Friday, 23 September 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Little Paintings of North Berwick

Here's another collection of little unframed canvasses.  This time, they're all Scottish coastal scenes, of the east coast around North Berwick, and the west coast near Morar.

These are both from the beach at Tyninghame.

Don't they look great in a group?

They're all off to the Cambridge Art Fair with the Lime Tree Gallery.  You can see what else is going to the fair HERE.

Hare Today...

...and gone tomorrow. Literally.

Remarkably, another of my paintings has turned up for auction at McTears.  This time it's a watercolour called Leaping Hare, from 25 years ago.  I hope it's had a happy life for the last quarter century with its owner.  I sold the painting back in October 1991, and it certainly doesn't look faded at all. 

It's going under the hammer in the Interiors sale tomorrow (Friday 23rd) at 10.30am.  I guess it will go for pretty much nothing.

Back in 1991, I worked as a typist in the mornings, and one of the ways that I got practise painting was to go round to various places in Glasgow in the afternoon.  I had my big folder full of paper and a camping stool to sit on, and a rucksack full of watercolours, pens and pastels.

My favourite places were the Botanic Gardens in the west end, where I painted the orchids and sketched the marble statues in the Kibble Palace, and Kelvingrove. There, I got a sketching permit and went from department to department, painting the stuffed animals and items from the ethnography department, as well as copying paintings and sketching statues.  I also got permission to draw items from the basement, such as animal skeletons and other taxidermy items.  I painted and drew everything I could find. 

This leaping hare was one of the taxidermy items.  I also did a smaller, sleeker version. 

Well, hullo again hare, and goodbye!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Spoilt for Choice...

Not only do I have my solo show opening this weekend at the Lemond Gallery in Bearsden, but it's also come to my attention that three of my paintings are coming up for sale at McTears Auctions in Glasgow this weekend.

They are appearing in the Scottish Contemporary Art Auction on Sunday 18th September at 1pm.  Here they are - click on the lot numbers for links to the auction house website.

This is Lot 71, Calm Sea, St Ives (oil on linen, 24 x 26).  It's a scene of dawn over the harbour.

This is Lot 80, Orange and Pink Moorland (oil on linen, 24 x 26)

This is Lot 91, Blue Sky, Bass Rock (Oil on linen, 20 x 20)

Thank you... everyone who came and saw my paintings at the Affordable Art Fair at Bristol!  Thank you all for your kind comments.  

Next art fair is Cambridge at the Guildhall, Market Square, on 30 September - 2 October.  I'll be showing with the Lime Tree Gallery on Stand E3.  

Contact the gallery for a free ticket to the fair at

Thursday, 8 September 2016

On Stand at the Affordable Art Fair, Bristol

Here's my paintings in all their glory on the Lime Tree Gallery E9 Stand at the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol, which opens to the public tomorrow.

At the top at the back we have Sunlight on Red Fields, Argyll, Burn in Spate, Argyll and Glen Lochy - all oil on linen, 32" x 40", and in some rather splendid minimalist frames.  I think you'll agree that they make quite a splash on the stand!

Here's another view of the stand.  Looking fabulous up at the top is Narcissi in Bluebell Woods, Dalkeith, along with a selection of little paintings of North Berwick and Northern Ireland 
The fair is open from 11am until 8pm tomorrow (Friday), and 11am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

More information on the fair HERE.  

And if you can't make it to the fair, you can view all the paintings and see how they're selling HERE!