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.