31-03-2017


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.

30-03-2017


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

29-03-2017


Gift Shop


29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

28-03-2017


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.

26-03-2017


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.

25-03-2017


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.




20-03-2017

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 AraƱa
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.




12-03-2017


Sunday Parker

29.7 x 21 cm. Oil on board.

 I think I will begin a series of paintings based on cheeky parking.

There is enough of it around; and cars
 can really add some cohesion to a painting.


11-03-2017

Quiet Saturday

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

It was quite late in the afternoon when I found this spot and the light was moving really quickly past these narrow streets.

Nearly every time I looked up there was slightly different light.

Like some fractal sun-dial.

05-03-2017


Sunday in Triana


29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

04-03-2017


Old Walls and Fallen Palm in the Barranco de Guiniguada.


29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.