Doodles in the margin from an artist living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Black and White

Some ongoing film noir work. Partly an exercise, partly for enjoyment, partly because I like fast dames and men in hats.

Murder My Sweet, 1944.

Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Double Indemnity, 1944.

Monday, 29 September 2014


It's going to be our first exhibition as the new (hosts? runners? managers? I refuse to say 'curators') of the Coldstream Gallery, and we're very excited by the artists and work we've got lined up to show.

I designed the new publicity material. The aim was to design something that people would want to keep. I don't know if it's that, but I like it.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Insanity Klaus

Klaus Kinski, as Aguirre, in Werner Herzog's film 'Aguirre, Wrath of God' an everyday tale of megalomania, incest and a raft full of monkeys.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Another painting

Frosty sunrise from the train north of Berwick. Oil on canvas, 90 cm x 90cm: Hester provides a sense of scale. Photobombed by my own cat.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Swiss Army Bot.

Swiss Army Bot. For all eventualities. View larger here.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Far to Go?

You know what those long car journeys can be like.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


All the Lovely Colours of Rust

And It's Still Warm First Thing in the Morning

Brighter Later

Mist, Heather

Four new, more abstract, square canvases. 

The interesting textured finish on the rust one I achieved by putting it in the oven in order to try and dry off the painted edges, only it was far too hot and the paint bubbled. I got it out before it was 'dry' to the point of needing to be extinguished, but I quite liked what happened as a result even if it was completely accidental and fairly idiotic. Don't dry oil paintings in the oven. For one thing, it smells.

All four paintings will be exhibited in the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso as part of 'Absent Friends,' a sort of little sibling to the Art @ Ancrum weekend, which is happening Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th of May. Lots of talent on view there as always, so make some time to go and have a look.


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