It's been a looooong time since my last blog . . . . . last September . . . .
All I'll say about 'lock down' is, I did lots of gardening and not a lot of artwork. I caught up on some printmaking, because it was easy to stop and restart that process while gardening. It took a global pandemic to get me printing an idea from my trip to the Shetland Isles in 2017!!
Now the planned artwork process is back underway. Before lock down, I'd completed the 'Scottish Lobster' painting from the 'coast and harbour' inspiration and had limited edition giclee prints made. The crabs were next, but I've been side tracked by all things 'blue.' Perhaps it was the weeks of fabulous weather, with blue skies, glittering blue sea and sightings of visiting dolphins in the bay, that put me off course. Whatever it was, my head was filled with blues:- ultramarine, Prussian, Phthalo and cobalt hues.
There are 4 large, (for me), canvas to paint. It's a daunting, yet exciting prospect. There are many things to consider before the paint ever touches the canvas. It will be a real mark-making challenge. I've long been intrigued by Aboriginal art from Australia, were marks and symbols, record stories and create maps, from when there was no written Aboriginal language.
The plan is to make various marks to create patterns expressing the theme of 'harbour as a safe haven.' Colour and pattern have already been explored on smaller pieces of paper. This now has to be scaled up onto 80x80cm canvas. Then there is how to introduce flow and movement into a work that features the sea. My head has been spinning while I consider all these aspects and try to plan my process. It won't be an instant, expressive-type, abstract work going on here!
Starting later this week, there will be updates on my Instagram and Facebook feeds, if you'd like to follow the progress of the processes involved creating this artwork.
With the recent changes to trading circumstances, I've taken a positive approach and adapted were I can-
My studio is now open at weekends, as conditions allow, until end of October, following Scottish Corona Virus guidelines. Masks/face coverings to be worn.
Open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. (card payments accepted)
101, Main Street, Port William, DG8 9SD
Drop in and say hello, if your passing.
Other opportunities to view/buy my artwork are at my new, secure, online store at
My work is also at the Artists and Makers Shop, Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 2HS
Open 10am – 4pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, until end of October.
Cherish your journey . . . . . even if it's a bumpy road . . . . stay well . . . .