The Flower Shop
A change of environment necessitated a change of painting style – the hill top white villages of Southern Spain forced me into straighter lines and a different colour palette.
A few examples from the recent series of works.
The Blue Door
The Red Chair
Autumn in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Overlooking Glasgow University on an Autumn day – oil on canvas 60x80cms.
On the Easel
A new size (40x80cms) and a bolder more simple brushstrokes in the first of a series of 5
A well known location of Skipness towards the north of Arran and Lochranza
‘Ferness’ (Local Hero – the movie)
Arguably the best Scottish movie ever made, directed by Bill Forsyth, ‘Local Hero’ tells the story of a USA oil company wanting to buy a small hamlet on the coast to develop as an oil terminal.
Set in the fictitious hamlet of ‘Ferness’ which actually was the village of Pennan on the east coast and the beach of Camusdarach on the west coast as the director could not find a location that met both his needs visually.
So the mythical ‘Ferness’ existed only on screen which is why I attempted, with a bit of artistic license, to create the place we could only see in the movie.
If you look hard enough you will find the famous telephone box.
If you haven’t seen the movie – it’s a gem.
Off to Texas, USA
‘Carsaig Bay’Knapdale – looking out across the Sound of Jura to the top end of Jura (where George Orwell lived and completed his novel 1984) on a sunny afternoon. A favourite spot of mine with the advantage of the Inn at Tayvallich nearby.
Bought from a Gallery in Edinburgh and shipped over to Texas.
‘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
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!