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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

River Derwent. English Lake District

I am fasinated by light and dark contrasts. This is a view of the river Derwent near Castle Crag in the English Lake district.

Size 16" X 16" Oil on canvas

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Four Seasons at Retreat Cottage

 My large paintings of Four Seasons at Retreat Cottage are now on sale at The Nicolson Building Gallery, St Catherines Road, Forres, Moray.The Gallery has been refurbished and now has a pleasant coffee lounge. Exhibiting until 3rd August. Also exhibiting a wonderful collect of Photographs by Jack Martin entitled ' Through the Lens ' The Exhibition starts on Saturday 3rd May. Put it in your diary.
Do give it a look.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A bigger blue

Following the sale of my picture 'Sailing into Blue' at the Moray Art Club exhibition. I thought I would paint another one, but much bigger and in acrylics. This is the result. It is 30" x 30" and can be seen along with some of my other paintings at The Loft, East Grange Farm, Kinloss.
They are in the restaurant and the pottery.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sailing into Blue

I have put three paintings into The Moray Art Club exhibition at Elgin library. This one titled Sailing into Blue  has been sold. There is still time to see my other two paintings and all the other wonderful exhibits by some very talented artists. It ends this Friday at 8pm so hurry.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Five Sisters of Kintail

My latest mountain painting. This is my second attempt at this range of Scottish mountains. The view is from Ratagan on Loch Duich

60cm x 50cm on stretched canvas.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Nowhere Man

When The Beatles wrote the lyrics to ' Nowhere Man ' they probably didn't intend it to have a deep meaning. Indeed maybe it was a disparaging observation on a life lived without meaning! However there is a wisdom in No Where. There is a wisdom' in Not Going. There is a wisdom in Not Doing.
So many people are on ' a journey ' a journey to find themselves, to find the truth, to become enlightened.
Here in Findhorn we have a constant stream of ' Teachers ' claiming to give answers. Their workshops are well attended and if their methods don't work, well there is another ' way ' on offer by another teacher!
From my observations there is a certain type of deluded egoism at work here. It is fashionable to drop into conversations the revelation that " I am on a journey, I am on the path " Here in Findhorn everybody is on a ' journey ' so endless conversations about the collective ' journey ' take place and reinforce the seekers determination to get ' there '
But where is  there? Where is it?
Actually it is nowhere and it is everywhere. It just is. It is not necessary to follow the latest teachers workshop or Utube video. Save your money and sit. Sit and watch the sea. Sit and contemplate nature, a wonderful sunset, the miracle of a bee and the warmth of the sun. You are part of this. Isn't it enough?