The spell of the sea

The spell of the sea 2

A new drawing started but still to be finished.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Cousteau

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New website

A new website and with CSS!

Sorry to be so nerdy or geeky – I’m not sure which applies to computer bores. At least the webpages load in the middle of the screen and not to one side like Gourock. Don’t ask me. I don’t know why Gourock is to one side.

The date for the exhibition has been decided – July 2013 so that gives loads of time to produce enough work and throw the dud stuff in the bin. I’ll let you know how things go.

Will add new work as and when.

And I have decided to go to London Book Fair 2012.

Howe of the Mearns

Have just been in Angus for a few days near Laurencekirk. The area, The Howe of the Mearns, was used as the setting for Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s trilogy of novels, A Scots Quair which includes ‘Sunset Song’.
There was a lot of snow still lying on the hills but the roads were clear. I eventually found what I wanted to draw – it was too cold to sit outside so I needed a quiet road where the car wouldn’t get in the way of farmers! Easier said than done.
The red clay is a great colour but unless the sun is shining – it wasn’t – it can be very ‘dreich’.
The sun eventually came out and warmed up the car. The rooks were making such a racket that I could hardly hear my radio! A great day.

Chieftan o’ the puddin race!

I drew this before eating it! – and it was more challenging than I expected – very subtle colours and its shape was fairly puddingy as well. Headed off to The Cloth Shop to buy some tartan for the background – I think this is Royal Stuart. I liked the Black Watch fabric but was told that a Macdonald can’t use a Campbell tartan! You live and learn. My own tartan is Buchanan – verrrrrry bright! BTW MacSweens definitely make the tastiest haggis! With lots of peppery neeps and fluffy mashed potatoes.