For the first time, my ongoing project of ‘Encounters’ drawings and paintings is being exhibited, at A7 Art Space in Hawick, along with my larger paintings, old and new. Together with fellow artist Celyn ( C. L. Booth ), we have put on a joint exhibition showing our artworks, on display until 15th September.
The opening evening was a surprise, a delight and an inspiration. Thank you to everyone who came to support the artistic spirit.
I recently wrote about painting for the film Loving Vincent in Beshara Magazine. It’s a contemplation on the experience, the nature of animation, van Gogh’s vision, and the mysterious relationship between artist, artwork and beholder.
“To my left, an array of brushes and a careful selection of paint pots; to my right, the computer keyboard and a control for the camera which hangs from the ceiling. Beside the camera sits a projector, casting down a mysterious light. Above, connecting the camera and the projector, the computer monitor displays various images for reference, including rough video footage, photos of van Gogh’s paintings to study the technique and colour, and the live image the camera picks up. Then, directly in front of me, the focal point of this curious little room – the canvas board that will host the magic.
And I wonder: who was this man, Vincent van Gogh . . . “
16th January 2018
“Winter is the oldest season and it has some quality of the absolute about it. Yet, in truth, beneath the surface of Winter, the miracle of Spring is already in preparation. The cold is relenting, seeds are waking up, and colours are beginning to imagine how they will return. Then, imperceptibly, somewhere, one bud opens, and the symphony of renewal is no longer reversible. From the black heart of Winter, a miraculous, breathing plenitude of colour emerges.” – John O’Donahue
Painting a Christmas card design for the Chisholme Institute, inspired by the beech hedge which runs through the middle of the vegetable garden.