2022 in Pisticci…sitting outside wondering what to say….

It’s not that I haven’t done anything today.

My view right now.

I’ve begun another portrait.

This time I’ve started with the eyes. It looks good so far. I think the eyes are the most important part of a portrait. ( closely followed by everything else)

I’ve also got a commission to do which is a copy of a plate of fruit . Strangely, I had 2 people ask me about this in the same week. I painted the original in 2020.

This was about 70x70cm.

I wanted to see if I could paint something full of patterns and colour.

I’m looking forward to working on a 20x20cm version.

Mostly I’ve worked on the portrait and read . I’m enjoying using my attic bedroom again. Now that I’ve hoovered the ceiling then hopefully there won’t be too much more plaster and dust falling on me. Since the roof was fixed and it’s dry inside then a few bits of plaster have dried up and dropped off. But it beats water dripping through.

I’ve left my yogurt pot in situ to remind me of the “wet” old days, when I climbed up a ladder at 3am and roughly plastered the 2 halves under the leak which was in danger of running into my electricity wotsit.

It worked. There was a cupboard there at the time and I put a basin on top and the water went in it. I was quite proud of myself.

It’s very pleasant sitting here. Only about 28C and a slight breeze.

I’m hoping to finish the 50th local scene this week. Then I’ll need to think of another project.

It’s been good to have my own work in the background and then fit in commissions. I think I’ve sold 17 local scenes so far at €35 a time. My plan was to be affordable and also to chose scenes which had something in them that appealed to me or were a challenge. It’s been a success.

Time for wine now. My arm is aching a bit after pulling that noisy suitcase around, but is okay to lift a glass luckily.


Painting in Potenza 6 years ago. That was a fun day. I wonder if the painting is still there or something else has been painted over it……

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