Week 1 @ Cambo Gardens

Here are some sketches from my first week or so at Cambo – see previous post about my residency or in my newsletter number 6 – a link is attached on my About Me page of this website. The weather is everything when working outside because I sit still and look, and look, for many minutes or maybe even hours because that is what it is all about for me.  So I have been wrapped up in layers of clothes and even fingerless gloves. The bare winter trees, springing into life after the winter, and the bright spring bulbs are just looking fabulous at the moment. These mixed media sketches below may be developed further into new pieces or oil paintings in time for my exhibition at Cambo in the early autumn. I like the contrast between the greys of the dead wood and the fresh colours of new growth. I have seen quite a bit of birdlife too including tree sparrows, blue tits, jackdaws, buzzards, bumble bees and also a butterfly – flying too fast to identify.

Pittenweem Art Festival

Towards Kilrenny Kirk. 20 x 20cm, oil on canvas. based on a sunset observed over a field of winter wheat, on the Eastt Neuk coast.

I’m very pleased and excited to be exhibiting at the Pittenweem Art Festival in the lovely harbour town in Fife this year for the first time. Opening night is 4th August and it runs for nine days until 13th. If you haven’t been before, check out the website below to see what it is all about – well worth a visit. Less than 1 week to go!

Pittenweem Art Festival

Lots of New Work to show

I have been busy lately and have some new oils and watercolours to be shown at my upcoming open studios. I will post pictures of them all after the exhibition, but here are a couple to whet the appetite!

Crail Church, small 20 x 20cm oil on canvas.
Sunsetting at Tentsmuir, with snow on the ground. Watercolour on paper, around 30 x 20cm.

up close

The exhibition of artwork resulting from my Artist in Residency at the Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig, has now ended. It was a very enjoyable experience for me and I have now sold six of the pictures. The remaining artwork is still for sale if you would like to get in contact with me. A big thank you to the staff who were very helpful during the residency.

Polar bear, watercolour on khadi paper, 30cm x 30cm. SOLD

A Bird in the Land

I am working towards my next exhibition as part of a larger exhibition of the Creative Cairngorms group. Glass artist Anne Bridgen and I are working on the themes of birds and landscapes for our joint display. My work will include new drawings and paintings and one or two mixed media pieces, all of which are based on observation, sketches or photographs I have made when out and about.

The exhibition runs from 7th – 15th November 2015 at The Iona Gallery, Kingussie, in the Cairngorms National Park. Further details to follow.

bird detail