HMS Duncan spotted in Istanbul July 2019

Whilst on holiday in Istanbul we had gone out for an evening stroll with the children. I left my wife and sister in law chatting away watching the kids in a playground. I decided I would have 20 mins spare and so I headed for the water. It was only 30 meters. Anyway I was …

Nearly Ready for Musselburgh Art Club Exhibition on the 3rd August

Nearly Ready for Musselburgh Art Club Exhibition on the 3rd August. Another year but this one was tough. Alexander reduces time that I have free. Tanya is now a club member and is hosting a craft table with hand painted glass, greeting cards, candles, gift boxes and some other extras. So Anna was working with …

My pain and why not everyone understands

I have never written much about pain in the past and until now I have not thought about why. I am not really sure why “I understand” but here goes…  Firstly I think that I am honest with myself about my pain. That’s a good start. A long while ago I met someone in hospital and he …

Why does calling the doctor cause so much stress?

Well regardless or not what your medical need is it is simply not acceptable that it takes 51 attempts from 0829 to have the doctors phone even ring. It’s not fair on patients and causes me significant reluctance to actually call them. Now I do want to say that my usual doctors(when I get lucky …

EAST LOTHIAN ARTISTS EXHIBITION 10th Feb – 2nd May 2018

I am delighted to be able to put in a couple of images as a sample of my work into the exhibition in Haddington. Its a long run so plenty time to be had there are over 80 painting at the last count. Details as follows    EAST LOTHIAN ARTISTS EXHIBITION 10th Feb – 2nd …

I will be showing my new works at the Musselburgh Art Club Annual Club Exhibition 2017

I will be showing my new works at Musselburgh Art Club Annual Club Exhibition 2017.  Now I did post this already today on www.musselburghartclub.com on behalf of the club but in case you missed it here it is… Scan the QR Code to see the Facebook event for the exhibition!    Musselburgh Art Club will …

Spring plein air painting in the Pentlands

So Saturday morning in the Pentlands .. It was good fun but I got sunburnt even with a Cap and Hood up but the wind was so strong and lets just say my easel did not survive the trip.   The other observation was that my oil paints were very fluid so much more than …

Spring plein air painting in Musselburgh

So on last Sunday I was able to grab the painting gear and hit Musselburgh.. problems were I had only 60 or 90 minutes. It was dependant on Alexander either sleeping while his mum walks with him.. thankfully it turned out to be nearly 90 minutes but it was not quite long enough.  Why, mainly …

Snoopy at the Sick Kids children’s hospital edinburgh that I doodled/painted this year.

It was a couple of months back now but it was a late Friday evening and one of the kids started feeling very, very unwell. It’s always easy to say afterwards that it was an over reaction to call 999 but we did not overreact that night. Sp the ambulance crew arrived in less than …

Today is pain awareness day so seems right to paint while the sun is out!

  The sun was out and so it felt the right time for painting outdoors. Of course my house does not look out towards Seattle but the cityscape was inclosed with a gift Tanya and I received for our son Alexander. The gift was a christening present of a really cool Seattle Seahawks shirt which is …

Urban sketching in the sun followed by a walk and a pint

What a nice day today. Painted outside the house with Alexander for a while in the morning. It was glorious and has got my painting and urban sketching appetite going. Should Urban Sketching in East Lothian interest you? Then please have a look at my other post about urban sketching in Musselburgh or East lothian …

Looking into starting a Musselburgh and East Lothian Urban Sketchers Group

If anyone is looking for any urban sketching in Musselburgh or East Lothian? If so, then send me a message maybe we can recruit a few local budding companions for days when the sky is blue or the sea is rough? Scottsibbald.co.uk is looking into the creating of Musselburgh East Lothian Urban sketcher’s Group? Have you heard …

Train sketching and even a bit of nuclear train spotting on the way.. Nice 

Train sketching and even a bit of nuclear train spotting on the way.. Nice So today was another day trip to the pain clinic in Glasgow. It’s a repeat of a trip from last month but I need to go and replace my power charger for my spinal cord stimulator. While the trip is a …

Great view south east from Prestonpans station

Last Thursday was a Lovely day, cold fresh and so tempting to paint.. I thought I will do that now on the train to another hospital appointment in Glasgow. It worked out in the end but the problem was on the return journey when someone brushed my arm and now I have a pencil line …

Urban Sketching while attending Edinburgh’s hospitals

Urban Sketching at Edinburgh regional hostpitals. It’s not unusual for me to visit hospitals but as I had a lot of December appointments I also wanted to use the time better than reading an old copy of a magazine. I decided to bring my outdoor sketching kit and started to draw the area where I …