Trip to Noto Hanto peninsula, Ishikawa Ken

The towering Niou guardians upon entering the thousand year old Myoujoji Temple (Nichiren Shu), on the West side of Noto. Sacred rocks and shinto shrine, brief stop on the road north towards Wajima.. Lunch stop restaurant had its own guardian, a slightly plump dragon with a chainsaw, sculpting a mushroom. Pic on right was the …

Journey to Tokyo from Glasgow by jumbo jet and shinkansen

After arriving in Japan I had a couple of weeks to prepare the works, organise mounting, liaise with Gallery 80 and develop my self-styled ‘black box’ multimedia construction. Time was pressing but with lots of kind and well timed help we had everything organised. Special thanks to Aki-san, Tanaka Shin-san, and gallery visitor turned assistant …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Drawing at sea on the Waverley

With all the speedy intense movements and rhythms in the ship’s engines to work from, it was good fun sketching loosely with the coloured pens in the sketchbook, using various colour combinations with lots of markers in my pockets to use, some funky and others more atmospheric, and experimenting with compositions as well. Here are …