Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Amber, painting progress and final...

So this is the first painting I have done in a LONG time, Amber, my wee pudding of a niece.  I started it when I first came home from Dublin.  I did it over several weeks, on and off, but condensing that time down, I’d say it took 2 weeks.

You can see the changes it went through.  It was an extremely frustrating piece to do.  Probably partly because I haven’t painted in such a long time and it became over worked.  I had more or less re-painted the same thing about 5 times.  I went through a horrible period of being on the verge of completion, then scrubbing out the eyes and starting the whole thing more or less from the beginning.  Painting over what I had done.  So unbelievably frustrating.  I got to a point where I really did have to just stop.  I can’t say I’m absolutely pleased about the finish, actually, unfortunately here, the images don’t represent best what it actually looks like.  Pretty much because of the light changing as I took the photos throughout the painting period, but I’m moving on to start a 2nd piece, for this coming BP Award at the Mall Galleried, (lessons learned!)  I’ll keep posting progress…

The final!...

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Some skecthes from the last few months...

Bookmark! Literary Festival for Blairgowrie, Perthshire and the Glens

Mid October, I was part of Bookmark, a literary festival held throughout Blairgowrie, Perthshire and the Glens.  Fantastic festival, was such a success and I was so proud to be part of the festivals first year, and already discussing exciting new ideas for Bookmark’s second year.  

This was a project that started from a suggestion of, “shall we organise a festival for Blair?”kind of idea.  With a main core of three, powered by my friend, Christine Findlay, this single suggestion become a reality within a year and not only was this festival hugely successful and had some really notorious writers taking part, it was a first for the organisers involved who had never created anything or hosted anything quite like this.  So inspirational, having partially witnessed this from a seed of an idea to actually taking part and meeting the other authors and visitors and seeing this, Bookmark, become reality.  Brilliant!
Below here are some drawings of writer, performer, artist Liz Lochead. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

So.  Sky Arts series, Portrait Artist of The Year is now been shown on the Sky Arts and Sky HD Channels.  Be sure to check it out.  All heats were held in Glasgow, London Cardiff and Dublin.  You can see me in the Dublin heats!

Below was my entry for the application.  I have to say, a pretty rough piece!  Left-handed and a bit of an awkward pose.  Mostly due to the positioning of the mirror on my lap, getting the right light, setting it up in the right angle, not having sufficient furniture in the flat to position said mirror and art materials and paper.  But also wanting to watch Most Haunted on the laptop.

Just to add to this, you can check out a clip, featuring myself and Pauline McLynn from the Sky Arts Portrait artist of the Year, here:

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year: Pauline McLynn