February 1st, 2015 – Sunday


This is my first post of the year. I think a lot of last year’s posting was reflective and unsure about where I was going and where this blog was going. Still no closer to an answer for that! Hopefully, you will stick with me if what I am doing is interesting…

In the last 2 months of 2014 I produced a number of paintings, the main set was the “Tomioka” series. Over the last 2 weeks, I have produced another painting that I would include in the set, although it’s called “Dance To The Music“.

dance to the music

The image shown here is just a crop of the full work. It’s a large canvas at 5×4 ft, and you can see the full work here, within the Tomioka section.

The reason behind the title? Well, roughly I take a lot of inspiration from the Scottish landscape, more in terms of energy, not direct visual copying scenes. When you listen to music, if it’s good it ‘moves’ you spiritually, then it will begin to move you physically.  You dance.

When you look out upon a beautiful natural scene and it moves you spiritually then why not also let it move you physically? Dance to the music the mountains are creating. The music of the trees and the sky. The stars.

(It’s also the title of a brilliant Sly & The Family Stone song…)

There was a second reason that kind of kicked this line of thinking, as I painted the trees and as opposed to blending and merging the tree areas into one another as I normally do I made very defined blocks of uniform tone. As the painting progressed I thought the ridges of the tree line looked a little like a sound wave.


(image source)

This got me thinking of music and I went down a wee rabbit hole of thought and concepts about if I could take a particular bit of music, view the sound waveform like above, and paint my trees just like it, perfectly…

Then I thought about reversing the process and taking my painted scene and using that as a sound wave pattern and could a program generate a sound from the forms I had painted….. What does a painting actually sound like?

Yes I know, bizarre thinking. But not that crazy as some technology has been developed and I think there could be a concept project in this. I made a video with a very basic program I found.


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bmnMBt9474&w=420&h=315]

I also decided to restore the first window I had ever made, from way back in 98/99 when I did the NC Decorative Glasswork course in Glasgow.  It had been in a garage ever since and the lead had deteriorated past just giving it a brush-up. The general leading could have been better, well it was my first window, so I decided to take the whole thing apart and rework it.

The design was good essentially, I just made some adjustments using as much of the original glass as I could.

This window was originally inspired by Neil Young’s first album cover from 1969.  I have called it Dawn and it’s available to view on the webpage also.

stained glass dawn
stained glass dawn

Currently, I am gearing up for the Southside Fringe Festival. If you follow the blog you’ll know what I did last summer, and this year I have been asked to coordinate the art side of things. So lots to do. 96 days away!!!

In line with the efforts that will take both time & finance, I am having a studio sale. I also just want to start this year with a bit of a fresh palette. Clean water in a way.

I did produce around 30/40 works last year alone, but I am sitting on some paintings 2/4/6 even 10 yrs old. So I’ve made sweeping reductions on the prices in a bid to clear some space for myself.  After producing a lot of good work last year I want to maintain that, and not have to spend my time on sales of old work.


Cheers see you soon.

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