The Haggis Party, Pen and Watercolour on Paper
My latest few blogs are collections of art on specific themes. Certain themes recur almost without thinking. So these blogs are a kind of sketch book for me or mini exhibitions. (Apologies in advance for my poor photography of some of the images.)
Tinto Hill here in South Lanarkshire with its distinctive profile, is a daily view and over the past three years has shown up repeatedly in my art in cartoons, drawings and paintings.
Tinto is a hill with history.
Birth of the Clydesdale Oil on Canvas 100 x 150 cm The Clydesdale Horse originates from the farms at the base of Tinto. In this large painting, bleak winter weather storms over Tinto as the powerful Clydesdale horse blows in on the winter wind. Painted with copper and gold acrylic paint and overlaid with oil paint to create what I hope is an atmospheric painting.
When Dreams Fly Available as a print, £20/£30 The saying ‘If Wishes Were Horses, pure men would ride’ was first collected by 1676 by James Carmichael. The Carmichael Estate is at the base of Tinto. This drawing is part of a series of artworks based on the expression. The dandelion clock is another recurring image in my artwork. blog here
.A Magical Moon A unicorn stands at the top of the hill. The Unicorn is the symbol of Scotland. Original drawing available Link to this and more original unicorn drawings here
‘On Tintock Tap’ Detail Detail Detail On Tintock Tap there is a mist And in that mist there is a kist And in that kist there is a caup And in that cup there is a drap Tak’ up the cup drink aft the drap And Set up camp on Tinto Tap Pencil on Paper Original Artwork Available Decoding the rhyme – blog here
The Dream A girl gets ready to ride up a mountain. Never stop dreaming or attempting to climb mountains! Pencil on Paper Original Artwork Available
Blessings Available as a black and white hand signed and titled print £20/30 Angel seeds, angel wishes, hope and life.
Nineteen Corvids Drawn during lockdown for an exhibition in Lanark Available as a hand signed and titled print £20/£30 blog here
The Wishing Tree This painting portrays trees and dandelion clocks and another recurring theme that of horse trees. Mixed Media on Canvas Available
The Haggis Party Ink and Watercolour A bit of daft fun. Harris’s Haggises! Framed Original Available
Horse Landscape Acrylic on Canvas This framed painting is oil on copper so changes in the light. It is much more interesting in the flesh than in the photo. Available
Make Moosic Pen and Ink Link to this and other original cow drawings Blog Power of Cow – here
If Witches Were Horses Available as a print £20/£30
The poster for an exhibition I organised in Lanark. I have been working over the past few years with The Tolbooth Lanark to bring together artists in this rural area and create a vibrant art scene. The idea for this is based on Hokusai’s famous portfolio 36 Views of Mount Fuji.
The Path Oil on Canvas 100 x 150 cm Very loosely based on a Hokusai print. I keep doing more work on this painting, so although framed who knows if it is actually finished! Available
If you are interested in any of the artwork in this blog please don’t hesitate to contact me.