Tuesday, October 25, 2011

For a quality public education

Hello everybody and forgive my delay in posting. The beginning of this academic course is not being very nice... Politicians are mistreating public education and, on the pretext of the crisis (which has not been caused by education), are reducing the budget for this item. About one thousand supply teachers have not been hired this year and next year they may be four thousand in Castilla-La Mancha, including primary education teachers (and it is the same for Madrid and other autonomous regions). Splitting groups, library, playground and hall duties, remedial/reinforcement programmes, bilingualism programmes... have also been reduced or withdrawn, so we are protesting against it...(last October 22nd, about 75,000 people (teachers, parents and students from Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Extremadura, Navarra, Valencia, Baleares and Asturias) demonstrated against these cuttings. Meanwhile, politicians try to misled public opinion saying that we are protesting because we don´t want to have two additional lessons.
Since the beginning of September we have had, at least, one day of demonstrations and mass meetings in Ciudad Real, Tomelloso, Toledo and Madrid to "organize" ourselves because some trade unions which are in favour of the government don´t support our demands. Disgust and an active attitude in favour of public education don´t allow me to devote the time I´d like to the blog.
At this moment, I "break" my personal ideas which made me think that here I would only include information about my works. I think the situation calls for it.

Besides, all this activity is affecting me... Lots of ideas come to me. I wonder if the paintings I make to be watched are necessary..., if my political ideas should have a more important role in my works... I don´t know... I feel that way now...

Here I show you a work whose preliminary steps I posted before.. I think it reveals the immediacy of this genre, though my processes are a bit slow...
Purple Swamp-hen, Porphyrio sp.
Oil on wood, 42x61'5 cm.

Purple Swamp-hen, Porphyrio sp. (Detail)
Oil on wood, 42x61'5 cm.

If you want to watch the post in which I showed part of the process of creation click here.