• 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • Post Spring Fling

    Spring Fling Open Studios event took place across the Dumfries & Galloway region on the weekend of 25-27 May.95 artists and makers opened their doors to their galleries,workshops, studios and houses and welcomed visitors from all over the world . Studio 66 on the Orange Route-ready for action….. As this was my second year of participating, […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • September Start-up……

    It’s been a great week which  involved seeing art as well as finally getting back to creating it.On Friday I drove  across to Langholm to the excellent Mustard Gallery to see the opening exhibition of work by Gill Shreeve. Her acrylic abstract work is wonderful-backed by images of her up on the hills in all […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • Had a great day in the studio. After a frantic weekend I decided to leave the large canvas that is sat there waiting. I chose instead to play around with some of the papers I have accumulated. After making marks on a few, I decided to make little scrolls. This will most likely become part […]

    Read More

  • As my exhibition at the Crown Gallery,Carlisle starts on October 26th I reckon that with the summer holidays starting here in Scotland next week then I have to remain focused -otherwise time is going to drift on by ….Wimbledon too is a huge distraction but with Nadal going out then I’m not so interested!I’ve had a […]

    Read More

  • Maeshowe is one of the most impressive chambered tombs in Orkney.Thought to date from around 2700BC, it is constructed from Orkney flagstones some of which weigh up to 30 tonnes and clay.There is a low entrance passage on the south-west side of the mound which leads into a large central chamber.Three smaller side-cells branch off […]

    Read More

  • 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 […]

    Read More

  • ‘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 […]

    Read More

  • I started a new piece of work based on the Three Norns who sit at the base of Yggdrasil and weave the destiny of men.    I feel that this will be an important element in the body of work I am currently developing for my exhibition at Crown Gallery,Carlisle starting late  October. I’m particularly […]

    Read More