Not intended (luckily!) to be a true picture of the quaint little town, this detail refers to one of the many churches, the river and boats. I loved my visits to the town and the many characters I met. The wonderful individuals, news and gossip always reminded me of those famous residents of another of the Cinque Ports: Mapp and Lucia and their doings!
I love this gloomy piece which evolved under my eyes. My visual memory was jerked by the beginnings of the hunched up figure and I found the image I recalled in a book about Gauguin (hero!) with a photo of a Peruvian mummy. I have always loved the poem by Stevie Smith – hence the title.
Maybe all the horrifying stories of drownings in the Mediterranean influenced me as well. We can never know all the subconscious themes.
The things in my imagined landscapes come from patterns and designs that I ‘find’ as the painting grows. I heard of the Tower of Fools at an exhibition at the Wellcome Foundation a while ago. Image approx. 10×8 inches (25.5×20 cm).
Well, actually, we never lived in a blue house. But my neighbour has recently painted his fences and BBQ shelter in this shade of blue – and it looks very nice. So maybe a repainting job on my side of the fence is needed… Though it is easier to see and admire on the next door property and save the effort!
Experimental painting: blind contour drawing of a man’s face done with monotype and then mounted on a textured background. Couldn’t think of anything to do next so in the ‘look at later’ pile! Image 8×10 inches (20×25.5 cm)
One of a recent series of figures outlined with heavy black. I love the way the bright colours look like traditional stained glass. I remember dancing to this song way back… Didn’t want to offend with the real title!