‘Last Man Standing’ – 8th Ave, New York
Oil on Canvas, 29×48″
A regular ‘pilgrimage’ for me when I am in New York is a visit to 723 8th Avenue to see a solitary fragment of 3 buildings sitting alone on an empty block – doubtless waiting their fate of demolition in preparation for another towering skyscraper.
Hence I was determined to capture the scene before this view was lost forever.
As an ‘artwork’ in their own right, they give a hint of what the street would have looked like many years ago – full of colour and character, the Celtic Pub being quite magnificent with its open roof, sculptures and colourful facade reminiscent of the buildings on the Grand Canal in Venice.
However, all is not lost!
Last visit to Manhattan showed the pile drivers on site pounding away but, more importantly,
on the site hoarding an architect outline on the mighty and spectacular tower block soon to appear – SURROUNDING the three buildings- no less.
Now my visits will have a ‘shrine’ to worship at – a sacred piece of heritage preserved!
Thank God (just continuing the religious metaphor!)
Sunday Afternoon in Central Park, New York
Just in its finishing stages, 32×40″ in its frame – Oil on canvas.
I have always been fascinated by the huge rocks in Central Park and the contrast of the peace and tranquility of the Park with the view of the stunning City skyscape. The two girls sitting and contemplating the view were probably doing what the Native American Indians did many years ago – without the buildings, of course!
On the Easel
ON THE EASLE – 3 PAINTINGS OF 3 BEACHES
Underway with my first triptych – the beach on Gigha across three canvases 32″x38″. Also moving on to a 5 panel painting just to see how it works! Still haven’t found out what you call a five panel painting!
Missing Girl Found
‘MISSING’ GIRLS FOUND
Following the search on local media friends soon identified the two girls prominently featured pulling their sledges in the snow – Jane and Rose from Glasgow’s West End. For Christmas they were presented with a copy of the painting by Stag Gallery owner Cameron Reid in Buchanan Galleries.
Off to California
An ex-pat living in San Francisco remembered the happy memories of the West Coast of Scotland and particularly the Isle of Mull – so one of my ‘signature’ pieces was acquired and winged its way with the help of UPS to its new home overlooking the Bay.
Lovely to think of it hanging there!
‘Sunday in the Park with Snow’ 30×40″ oil on canvas (Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow)
Originally painted for my Christmas card, the new Stag Gallery in Buchanan Galleries wanted to feature it in their window in the run up to Christmas. The idea then came up that it would nice to try and find the little girl featured in the painting and hence the ‘Who’s that Girl?’ quest was launched and the media responded with Glasgow Live, among others, putting the search on-line. Within a day, friends had spotted the story and a proud mum let us know who she was – as it turned out both the mum and the girls’ sister were also in the painting allowing us to have a signed and framed Giclee print ready in time for the family as a Christmas present from the Gallery and myself.