I have had one of the large pastel drawings, 'Mourners,' framed to see how
it would turn out and am pleased with the result!
December 11th 2018.
I have rearranged the galleries, separating the Isle of Skye works into the years they were made. I have also created two new galleries for, firstly, work I made in Milton Keynes and the second for work made in Whitley Bay. I will add images to these galleries in due course.
February 8th 2019
Went to the new V&A museum in Dundee, to see the Ocean Liners exhibition. It was very good, though have some reservations about the internal design of the museum itself.
Also visited the city's McManus Art Gallery and Museum, which is a gem. If you like Glasgow's Kelvingrove, you'll love the McManus!
February 13th, 2019.
The images on 35mm transparencies, that I sent away to be digitised, have been returned so I have been able to add to the gallery of paintings that were made while I was in Milton Keynes.
I have also created a gallery containing examples of paintings and drawings that I made during my last two student years, immediately prior to moving to Milton Keynes.
April 12th 2019.
The painting I have just finished, ’De Paarse Lupinen,'
(the purple lupins) was inspired by a letter, written to friends in June 1943, by the writer Etty Hillesum from the Westerbork transit camp in The Netherlands.
An English translation, by Arnold J. Pomerans, can be found in, 'An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-43'
published by Persephone Books, London in 1999.
Etty Hillesum was murdered at Auschwitz in September 1943.
The Etty Hillesum Research Centre
, based in Middelburg, Netherlands, have placed an image of the painting on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Etty-Hillesum-Research-Centre-EHOC-188341044877/?
April 13th 2019.
There are now more images in the gallery, 'The Whitley Bay Years.' This morning it was sunny and calm (and there's no sign of midges yet!) so I was able to photograph these paintings outdoors.
July 20th 2019
Thanks to careful baggage handlers in Inverness and Schiphol, the painting ’De Paarse Lupinen’
is now safely in The Netherlands where it has been accepted as a gift by The Etty Hillesum Research Centre
The painting being handed over by me to Ruud Timmerman, Deputy Director of the centre.
As part of the trip, I am now in Osnabrück, Germany, where the Felix Nussbaum paintings, at the Daniel Libeskind designed museum, have exceeded my expectations.
May 3rd 2020.
Well. if gallery/museum visiting doesn't become an option again! .......I consider mysellf fortunate that. in recent times, I have seen exhibitions by George Bellows, Richard Diebenkorn, Felix Nussbaum, Pierre Bonnard and Charlotte Salomon.
June 16th 2020
Earlier this year I made two pastel drawings after watching work-people assembling the steel framework for the new hospital currently being built near where I live on the Isle of Skye.
The contractors for the project, Balfour Beatty, together with their customer, NHS Highland, liked what I had done and they have had facsimile images of the two drawings, together with explanatory text, printed on to exterior-quality boards.These have now been put on display at the entrance to the construction site.
September 3rd 2020
Bob Dow of Hub North of Scotland, the project development agency for the new hospital in Broadford, recorded an interview with me and has now placed it on their website and social media pages.
November 30th 2020
Just placed on YouTube is a travel-blog film about Kyle of Lochalsh
and Kyleakin which includes a short interview with me.
The producer is Jonathan Wheeler and the link to the film is https://youtu.be/Kz4WC73K110
Jonathan shares my enthusiasm for Kyle of Lochalsh!
Well worth looking at more of his excellent travel films on YouTube and at his website, www.travelobscurer.com
July 14th 2021
Six of my Kyle of Lochalsh pictures are now available as A3 size prints. Local company Strath Print have produced them for me on good quality board. Available are 'Spring Tide in...,' 'Above and Beyond...,' 'At This Moment in....,' Front End in...,' 'Another View of...,' and 'Getting Sorted in....Kyle of Lochalsh.'
Bargain priced at £10.00 each, unframed with free local delivery or can be collected. Additional charge for postal deliveries. Also available framed at £75.00 each.
September 17th 2021
I enjoyed a morning helping fellow artist Sarah Longley, sarahlongley.co.uk , at the primary school in Kyle of Lochalsh where she is getting the children to look at, draw and paint their surroundings. I showed the children two of my own pictures of Kyle and answered many perceptive questions! The children then had an introduction to acrylic paint and had produced a wonderful gallery of work by the end of the session. It would be hard not to be inspired by the spectacular views looking out through Kyle Primary's classroom windows.
September 20th 2021
Two of my pictures are included in this year's Lochalsh Art Fair, taking place at the newly opened 'Create' gallery in Kyle of Lochalsh.
October 8th 2021
Another morning with Sarah Longley and the wonderfully enthusiastic and creative children of Kyle Primary School.
May 29th 2022
A news update.....I have now both an Instagram account and an artist's Facebook page: both have the same address @sgregory.art
I have also become an 'artist!'......meaning officially an artist as far as the Inland Revenue are concerned as I have registered with them as a sole trader. This because of the success I had with sales of my work in the last year.
At the end of February this year I went to continental Europe for the first time since 2019. I travelled by train to Leipzig, Germany, stayed there for six nights, and had days out by train to other locations in that part of Germany. I visited the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau. In Halle I visited the Moritzburg Museum and also saw GDR era murals by Josep Renau and contemporary murals by Freiraumgalerie. I went to a small town called Schipkau to see a particular Holocaust memorial. In Dresden I visited the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister and The Albertinum and, back in Leipzig, the very wonderful MdbK Museum.
The trip provided lots of answers but raised many new questions, so I will be going again.
July 2nd 2022 Kyle Prints now on sale at Kyle Pharmacy and at The Cube Gallery Shop @Create
I am very pleased to say that my Kyle Prints are now on sale at two locations in Kyle of Lochalsh. Firstly, at the Right Medicine Pharmacy, and from their Right On The Corner Shop.
Secondly, at The Cube Gallery Shop @Create, on Station Road, opposite the base.
It is still also possible to obtain them directly from me but I am delighted that they are now readily available from outlets in the village.
There are eight pictures in the range at present with more to be added in the future. Printed locally by Strath Print, the prints are A3 size, are supplied in a board backed envelope and now cost £12.50 each.
of the many nice comments I have received about my Kyle pictures, this one is particularly special:
January17th 2023 Three of my paintings, depicting the early construction phases of Broadford Hospital, have been accepted as a gift from me by NHS Highland. They have now been placed on permanent display in the hospital’s reception area.
During the building work, facsimiles of two of these pictures were included in a presentation on a hoarding at the site entrance. I am very pleased that the original pieces are now housed in the completed building. The paintings were framed by Freedom Framery of Lochcarron.
February 15th 2023 I am honoured that a second of my paintings, titled ‘Constellation; artists, writers and pianist,’ has been accepted as a gift by the Etty Hillesum Huis in Middelburg, the Netherlands. The painting will now be part of the exhibition, about the life and work of the writer and diarist, which has been beautifully created in the house where she was born. It joins my painting, ‘De Paarse Lupinen,‘ which I took to Middelburg in 2019 and which is now displayed in the café at the centre. The staff and volunteers at the Etty Hillesum Huis warmly welcome all visitors, as they did me when I delivered the picture. However, it is particularly pleasing to know that both paintings are/will be used in the increasing education work that is being carried out. To learn more about Etty Hillesum and the Etty Hillesum Huis, see the website at ettyhillesumhuis.nl