Inspired by Porto

Today I am sharing a selection of paintings inspired by Porto.

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Porto inspired paintings current works in progress in my shed – image ©Mary Price 2016

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Current work in progress  – fiesta colours bursting into the canvas ©Mary Price 2016

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Fiesta inspired work in progress ©Mary Price 2016

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Detail from one of my Porto window paintings ©Mary Price 2016

Curiouser and curiouser - secret lives lived ©Mary Price2016

Curiouser and curiouser – secret lives lived
©Mary Price2016

 

Peering into the windows and doorways of Porto

This series was inspired by a recent trip to Porto in Portugal. The city is full of secret doorways, ancient windows and crumbling buildings peeling with paint and graffitied, with the abandoned nestled up against the very much lived in.

This is a special place and the paintings below are based on memory. I did not draw before making these paintings – I simply wandered, took photographs and absorbed the essence of the place. Returning to the studio I painted what I had seen – none of these windows exist anywhere other than on these canvases. But they have their origin in memory and are a response to my experience of this magical city.

Porto window

Porto window ©Mary Price 2015

Porto window

Porto window ©Mary Price 2015

Cat looking in

Cat looking in ©Mary Price 2015

Porto doorway ©Mary Price 2015