An artistic interlude

Travelling through Argentina has provided a huge source of inspiration for painting but little space or equipment. However my patron, Jennifer, bought me some paints from England and with some cardboard from product packing and a bit of gesso I’ve had a bit of fun and many commissions!

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Horses that can’t be broken are used to test out riding skills at the local Jineteada. This picture is of Fabi, the casero’s son. Argentine horses, many derived from just 72 horses that came from Andalusia, rear up as in this painting rather than bucking like the north american breeds.
(Acrylic on primed cardboard)

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This is Yoel, the casero’s grandson and the new gaucho generation. At 18 months old I have seen him helping his grandfather lead the horses into the stable.  Yoel is currently awaiting an operation to close a hole in his trachea, but seems to be taking it in his stride. (Watercolour on cartridge paper)

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The Casero, our gaucho friend Tata, with Annabels polo ponies. Autumn here is very colourful, especially as the days remain warm and the skies blue.
(Watercolour on watercolour paper)

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The Pampa, a wide expanse of flat countryside, seemingly empty, but still mesmerising.  The colours of the Pampa are diverse, punctuated by saltflats, turquoise lakes and the ocassional billowing smoke clouds from a wild fire.
(Watercolour on watercolour paper)

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Crossing the Magellan Straits we were accompanied by commersons dolphins, blissfully unaffected by the storm brewing behind them they provided quite a show for us both of the times we crossed the strait.  The storm produced some fantastic effects and the glimmer of light on the land provided some contrast to the drama.
(Watercolour on watercolour paper)

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Our current host Annabel ranks 6th in the UK amongst female polo players. It is a fast sport and one that is difficult to capture in a painting, certainly impossible during a match.  Each match consists of a series of chukkas which  are just minutes long. Players usually change their horses at the end of a chukka, which means each player will have six to eight horses at their disposal and a team of grooms to manage these, no wonder it is sometimes known as the sport of kings.
(Watercolour on cartridge paper)

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The train station in Los Cardales is a wonderful victorian-era building which has recently been restored along with a new modern train service. The waiting room is called the ‘la sala de espera’, which given the service in Argentina I translate to ‘the waiting room of hope’. Cardales is a great little village with very friendly people.
(Watercolour on watercolour paper)

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And finally, La Sortija itself. Jennifers favourite view of her daughter’s house. The plant in front of the gallery is a favorite for humming birds and during the night the area is illuminated by fireflies. Life in the campo doesn’t get much more idealic.
(Acrylic on primed cardboard)

One thought on “An artistic interlude”

  1. Your artwork is so good. My favourites are Tata & the ponies, the pampa & Megellin straits. What a brilliant way to record your adventure.

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