Bass Rock

Bass Rock

I will forever think of this painting as my 'lockdown painting'. I started it at the beginning of lockdown (late March/early April), when everyone was at their most fearful, not knowing what this new illness was... locked away in our own homes and spaces. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed painting it, it took my thoughts away from the initial panic and loneliness of lockdown. This is a 'keep-sake' painting. The canvas is the largest I've worked on, 40 x 30 ins. I had bought it a few years back from a charity…continue reading →
St. Monans – Series of Colourist Paintings

St. Monans – Series of Colourist Paintings

A Series of Colourist Paintings of St. Monans. Currently I'm enjoying working with bright colours in a Colourist style. I'm planning on doing a series of these paintings inspired by the village of St. Monans, and the East Neuk. Fishing villages have a lovely collection of 'folksy', old, higgledy-piggedy cottages, many painted in bright, cheerful colours. Old rowing-boats, flowerpots, barrels, all filled with flowering plants add to the overall colour. An absolute delight on warm, summer days! The Auld Kirk is one of my favourite buildings in St. Monans. The Auld Kirkcontinue reading →
Colourful Fishing Boats

Colourful Fishing Boats

  These are my first attempts at painting fishing boats. I wanted to portray how colourful they look in the vastness of the sea. Also as an expressive artist, I especially like to use bright, playful colouring. I live in a lovely area, a small fishing village along the coast, where there are a series of fishing villages and coastal walks. I've only been here over a year, and I've become fascinated with the range of fishing boats in the harbours and out at sea. Its a tough life for the fishermen and…continue reading →
Gathering Storm

Gathering Storm

This is my first attempt at experimenting with palette knives. I recently attended a workshop with artist Susan Forsyth, who specialises in coastal paintings, very inspiring! I have tried sea-scapes before without much success, but using palette knives seemed to free me up, and allow the painting to take shape. I enjoyed the texture that was created with the knives, although I did find them harder to use than I thought I would. There's definitely a technique to using them, and I had to resist the desire or impulse to go over it…continue reading →