Time, boredom and that 4am feeling

Time, boredom and that 4am feeling

When I was a kid, stuck in the family caravan in the Trossachs on yet another rainy weekend I’d get fed up of reading or drawing or staring out the window, and complain to my parents of boredom. I can remember my mother answering briskly “If you’re bored it’s because...
Watching the winter skies

Watching the winter skies

  At this time of year in Orkney the light fades so fast it seems to start getting dark just after lunch. As the Winter Solstice draws near we’re switching lights on by 3.30pm. By 4 o’clock in the afternoon the windows have become black mirrors. We draw the...
“FLOW” THE MOVIE LAUNCHED!

“FLOW” THE MOVIE LAUNCHED!

A few weeks ago I returned to the Balfour Hospital to record some video for Orkney’s virtual Doors Open Day. The finished video was launched for the DOD weekend of Sept 26/27 and it’s still available on my Vimeo. In it, I explain a bit about this project...
When the road ahead is blocked, take the scenic route

When the road ahead is blocked, take the scenic route

I am often asked about the fact that I am both a writer and a visual artist, and how these two creative practices fit together. I was asked this question again at the lovely book launch event at the new “Threshing Floor Theatre” that was held this weekend...
WATCHING WATER

WATCHING WATER

I’ve been working on a new series of drawings and paintings that continue my fascination with watching how water moves in, through and around the landscapes and shores of Orkney. Here’s a selection of new pieces, and as the work progresses I’ll keep...
ORKNEY SHORE

ORKNEY SHORE

The natural environment of Orkney is strongly influencing my recent work, particularly the constant, dynamic movement of water and weather. I am thinking a lot about what it means to live on an island surrounded by the wide sea horizon, and experiencing that as a kind...

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