Abernethy Part 3 – Cairngorm mountain at night

The final Abernethy post – a speedy drawing trip up Cairn Gorm munro at midnight, looking out into the deep blue midsummer twilight sky and hill shapes. There were some good stories and laughs on this outing! The music in the driving clip we were listening to was the Billy Bragg & Wilco album “Mermaid …

Outdoor Installation Artwork (Abernethy Part 2)

Whilst at Abernethy in the Cairngorms area I made some land art work with a combination of metal, card and also found materials which I salvaged near the river bed. It was really enjoyable and a challenge working in this forested contained environment (midge infested, still itchy thinking about it!), moving quickly to combine the …

Abernethy Art Trip 2012 – Part 1

‘Twas an excellent trip up north in the Cairngorms and Aviemore area again this year with the Hamilton College Art Department – very energising, artistically productive and lots of laughs too (mostly at each other, and there was some lazy gentry to paint for too, as well as a sudden escape off Cairn Gorm mountain …

Into the Atlantic Ocean to Oban and Colonsay on the Waverley

At the end of last week I sailed on the famous Waverley for the first time, the last ocean going paddle steamer, with my pal Bruce Peter, writer and maritime expert, who showed me the ropes and the etiquette – namely enjoy! Was a great trip, starting early and slowly with a few cuppas as …

Cycling and sketching outdoors – heading East

Taking advantage of the fabulous weather last week, I got on my bike with pannier bag loaded with drawing and camera equiptment, plus the essential flask of ice cold coffee, and headed through the parks, along the rivers and through the industrial areas of the East End of the Glasgow. I didn’t quite know what …

Humming wind through metal, Cairngorms walking and artwork

curving cloud whisps , crumbling embattlements , thin brown steel straight and low , under the horizon cutting space , hum , fresh breeze clear skies , unreal machines whizzing by crow wing , silver-grey-blue biege mud , biege puddles , shadow-lines no signs , below the sheep-line , slow ascent tubes and pipes , …

Mountain poetics and sculpturing forms

These exerpts are from my recent trip to Rannoch Moor, working a bit more abstractly with the forms, all practice that I plan to keep developing… and will aim to bring in a different sound element. This is all unedited but may become part of the growing mix of work, including drawings and paintings too, …

Between Lochaber and the Cairngorms

During the warm spell I made some work for the first time in Rannoch Moor, taking the popular and thoroughly enjoyable West Coast Railway (otherwise known to some as the Hogwarts Express!) from Glasgow Queen Street Station, which runs up to Mallaig. My large rucksack was full of gear ready for sculptural work and photography …

‘Suibokuga’ ink landscape joint pieces

These works are joint-pieces, landscape project wide scroll like artworks by students I have worked with. The first piece was made at my studio in winter and the second was made on the inspiring Abernethy annual art excursion (Hamilton College) to the Cairngorms area, where I am fortunate to enjoy making artwork and doing some …

Wandering along the edge of the North West

I’ve been out with my camera walking and looking at new sites not too far from Glasgow and trying to get some good atmospheric shots with my SLR. The phone camera shots here are a good memory trigger for later to get ideas going for sketchbook work and generally remembering the sights and sounds, the …