Thursday, 22 February 2018

January storm, Newark, Deerness

January storm, Newark, Deerness
size: 48cm square (68.5 cm square inc. frame)
oil monotype and chalk on paper

Monday, 12 February 2018


Sand O' Wright beach in Hoxa, 07/02/18, on a biting cold afternoon.

Last week I was invited to be a guest judge for the Orkney Camera Club. I've judged for them before a few years ago and yet again I found it really interesting to see how differently everybody interpreted the brief. Judging forced me to activate the analytical, art critic part of my brain, an area which feels out of practice since leaving art school (a somewhat shocking) 8 years ago this year. 

Whilst looking at all their images I realised that I hardly take photographs anymore, certainly not with a creative slant. Mostly I use photography to assist my memory and sketches in order to create art work. I rarely take photographs just for the sake of taking them. Consequently this means I've largely forgotten how to use my camera beyond the basic Auto settings and my manual cameras haven't been touched for a couple of years. 

I'd like to change this. A little shake up is good for creativity and if nothing else it will be fun.

It's also good to take some time out to doodle with no purpose or expectations. I always find pebbles lend themselves beautifully to fun, little studies or experimentations in mark making. Something may develop from it, but it's ok if it doesn't. It's just good to draw.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

mirror in the sand

"mirror in the sand" 
 Sand O' Wright beach, Hoxa
size: 30.5cm square (34 cm square inc. box frame)
oil on canvas


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

lonely cloud

"lonely cloud"
size: 41.8 x 14.8cm (61.5 x 34.5cm inc. frame)
oil on card


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

yesnaby contours

"Yesnaby contours"
size: 47.5cm square (69cm square inc. frame)
black india ink and chalk pastel on paper

Monday, 27 November 2017

hoxa shore

"Hoxa shore"
size: approx 60 x 80cm framed (I can't remember exactly, sorry!)
acrylic ink and chalk pastel on paper

Here's a large drawing I produced back in June. I see I completely forgot to upload it here during the summer.

Apologies for the radio silence. It has been a difficult year, for a variety of personal reasons, and although I kept day to day things running at the gallery throughout the summer, producing new artwork eventually fell by the wayside. There are only so many things one can keep on top of without completely burning out. 

Now that the gallery has closed for the winter season and I've had a small rest, I'm back in the studio working away on new things. My space has been reorganised (always necessary for a fresh start) and I already have three new pieces nearly ready to share. I also have a new (and hopefully exciting!) creative development in the pipeline which I shall share in due course.

Monday, 3 July 2017

trail to Eynhallow, Aikerness beach

"trail to Eynhallow, Aikerness beach"
size: approx. 60 x 80cm framed
chalk pastel on paper