Pittenweem Arts Festival 2013

Last year we had great weather, this year it was fantastic. The festival was very busy with people enjoying the beach as well as the artwork.


Every artist gets a blue board with their venue number and I add a painted driftwood sign because my venue is split between the wash house and the shore path (under gazebos).


This year the town was decorated with bicycles for Pittenweem In Bloom. At my venue we had a green bike and it was themed after Mary’s amazing garden.


There was some time to relax and inspired by Vivian Maier I took a self portrant.



View From Newton Hall Guest House, Inveraray


At the weekend Andrew and I went to Inverary for a short break. We stayed in a lovely guest house called Newton Hall. It was a real treat to stay here, the owner made us feel really welcome. The views over Loch Fyne were spectacular. The photo above shows the view. I did a quick study using watercolour and neocolour crayons as the sun was setting. Then we went to the George Hotel for a wonderful meal.


When I got up I used my tombow pens for this monotone study of the misty morning light before we both headed for a full Scottish breakfast. The two birds flew past just at the right moment for me to consider them in the composition, very convenient of them.

Ludovico Einaudi


Its cold and snowing outside, however I am listening to this new CD  “In a Time Lapse” by Ludovico Einaudi. He is an Italian pianist and Alt-Classical musician. I purchased it after hearing one of the songs on Classic FM “Burning” its enchantingly beautiful. I love the whole album and it is great background music while painting in the studio.


Studio View, Pastel

Yesterday afternoon I went into the Studio to sort out some things and the sky above Dundee was looking really dramatic. It made me think of the challenge I have set the students at St Andrews Art Club. I have asked them to do pastel studies of the sky and promised I would be doing it too. This started out as a sky study then I couldn’t stop and continued painting trying to capture the fleeting light.