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My Dream Spirit, acrylic on canvas, 800x1000
It is not the first time I think I have done my final painting of, for example, trees, Blackfellas or Dutch landscapes. Forget not Portuguese 'impressions'.

But what to do next?

I have a show at NERAM in Armidale, NSW, in about six months. I came up to the north now exactly one year ago. From cold Armidale to hot and humid Cairns. From working inside to working, albeit shaded, outside in a temperature close to the warmth of my blood.

But what to do?

I painted this 'Dream Spirit' as a final in the series. I painted a man or an illusion. I must admit I understand as little of this Dream Spirit as ever. I put in a friend and a flying girl for old time's sake.

He looks slightly irritated with all the fuss.

I don't think he's very fond of my tribe. What a pity.

But what next?

I shouldn't worry. This has happened all my life. I think I'll never paint again. Very much like a dancer tripling over the stage having forgotten where to put his feet.

All the work for NERAM has been done.

So what do I do now?

When I was living in my village in Portugal for many years Senhora Rita was my housekeeper. She lived next door with her son, a nice and good looking young man about 30-ish. He was born a twin but his brother died at birth and only Florenco survived. But he fell of his motorbike at 22 and now lives in his house, in a wheelchair, with his old mother Rita.

Rita told me once:

"Paulo, the wrong twin died at birth.'

When you hear that you know something doesn't add up. So what is so strange?

I think I'll start cleaning up my work space.



I love this painting Paulo. It showers down hope and warmth to me... more beginnings than ends


Beste Paul, Je hoort ons al roepen: NIET STOPPEN met schilderen. Zo'n painters block gaat vanzelf over als je maar zoals, mijnheer Jaques Jansen ons vertelde, elke dag de discipline kunt opbrengen om vroeg achter je werktafel te gaan zitten en te beginnen. Tegen vijven lukt het dan wel eens... We hadden een erg plezierige reunie met Jelle, Rudo, Leo, Mike, Stephanie, Eugene en Marcel. Goed om te zien dat iedereen er nog is. Als je mij een emailadres kunt verschaffen waar ik foto's naar kan zenden, dan stuur ik het een en ander. Tot dan: Let op jezelf! Jos Tigges

It,s like looking through the fog an seeing the spirit man is he real whatz he want with me? I like I like the colours bring the dark spirit man to life it,s like he,s just out there comming to get me.Great stuff captivating painting:)