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

Monday, 23 November 2015

If the Face Fits

Back on the Holbein trail again; Lady Lister, Misfit fan.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Colinton Firrhill

Colinton Firrhill. A man made for widescreen and Technicolour.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Gorgie & Drem.

The well-waxed eyes and piercing moustache of Drem Gullane, who played a laird in eighty-three Hollywood films between 1947 and 1965. Currently living in the Athelstaneford area.

Plus Gorgie Dalry, the Pittenweem Joan Crawford.

Friday, 23 October 2015

...And Again

Behold the elegantly languorous Corstorphine Clermiston.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

On the Road Again

Today was a good day. We went to pilates class this morning, and then I spent all afternoon humpbacked at the drawing board thoroughly re-crabbing my posture. 

I haven't sat down to draw for what feels like a long time; I've had a head full of homework and reports and targets targets targets, so it was pleasing to put a fence around all of that and spend a few much-needed hours just drawing.

I'm working on a small set of portrait drawings which will eventually (I hope) be on display in the Bon Papillon gallery in Edinburgh, run by Stuart and Ingrid. We have Ingrid's splendid work in the Coldstream Gallery and I recognised her straight away someone who shares an interest in laughing at funny-looking people with odd names. 

First finished is the avuncular character actor Gifford Humbie. A cheery old cove.

Monday, 12 October 2015


I'm quite interested in trying to capture the light you get after the sun goes down, when colours are not at all what you see in the daylight. You end up mixing in some odd things to try and get that indefinably vague almost non-colour colour. Or just colour your trees all purple. That works too.

Sunwick After Sunset, oil on canvas, 20cm x 20cm.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

More Moors.

Heather Burning, Feuar's Moor, oil on canvas, 90cm x 90cm

Meteor Watching in the Lammermuirs, oil on canvas 20cm x 20cm


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