watercolour

Three La Manga Sketches

On a recent visit to La Manga Club in the southeast of Spain, near Cartagena in the region of Murcia, I painted in watercolour and scribbled in ink the following three sketches, showing roof tiles, palm trees, and squiggles, some of the villas which make up the resort’s Las Lomas Village, and the golf course and assorted fields overlooked by the hills…

Pyotr F. Sokolov: Watercolour Portraits in the Age of Pushkin

Following my piece ‘On the Fugitive and French and Russian Poetry’ – which considered fugitive poetry in eighteenth-century France, and its influence upon the Golden Age of Russian poets including Alexander Pushkin, Konstantin Batyushkov, and Prince Pyotr Vyazemsky – I thought I would take a look at a Russian painter who encapsulated the Pushkin era. Active from the middle of…

Mughal Painting and the Akbarnama: Miskina and Mukund

Mughal Painting and the Akbarnama: Miskina and Mukund

At the beginning of the year, while spending a few days in London, I visited the V&A and was taken with the museum’s South Asian rooms. In particular, I was captivated by the Mughal paintings on display: with their flattened perspectives, and their rich colour palettes of prominent reds and oranges, amber yellow, gold, and subtly complementing shades of viridian green and Persian…

Red After the Paris Shootings – A Political Cartoon

After the shootings this week in Paris which killed seventeen innocent people, and centred round the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, this political cartoon is a response equally to the shootings and to the litany of cartoons drawn in support for the victims, for satire, and for the practise of putting to paper. Eschewing the apotheosis of the pencil, my cartoon is…

Amsterdam Watercolour: Apartment View

Amsterdam Watercolour: Apartment View

And so here lies a second painting, in ink and watercolour, of the view from the rear balcony of my old apartment in the Oud-Zuid neighbourhood of Amsterdam. While the first looked down from the balcony toward two sheds, showing their roofs and yards in autumn with the patternation of fallen leaves, this watercolour shows a perspective across the complex…

Amsterdam Watercolour: Two Sheds in Autumn

At the end of last October, my partner and I departed Amsterdam and returned to York. The cause was my commencing a PhD in literature at the University of York. While there were possibilities for undertaking doctoral research at a university which would have enabled us to continue living in Amsterdam – including an excellent opportunity with the University of…

What Tribulations Await the New Doctor Who?

What Tribulations Await the New Doctor Who?

I have never watched an episode of Doctor Who. And yet when I read on Sunday of the proposed announcement of a new Doctor – an announcement which was to be made live, so I read, broadcast via BBC television – my imagination was taken in and held captive. I thought up the following words, sentences depicting the potential views,…

Watercolours for a Children’s Story

Watercolours for a Children’s Story

A number of years ago, with my partner and I living in Umeå in the north of Sweden, my partner was afforded the opportunity to study for six months in Istanbul. So we went and we lived in Istanbul for about six months, from the beginning of a September until the latter days of the subsequent February. My partner was…