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Out of the corner of my eye...

by rogerburnett , May 11, 2013—12:00 AM

Topics: painting

Whether it is the fleeting movement of the model, or the transient scene that I glimpse out of the corner of my eye, it is the unexpected that makes my day.

Twenty years ago, while painting on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, I interrupted an overly laboured seascape to scribble down this sketch. The fishermen landed and sold their catch in a matter of minutes and I had to catch my subject in the same moment of time.

At the end of the day, I valued my sketch infinitely more than my "finished" painting. It is something that in a hundred years time I'd like to be remembered by.

Fortunately, this sketch of fishermen landing their catch is permanently lodged in my brother's collection. If you go back in the archives of to an entry posted 8th March 2011 and titled "Dear Theo" you'll find out more about the similarities of our brotherly relationship and that of Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo.

The following letter brings our correspondence up to date.

Dear Ali,

I desperately need the following Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolours: one 14ml tube of Raw Umber & Burnt Umber and one 5ml tube of Viridian & Prussian Green. They may have discontinued Prussian Green, but the rest should be readily available. Post them regular airmail.

I am sending you one of my recent reclining nudes for your collection. Keep faith, one day it may be worth a little something.

With a handshake in thought,




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