14 May 2017

PAUSE and then press PLAY

I am always thinking about art, whether I am doing any in practice or not. Always seeing something in the landscape that would make a nice picture, patterns, shadows and handsome trees (not to mention the odd quizzical looking sheep).
My day job takes me all over the northern Highlands, covering large chunks of NC500 every week – so I travel through some fantastic scenery and miles of inspiration. But I found that, in addition to a perceived “lack of time and energy” I reached a state of inertia - with so many ideas, where do I begin?

Whilst envisaging this new journey, as if I needed some extra encouragement, I was asked to do a couple of workshops, write an article for a well known artists magazine and exhibit in a new local gallery – all out of the blue and within the space of a week ! So with both the inspiration & the incentive I better get on with it……and change the title of this post from Pause to Play!

Getting on with it in my new studio (happy)

New action photo for an updated bio (copyright Henry !)

23 Apr 2017


Only a few days after my last blog post everything began to change, but at last I’d say things are getting back to normal and I have begun to find some time (energy) to get back to my artwork.

Titus’s last chase of the ball, before we turned back from the beach, ended in a dislocated wrist and ruptured ligaments. Henry drove across the river to rescue us and we haven’t been back since. After 2 months in a splint, 2 months of hydrotherapy, major surgery and a total of 8 months wearing a lampshade, Mr T is slowly building up his muscles and inching his way back to the beach.

In the meantime, we moved into the fabulous new house that Henry built, box by box, every weekend for a few months. Every box full of memories, goodies and “stuff” that we had managed to live without for the last 4 years. It was like a prolonged Christmas.
Filling my new studio was amazing. On a Sunday evening I would sit just looking at it for ages, in awe of having my own space to work in. Henry was rewarded with putting his books (1500 of them) onto shelves for the first time in decades. And as for kitchen “stuff” – well, I had forgotten how much cooking I used to do,  and now love messing about in the kitchen again creating culinary delights.
Operation “cushion” lasted a while too – excited by being reunited with my fabric box, I made a grand total of 8 cushions, covered a chair, made some roman blinds and set myself up to complete a number of “UFO’s” (including a bedspread I started 15 years ago).

So, not much painting but plenty of creativity over the last 9 months. Below is a completed commission: a “thankyou-for-mending-me” card from the patient to his surgeon.

24 Jul 2016

Island hopping

Well, not much painting achieved this month, but I have been on a little work-related adventure to Orkney. Not much time to take in the arty scene, so a return trip required soon!

"Goodbye Scrabster"

"Hello Stromness"

The Pier Art Centre on the left there asking for a visit next time!

To the left, a man with a harp at The Ring of Brogdar who seemed to be recording the sound of the wind as it played a beautiful tune all on it's own. Quite lovely to listen too, well it will be when he's edited out my sneezing !! To the right, some lovely Orkney clouds.............

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.Too late to see the wonderful Poppies, but rewarded with a natural light show inside

"Arrivals" at Kirkwall Airport - somewhat different to our Gatwick experience last month but huge compared to the garage-sized "arrivals/departures/store/air traffic control and rest room" we flew to next 

The large pictures behind the whiskey are made entirely of floor tiles - incredible work by Orkney artist, Sheila Scott

Off to Papa Westray via Westray - the pilot is asking if anyone is claustrophobic!

A certificate for our 2 minute flight between the Isles.....................