Disputed Matisse goes to US Supreme Court

Interesting dispute over whether this beautiful Matisse portrait was looted or lost due to the dishonesty of a family member https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/matisse-portrait-supreme-court-intl-scli-gbr/

Like I said: A puppet!

Hillary Clinton’s recent tweet led me to reflect and write some words:


My beautiful creation so beautifully formed

Perfect in every respect

Languid and limp

He casts a loving eye on his master

who sits back, cracks his knuckles

A benevolent smile, he chuckles


The puppet stirs, runs his fingers

Comb like, through his thinning hair

A shallow smile, don’t I look great

A little twist and shimmy

The strings are tightening

Time to warm up and come out fighting


A sad tale of dirty money and debt

Authorities incompetent and inept

Peep shows, porn-stars and pimps

Poisoned post-truths and bloated blimps

The audience looks on dumbstruck and mute

Distracted by the piper’s seductive flute


Walls of delusion

Mired in swamps of collusion

It’s just fake news folks

Don’t believe a word they say

Slight of hand deceitful distractions

Contortions and contractions


He whispers from behind the curtain

Tell them, “make us great again“

Make them hollow promises

Look like you actually care

Shed a tear, like a sad-faced clown

Wash away their silly fears, then double down


The strings swivel and harden

Offer them platitudes and a pardon

It’s performance time!

Stiffly he pivots, snuffles and sniffs

Stands erect and spins and swivels

Holds his breath, inhales and snivels


Right hand out he gestures

Watch my lips carefully

Don’t over-analyse or reflect

The art of the deal is very simple

I promise you I am the real deal

You just follow and come to heel


“Stop“ the master snarls

Enough of these distractions

I’m in charge, not you!

Just dance and keep your mouth shut

I’ve paid the piper and I decide what he plays

When he opens his mouth and what he says


A petulant, sullen pout

Downcast eyes he looks about

Inflamed, the audience egg him on

Come on maestro, do your very best

Give us a decent show

Display how low you can go


The cubicle quivers, the strings twitch

The spectacle continues, on and on

The audience stares in growing disbelief

Exhausted, disenchanted and perplexed

A deep chuckle, you deluded fools

Who promised to stick to the rules


The people slowly drift away

The puppet master yawns and sighs

My work is done, there’s nothing more to do

He stands up and smiles

As they say, every dog has his day

he spits on the stage and walks away

The Power of Life’s Forces

British painter Jenny Saville’s comment about the search for the power of life’s forces is profound:

When I paint, I don’t search for beauty, but for the power of life’s force: when you fall in love with someone, it’s life’s force. When you see amazing food or you listen to music that goes right inside your body, that’s life’s force. That moment is not an intellectual space, it’s something beyond – you can’t articulate it. It’s about the moments that help you breathe deeper.”

Certainly something to aspire to but much harder to achieve.

Industry’s New Home

Nice message from Michael Battersby of Battersby and Co, Business Lawyers of Parnell, Auckland: “Your paintings are a big feature, they really give us all a lift!

We are looking forward to seeing your latest works.”

AI Art

A painting Portrait of Edmond Belamy is up for auction at Christies in New York City in October. It is estimated to sell for $7,000 – $10,000. AI is predicted to take our jobs one day but now it seems It will also impinge on our leisure time – at least for those of us who paint – according to reports this will be the first computer-generated artwork presented at auction.


Waitaks on wall in Jo and Daniel’s place

New Moon

Here is New Moon in situ in Jo and Daniel Carol’s lounge.


Finished today – silly and free spirited!C3DF50C9-BB1E-47B9-89A1-2544BA7262CD

Balinese Temple

Finished this today. My interpretation of an amazing night-time scene in Bali – thanks Alistair Scott.

Robed and Wigged

Painting of a large group of barristers robed and wigged up