Monday, 30 November 2015

Happy St Andrew's Day

"This is my country
The land that begat me,
These windy spaces
Are surely my own.
And those who here toil
Are flesh of my flesh
And bone of my bone.
Sir Alexander Gray (1882 - 1968)

Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Show at the Torrance Gallery Previews tonight...

"A Hint of Autumn, Rozelle Pond" Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Early Evening Tide, Barassie" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Summer Greens" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Grey Day" Acrylic 6" x 6"

Travelled up to Edinburgh at the beginning of the week with four paintings that will be taking part in this years Christmas exhibition at the the Torrance Gallery. From top to bottom we have "A Hint of Autumn, Rozelle Pond", "Early Evening Tide, Barassie", "Summer Greens" and last but not least "Grey Day". Grey day it was but I managed to off load the paintings when there was a break in the rain, not very festive weather for the time of year. There is a preview this evening at the gallery and another tomorrow morning, you'll get a warm welcome if you happen to be visiting the capital and would like a peek. The exhibition runs from 28 November - 9 January 2016.
Meanwhile I'm working on some new paintings in the studio and hope to share them with you soon. Stay warm and safe and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to my friends across the Pond.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Bigger spaces in between...

"A Hint of Autumn, the Pond, Rozelle" 
12" x 12" acrylic - work in progress

Been quite a while since my last post and where do I start. My lovely seven years young Packard Bell laptop suddenly and without any warning decided it didn't want to play any more. And, on the 28th October it ground to a resounding halt never to start again. I have to say up until that moment it was a great wee machine and we had many good times together. Unfortunately it's hell bent on keeping some of those secrets and refuses to give up the contents of it's hard drive. Hundreds of images locked out of reach. Hopefully or should that be wistfully, Joe at PC World will eventually manage to get it to spit them out. It has certainly given me food for thought as it's not the first time I've lost precious images. While taking some of the blame I really should have had a external hard drive connected. Something you can guarantee will be happening asap.
It also made me think, and not for the first time, of the amount time I've spent on a computer. It's just something over the years that I've just got used to and has become part of the daily routine. I've enjoyed meeting folk online, some that I would most likely never have met if it hadn't been invented. But something has changed this past year. Even before the last drama with my laptop there have been niggles of time wasted that could be spent elsewhere. Perhaps it's a milestone age arriving next year that has triggered this feeling of wanting to turn back time. Not to my youth mind you, nothing silly like that, just to do things a little slower. To savour each painting I do so that Daily Painting means I've spent time at the easel and not that I've rattled a 6" x 6" off in a day. To sketch read, art books and magazines instead of facebook newsfeeds, to feel like an artist again. It doesn't mean I'll disappear never to be heard of again, I will pop into facebook and I'll still share my blog, just bigger spaces in!