Walking and Drawing, Cairngorms, Scotland, Part 1

fractured not disassociated edges of chaos Heading up through Glen Tilt we found piles of old logs and bare wood, massive tyre tracked and gouged layers of mud. A brief glimpse of a spotted woodpecker? Gradually heading uphill over mossy ground with open aspects over the winding river below and to the snow covered tops …

Dogen’s white heron poem: a Zen commentary by John Fraser

I have been thinking quite a bit recently about the mindset and visuals of Japanese Waka/Tanka and (the shorter, short song) of Haiku which came later. By good fortune at Zazen recently, during his Kusen my friend John Fraser recited and talked about this poem by Soto Zen Master Dogen Zenji (1200-1253), which takes the …

Tracks, trails, omens

Has been a long winter in Scotland and have been out through various trails. Wandering through these half forgotten, foggy forestry roads in the hills. Spider webs and open voids, condensed silence shattered by heavy wingbeats. Have been thinking more about Matsuo Basho, and Ryokan’s roaming too and mountain living. dreams lost in the grasses, …

Artist Book – ‘Grey Torn Alloy and Other Exerpts’

Have been pretty busy with exhibition prep not to mention an artist book I started to develop a wee while ago and had to get really stuck in to get it finished. This is the first time to self publish and has opened up plenty of new creative possibilities and the process of investigating bindings …

Climbing Goat Fell and into the Western hills of Arran

roast chicken and arran brie still sea signpost east route supply structures winding ascent moving quickly fresh burn water not a soul or bird in sight through the rockline getting tired need food goat fell summit sudden wind and jagged torn rock vista food stop lying low following companions wild goat and animal howls no …