La Fille Aux Orchidees


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Don’t quite know how this image evolved.  I had painted a tangle of orchids and no longer liked it.  I rolled over it in red craft acrylic, but you could still see the shadows of the orchids.  There was a gap at the centre, so I thought I’d paint a silhouette of a woman’s face.  The black acrylic I used was cheap and so it was slightly transparent.  I started to enjoy the naive style and the girl’s over-slender neck.  I gave her some gold leaf ear-rings and a nose stud and… voila!  It is not Chris Ofili – no elephant dung was utilised in the process.  It isn’t Henri Rousseau – no tiger attacking her, but her eyes are mesmeric.  What do you think?  It is not my usual style – whatever that is!


Penck at The Ashmolean


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Penck Edinburgh N Darkness III

channeling my inner Jonathan Meades/ Waldemar

The title of this mural is Edinburgh Darkness III.  It’s not dark

enough, so I superimposed my trademark dark glasses.

Photo by The Husband- under strict instruction.