Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Northern Ireland

Just back from my annual trip to Northern Ireland, to gather material for my forthcoming solo show in London in February next year.

As usual, the weather was wonderfully mixed - rainy one minute, glorious sun the next.  It made for some spectacular contrasts and amazing clouds in the sky.

Here's the coast at Rinagree, between Portstewart and Portrush.

The view across to Inishowen in Ireland.

From the Cliff Walk, Portstewart.

Walking down to the Giant's Causeway.

White Park Bay.

After a heavy shower of rain, the whole of the sea between Ballintoy and Rathlin Island suddenly lit up as a long, low rainbow.

The sight was so amazing and intense, that cars stop at the side of the road to look.  It looks very soft and unimpressive in photos, but in real life it was earily strange and beautiful, and very bright.  The sight of it dominated the landscape.

More tomorrow.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Heading for London

I've got a new selection of work heading to Duncan R Miller Fine Art in London for the autumn.

Here's are some of my paintings which will be arriving there next week.

Gorse at Flamborough Head (Oil on linen, 20 x 30)

Moonlit Shore, Whitby (Oil on linen, 20 x 30)

Bluebells (Oil on linen, 16 x 16)

Calendula in Bloom (Oil on linen, 12 x 12)

Setting Sun, Tower Bridge from Bermondsey (Oil on linen, 16 x 16)

Tower Bridge at Dusk from Bermondsey (Oil on linen, 12 x 12)

Monday, 24 August 2015

The Change of the Seasons

There comes a day, every year, when you walk out in the morning, the whiskers twitch, and you smell something different is in the air.  

That smell is autumn, and today was that day.

To mark that, here is a photo that I took of a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  I'll leave you to guess who it's by.


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Lily Ponds at Kew

Down in a muggy London for the preview of the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at the Tate, I took the opportunity to go to Kew to photograph the lily ponds there as further material for my London show next year.

Here's some of the photos from a swelteringly hot Waterlily House, and the Princess of Wales Conservatory.  The waterlilies are only viewable during the summer months when they flower, the plants being cleared away completely during the winter.

I liked the reflections of the panes of glass from the roof upon the surface of the water, which gave a lovely contrast of the geometric lines, the soft organic circles of the plant leaves, and the delicate stems and curving tendrils.  It's a very sensual environment.

Beautifully subtle and unusual colours, and a certain mysterious quality to the plants as they appear through the surface of the water or float on the top.  With the interplay of reflections of the plants and the sky, there are many different complex layers and depths.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Lily Ponds, Edinburgh

Out again to take some more photos for work for my solo show next year in London.

I've been to the glasshouses in the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh to look at the theme of lilies. I like the geometric reflections of the panes of glass in amongst the organic shapes of the water plants.

They have a giant amazonian lily flowering at the moment, with huge lily pads with cabbage-red edges.

Lovely subtle metallic colours...

And a few cheeky wee goldfish...

Of course, Edinburgh Botanic Gardens is host to the spectacular Amorphophallus Titanum, the world's largest and smelliest flower.  

Wow! here it is in its natural habitat, looking truly magnificent...

Taken by a photographer in Rejang Land, south west Sumatra highland, Indonesia.
published by kind permission of Tun Jang.


What a pity it was slightly past its best when I saw it...

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

A Painting in its New Home

It's always good to find out what happens to my paintings after I sell them.

So here's a photo of a painting in situ which I was very kindly sent by its new owner (thank you Hayley!).

It was bought as a special present for someone who works in the shipyards - the painting is 'Shipbuilding on the Clyde', and shows HMS Duncan, the last type 45 destroyer built on the Clyde, under construction.

Here it is in its new home, fitting in perfectly.

She tells me how thrilled they are to have it.  I'm thrilled too, as it gives me a lot of pleasure to know that.