I’ve just finished a painting started nearly a year ago, a nicho painting made on our return from Mexico. It’s taken until now because I’d not painted the nicho and hadn’t decided on the ‘photograph’. In the end I decided on this one, a child we met, half of her face painted in ‘Day of the Dead’ fashion. The ‘papel picado’ (tissue paper cut outs) hung everywhere during the week of celebrations.
Another nicho painting following a holiday – this time to Treboul. The boy in the painting is Max, a friend’s son, photographed later in Devon after he’d been fishing with his father. The title and the presence of a tired Max is a small nod to the work of Christopher Wood who made several paintings in and around Treboul including “The Sleeping Fisherman”.
In 2009 we had a short break in Rome and arranged it so that we coincided the visit with a friend, Chris, and her mother, Mary. The photograph in the nicho is Mary enjoying one of the long, light evenings we spent outside at a restaurant. The floor is one we saw in a church crypt and the pigeon lay outside the colosseum.
Finally, an imagined, night-time view from the garden in Aberporth where we often stay at our friends’ cottage. Their Jack Russell, Jack, is the subject of the little painting in the nicho.