We walked all around the giant Buddha. Underneath was a large space full of various statues and artworks.
As a biologist I’m always fascinated by the different plants, flowers and life in different parts of the world – things that locals might take for granted.
Nothing should ever be taken for granted.
I was very taken with the statue of the naked woman. All over Porto there are the most wonderful tilework. The artistry is wonderful – particularly at the railway station.
In between the lulls in the music we were free to wander through the hall and gardens. It’s packed with fabulous artwork. Impressionists, old portraits, sculptures and modern art. Quite a formidable display. If I had a bit more time I could have taken better shorts and got the light and colour better – but there was music to listen to!
I loved the tiled artwork in the hall, the brightly coloured goods, the architecture, the bustle and hustle.
Some of the art looked like Picasso’s cubist phase!
This huge building was adorned with the most colourful murals! Fabulous.
The cover for this book has been a bit of a problem. I wanted to use a painting of mine of the actual flat that I based the book on. The only problem was that I had already used the painting for The Book of Ginny.
This is the painting of the living room I wanted to use that had already been used on The Book of Ginny.
This is one of the bedroom that did not seem quite right for this book – not quite right for the image of the character Danny Champion. It was too soft and feminine..
This is the only other one I had from the flat. While it portrayed a view of the room it was not a very satisfying image.
So I had a think. I decided to combine two painting and thus create a different effect to that of the Ginny one.
I liked the effect.
There is a lot of controversy over my use of my artwork for my book covers. While they are rather unique there is a view that they are amateurish and do not give the impression of a well-written book. What do you think? Should I go for something more mainstream and professional looking?
This book took fifty years in the making.
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