at once - one when the sun was out, and one when it was behind cloud.

 It became a futile confusing exercise where I simply reduced my concentration on either piece and ended up not really knowing what I was even painting.

Maybe if I'm lucky I can try again in twenty years or so, when I know what I'm doing.
For now I will just stick to the one painting at a time.