• The Orkney Herring Industry

    During the late 19th century the herring fishing industry on the Orkney Islands  became large-scale. During the six weeks of summer between 300 and 400 boats descended upon Stromness Harbour.The population would rise by 4-5000 people. Women and girls who followed the herring shoals around the British coast worked at the many curing stations on the […]

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  • Back to blog….

    One thought I had at the New Year was to get back to blogging…so at the end of February I have finally made it.It wasn’t an easy start to 2015 with a number of rejections,some expected some unexpected and appalling health.Art took a backseat while just getting on with family life took priority as usual.While I wasn’t […]

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  • Just juggling in general….

    Well to say it’s been a while is an understatement!In fact a Facebook Artist friend asked what gets in the way of your art which is easy to answer because as  a Mum then the list is endless…which isn’t a problem,just more juggling involved and differing priorities.  For the children one of the priorities is […]

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  • Vanaheim

    Another busy week…but in a good way.I’m in the middle of a watercolour- based mixed media phase at the moment.The Winter Olympic Games from Sochi are quite a distraction but inspirational .Having a TV in my studio/dining room means I can follow the action in between adding layers…..  I’m using Arches 300 gsm paper on […]

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  • A Time to Keep…..

    I had thought that I would have a relatively quiet start to the year.How wrong I was! My first solo exhibition opened at the Mustard Gallery in Langholm on 18 th January. I was hoping for positive feedback and was grateful for the opportunity of getting my work ‘out there’.The opening Saturday saw two sales….. ‘A Time to […]

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  • Yggdrasil

    Tomorrow sees the opening of my first solo exhibition at the  Mustard Gallery,Langholm. Entitled ‘Yggdrasil’,the body of work is inspired by my trip to the Orkney Islands and Norse mythology.The latest piece that I completed is called ‘A Time to Keep’-named after a book by George Mackay Brown,the Islands best known author and poet. This […]

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  • Back in the studio….

    Fingers crossed we’re all back to good health,antibiotics finished, children  back to school,back into routine and finally  back into the studio.My first solo exhibition at the Mustard Gallery ,Langholm opens on Saturday 18th January until 25th February.I’m therefore in the process of recording images ,dimensions,materials and carefully wrapping work to take over on Tuesday.I’ll be at […]

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  • A new year

     The end of a year and start  of a new one is always time for reflection -on what has passed and what the new year will hold.It has been another roller coaster year for us and the start of 2014 is going to be difficult as we deal with impending loss.We are fortunate to have so many […]

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  • Baking and The Biscuit….x

    Another busy week and only one week until the children finish school for the Christmas holidays.I’m currently putting work together for my exhibition at the Mustard Gallery,Langholm which starts on the 18th January,2014 until 25th February.I’ll be at the gallery on the opening Saturday to demonstrate my watercolour -based mixed media.Hope the weather holds off!Spring […]

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  • December 1st!

    Apologies that it has been so long since my last post but life and it’s priorities often get in the way of my art.It can be frustrating however a tragedy such as the Glasgow disaster on Friday night whereby a police helicopter not only fell out of the sky but landed on a crowded pub certainly […]

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  • Lochs and Trossachs

     It’s been October half-term in Dumfries and Galloway.As the parents belong to Holiday Property Bond , our birthday present was a week at Tigh Mor in the Trossachs. Tigh Mor, situated on the banks of Loch Achray, was a former hotel now converted into apartments with games room and swimming pool-ideal if the weather is […]

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  • Wigtown Book Festival 2013

    It’s been a busy week trying to get necessary information and images together for my Spring Fling 2014 application.Luckily my friend Julie Hollis at Cloud 9 Studio gallery was on hand to help with taking the final image and the resizing involved.Yesterday with temperatures hitting a balmy 20 degrees,my daughter and I set off for […]

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  • Harvesting……

    It’s been a while since I last posted.There have been a number of reasons-a busy summer and undertaking other projects have meant I haven’t been able to get in to the studio.In the meantime I have de-cluttered and deep-cleaned the house-numerous bags to the charity shops,rubbish for the tip and making use of Gumtree.According to […]

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  • And monkey came too…

    We spent the last week back in Yorkshire as Mr A had some holidays from work.The change in weather as we headed south into England became very noticeable with the temperature dropping 5 degrees and then we hit the rain.Day 1-rain,heavy,all day.We lost Africa as the river became a raging torrent. And then the sun […]

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  • Wandering….

     Well it’s been a while and I’ve been very busy doing everything but art.We’re now approximately halfway through our summer holidays and it’s been nothing if eventful!A couple of weeks ago we had a fantastic week in Yorkshire. On our journey down we detoured into the beautiful Lake District,heading for Grasmere and Dove Cottage. My […]

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  • Yorkshire Riviera

    We have just spent a wonderful week in North Yorkshire enjoying hot sunshine and temperatures around 26-28 degrees. It gave us an opportunity to relax after a busy school year and everything else that goes on in a busy family unit.A lot of time was spent down by the river,playing ball,collecting rocks and odd bits […]

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  • On vacation…

    This week saw the start of the  school holidays here in South-West Scotland.It’s been a week of cleaning,laundry,shopping,cooking,baking as we prepare to travel to Yorkshire for the week. It doesn’t often happen however we’ll be travelling light-T-shirts,suncream and beach towels! It’s going to be the hottest week of the year so playing in the river and […]

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  • Over the last few weeks I’ve been gathering ideas for more collage work. It was interesting at Spring Fling to have the opportunity to discuss techniques I use. Often I do things and while it may be noted in a sketchbook or journal,discussing it with someone makes me question and have a deeper understanding of […]

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  • ‘Humankind has not woven the web of life.We are but one thread within it.Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together.All things connect.’Chief SeattleChief Seattle  (1780-1866) was a Duwamish chief and namesake of the city of Seattle. It is the only major city in the United States named for […]

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  • Apologies for the blog delay as it’s been another busy and productive week. ‘Guid Nychburris’ or ‘Good Neighbours’ is a week- long festival in Dumfries which celebrates its Royal Charter issued by King Robert III in 1186. This move ensured loyalty of the town’s citizens to the monarch.Dumfries was never walled however the Riding of […]

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  • As the dust begins to settle and my energy levels start reaching near normal levels after the Spring Fling Open Studio event,I’ve been able to take stock of exciting developments that are beginning to come to fruition.On October 26th  of this year ,an exhibition of my work will open in Crown Gallery in Carlisle.The show […]

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  •  Today has been a quiet day getting the house back to normal, catching up with friends,delivering a piece of work and admiring its new home.It’s also been a chance to reflect on the last three days of Spring Fling.The weekend far exceeded my expectations.I was overwhelmed by the fact that people had made the time […]

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  • It’s the end of Day 2 of Spring Fling, the open studio event across Dumfries and Galloway.I didn’t know what to expect but the experience has been wonderful if not exhausting. So many people have come to see my work,my sketchbooks,interested by the narrative of the Orkney islands and Norse mythology.Comments and feedback have been exceptionally […]

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  •  The largest work on show at studio 70  this weekend in Spring Fling is ‘Muspelheim’,measuring 63 x 63 cm in its floating frame. In Norse mythology Muspelheim is the realm of fire, home of the fire gods and is one of the nine worlds of Yggdrasil.It features in both the creation and downfall of the […]

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  • In three days time I’ll open my doors along with 93 other participants in this year’s Spring Fling across Dumfries and Galloway. This last week has been a bit hectic with being away for the weekend and the day to day activities that seem to eat into what little time is left.I was at Abbey […]

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