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Otter Beach to Skye

Otter Beach to Skye

Recently, I had the great privilege of spending a few days in a house on this beach. It’s so stunningly beautiful and peaceful, it’s hard to get sketching – time just trickles by. The house sits only a few feet from the tide’s edge and otters do drop by from time to time. I have the feeling I’m going to… Read more →

Birsay Rocks (2014)

Birsay Rocks (2014)

The shoreline at Birsay is a beautiful, relentless place.  The wind rarely dips below a gale, its howl drowning out all but the screaming gulls. As you look out to sea, salty air is thrown at your face, but it’s hard not to find yourself grinning out of the small gap in your hood. Sadly, Karen’s van is no longer… Read more →

Portrait of Love (2013)

Portrait of Love (2013)

I shy away from portraits, they’re famously tricky. Any half-decent art tutor will tell you that no subject is harder than any other. This is almost true.  All forms are just tones, shades and hues.  But the human form and especially faces have a special place in our brains. We have a heightened sensitivity to faces and so we are very prone… Read more →

Cup & Jug with fruit (2013)

Cup & Jug with Fruit (2013)

I’ve finished another still life of that Orcadian jug and cup, with fruit this time. I started it a few weeks ago and just kind of gave up.  My confidence waned and I didn’t feel like I could make any improvements.  I felt like I’d had all the lucky moments I was going to get. Today,  despite having a dreadful cold, … Read more →