Monday, 19 January 2015

It's been a while!

It's been quite a while since my last post, must try harder. I haven't been slacking though, things have been quite hectic at times. At the beginning of October we had a fire in the raku shelter which resulted in a total loss of all our Raku gear. the insurance is now sorted out and we are waiting for some decent weather to rebuild and replace the gear.

The Aftermath.

In November we had a couple of weeks in Mexico, I managed some sketching but not a lot, it was mainly a chill out holiday plus swimming with turtles and visits to a few cultural sites, Chichen Itza and Tullum Ruins. A brilliant relaxing trip.

Part of the Tullum Ruins.

I'm in the studio/gallery full time now so I'm managing to get to work on a few projects that I haven't had the time to do before and paintings from sketches done further afield.
Watendlath - Lake District

I'm still playing catch up and have paintings waiting to be done from : My Shetland and Fair Isle Trip in May, East Coast Sailing Trip from Lossiemouth to Chatham with Elite Sailing, a Lake District Trip from June and my Scottish West Coast Sailing Trip aboard the restored Brixham Trawler "Leader" with Trinity Sailing. A busy few months ahead.

I'm developing a range of pencil sketches based on my field sketchbooks, below are a few recent ones.
Cottage at Carrbridge

Into the Lairig Ghru.

End of Thirlmere - Lake District

I've also being producing a few bird paintings and drawings from my photographs and field sketches ready for a spring exhibition at the gallery.
Merganser - River Spey

Goldeneye - Loch Alvie

At Christmas I did a painting of Abby, the little companion we lost earlier in the year. It got tears on Christmas morning but is well liked.

The weather here in Carrbridge is snowy and about -10 degrees c so I've been doing a few winter watercolours.
Riverside Cottage, Ellan Carrbridge

Moody's Cottage - Carrbridge.

Anyway that's all for now but I will try to be more regular with my posts. I think I've said that before.

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