Developing and connecting drawings, paintings, contours…

The drawings have been coming together more lately. Lines, textures, overlapping transparent hues… I’m continuing to search for links between different elements and techniques – working directly from looking at structures and places, making rubbings, markmaking blind or semi-blind – there are a lot of crossovers in the work just now which gets my brain …

Working on new artist film projects

With the Tokyo Omotesando show coming up, I’ve been working with several parallel visual and sound ideas, one strand is the abstract film stuff which has been fun and absorbing and which I hope to exhibit alongside the drawings – after eventually pulling Traces together, which seemed to take months, I have been working on …

Working on the coast, South Uist

It was great to be out around the quiet lands, lochs and coasts of the Outer Hebrides, there was a lot to get into photography wise and with drawing and markmaking. There was a good spell of weather, with a lull in the usual westerly winds and salty spray, which was ideal for spending time …

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 …

More images recollected from Arran trip

Found this Calmac staff member supervising the ferry traffic as we drove aboard at Brodick… I stupidly thought these sheep were actually grazing on the Corrie harbour pier, however we realised they were for tying up boats after the nearby seal drying itself on the rock turned out to be another humorously crafted fake by …

Curves and lines on crumbling concrete and rusting metal

I began the day with some cycling and walking, and after being silently passed by a long old fashioned canal boat skippered by a man or a collie ( couldn’t quite tell which) I got to a thinking at the spot for a working. Then into combining and using the various materials with the sketchy …

Sketches for outdoor installation/ sculpture

These were initial line drawing sketches and ideas for continuing this year’s series of ever expanding outdoor works, which seem to have a momentum of their own! I don’t always pre plan works this much, but here I was working through the sketchy vision gradually to try and come up with a visual starting point …

Summer walks in the leafy green rain

Although it has been pretty wet and cool in Scotland recently, I’ve been walking in and out of Glasgow. The colours are often intensified as the light becomes subdued under the heavy skies, so the atmospheres are literally quite close, humid, with dripping greens emerging out of dark shadows… Was out one day around my …