Thursday, 30 April 2020

Ben Nevis Emerging (2) The Process

And following my previous post showing the process of painting the first of the 'Mountains and Mist, Scotland' series, here's a short video of 'Ben Nevis Emerging (2)'. So once again, turn up the sound, plug in your headphones, click full screen mode on the video and enjoy Ben Nevis, Emerging ....


To view the original pastel paintings click: Resipole Studios Gallery

To view signed, limited edition prints of the series click: Soulspace Gallery Shop

If you would like to to learn more about my painting techniques click: Online Tutorials

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Ben Nevis Emerging (1) The Process

Following my previous post, introducing the 'Mountains and Mist, Scotland' collection, I thought it would be nice to show you something of the 'journey' of the paintings. Here's a short video of the process of painting Ben Nevis Emerging (1) using soft pastels. Rather like the mountain, the painting gradually appears out of the mist. So turn up the sound, plug in your headphones, click full screen mode on the video and enjoy Ben Nevis, Emerging .....


To view the original pastel paintings click: Resipole Studios Gallery

To view signed, limited edition prints of the series click: Soulspace Gallery Shop

If you would like to to learn more about my painting techniques click: Online Tutorials


Friday, 13 March 2020

Mountains and Mist, Scoltland

For the last few years, I have travelled up to Scotland with my partner Jo and we have stayed at Watercolour Cottage in Ardgour on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The landscape is stunning in all its majestic wildness, particularly the passage over Rannoch Moor, through Glen Coe and of course the ever-changing form of Ben Nevis across Loch Linnhe. I have begun a series of work called 'Mountains and Mist', exploring the subtleties of landscape contours as they disappear and reappear through the swirling mists. I'm delighted to say that the first three of the series have been taken on by Resipole Studios & Art Gallery Nr. Strontian and will be on display there shortly. I'm looking forward to carrying on with the series, working from some dramatic and beautiful photographs taken during our visits to the area. I may also experiment with memory and imagination. Watch this space...


Misty Peaks, Glen Coe



Ben Nevis Emerging (1)



Ben Nevis emerging (2)

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Dark Stirrings (continued)

Following on from my last blog, here are some more dark stirrings painted in watercolour using mainly indigo with hints of other colours.






















Monday, 11 March 2019

Dark Stirrings

There are times in my life when I feel swamped by darkness for whatever reason - it may be triggered by current circumstances or it could be a 'dark night of the soul' that hopefully will pass. Thomas Moore wrote, (in his book with that title) that if you find yourself in the dark belly of the whale, all you can do is to be there and be carried by it. The other thing that he suggested was that you might find your own way of expressing it - whether it be through music, poetry or art, etc. Here are a few 'dark stirrings' from the belly of the whale....











Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Be Still

'Be Still' is my second piece following our trip to Iceland. Often the most profound landscapes are the quiet ones - those you have to be still in order to fully 'receive'. The title is taken from the words 'Be still and know that I am God' of course and looking at this beautiful and subtle landscape, I had the sense that God was in his heaven and all was right with the world. Since returning to the 'real world' after our trip, much has happened to challenge this but I will always have the painting and the memory to remind me.



Saturday, 5 January 2019

The Northern Lights

We have recently returned from a short break in Iceland where we were lucky enough to experience the Northern Lights. I have created my first pastel interpretation of them on black card and really enjoyed the ephemeral nature of the subject. Most of the pastel was applied to my fingers first and then to the surface which was a very subtle technique - echoing the way that the lights gradually emerged from a hint through to a dancing, intense display.