Thursday, July 31, 2014

An annihilation of time and space

From the window of a high speed train, the world becomes a smear that verges on the abstract. Thankfully, the angularity of human constructions - in this case wind turbines - provides some punctuation.

This is the ninth in a series of nineteen paintings.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

self-portrait with glove

I found a pair of huge buff leather cavalry gauntlets in a second-hand market in Florence, and just had to make a picture of myself wearing them.

It was done with china marker on a large sheet of textured paper. You can see the laid lines of the paper through the marker strokes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The view from Via Montalbano, Florence

Far in the eastern regions of Florence, above the loop in the Arno which enfolds San Jacopo al Girone, the Via Montalbano winds up into the hills.
One day in May I climbed it all the way to the dead-end, past ruined farmhouses, late renaissance villas, and the occasional lone cypress. At the top I painted this watercolour:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

3 academics...

...listening intently to a lecture on the early stages of the invention of the astrolabe.

Monday, July 7, 2014

lonely all these years

Drawn from life at the cafe of the student centre at the University of Toronto.