In search of my dad’s secret Scottish bridge

August 31, 2018

This story starts with a murder…. The murder of an artist in Dorothy L Sayers novel ‘Five Red  Herrings’. Set in Galloway in Scotland this murder mystery tale uses real locations around Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet, Newton Stewart and

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Painting on the cliff tops

May 6, 2018

The track led through the village. There was a stile and a footpath.  I followed it carefully over rocks and around the corner.  Where I came face to face with huge long horned cows and their guardian bull.  They

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Inspiration. Where does it come from?

May 1, 2018

I was on a quiet winding road through the hills.  No traffic.  Around every corner and hair pin bend there was a babbling brook, a bank of ferns, and trees coming into leaf.  How do you paint such a

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Mallett in Muxia

April 29, 2018

It’s the other end of the earth.  They are 20 miles apart.  And pilgrims tend to have a favourite. Finisterre for the Lighthouse and cape.  Muxia for the Chapel and the waves.  It is relentless, with the sea smashing

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Hard at work in his slippers

April 25, 2018

He was sharpening a blade.  A massive blade.  Done sort of machete.  And he was sitting there in his slippers!  I was absolutely fascinated by his absorption in his job with no thought of health and safety. So I

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Blokes at the bar

April 18, 2018

I needed a cuppa and a piece of tortilla.  I stopped at the bar and sat down to refresh.  And standing at the bar were a group of friends putting the world to rights. It was such an easy

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Pamplona painting

April 10, 2018

I always ask the nice people at the tourist office what their favourite view of their city might be. In this case they did along the city walls…  So that’s where I headed. I set up paints, brushes and

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The cycling artist pedals and paints

March 19, 2018

Inspiration is everywhere.  It’s not hard to see it or to register it.  It is hard to do and do something about it.  Sometimes I just have to sit in the moment and do it. Here I saw the

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Timmy finds his way to World heritage site

March 18, 2018

We all do this when we get somewhere impressive.  First thing we do is get out the camera, or in my case the paints.  On a bike tour/pilgrimage you find yourself in unusual places, and Mont St-Michel is no

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Portrait presentation

March 11, 2018

I’ve enjoyed the challenge of working on this portrait. Canon Michael Smith of York Minster is the subject and I’ve put him by the altar in his vestments. I presented it to him at whitewall gallery, York who framed

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