• Creative Process

    Ideation Drawing -The Route to Better Composition

    Do you want to maximise the potential of your ideas? Ideation drawing is the solution. It involves quickly sketching out initial concepts for a project, without worrying about perfection. The focus is on generating a variety of first concept ideas and exploring different compositional possibilities. I’ve learned that this method can lead to more fully realised and  successful artwork. By…

  • Creative Process

    Understand the Creative Process to Make Better Work

    The creative process serves as a framework for the evolution of a creative project. There is no one “right” way to follow this process. You will encounter various slightly different definitions and terminology for the stages, so don’t expect to find a single, universally accepted version. Ultimately, you will tailor the process to suit your own working style. Begin by…

  • Creative Process

    How to Be More Consistently Creative at Art

    Are you looking to boost your creative output and make more interesting artwork? By improving your process, you can increase your chances of producing better ideas and having a more fulfilling creative experience. In this article, we’ll explore six pieces of advice for improving your creative thinking and taking your art to the next level. So don’t wait – start…

  • My Work

    Painting: If Not Here Then Where

    This portrait of my partner completed in July 2021 and eitled ‘If Not Here Then Where’ is a deeply personal one that aims to capture a time when we were not sure if our location was the right one (we’re still not sure). We’ve spent years looking for other places to be the ‘right’ place to live but have decided…

  • My Work

    Painting: Neowise

    This painting reflects a time for me when I felt very connected to the night sky. This coincided with the arrival of the comet ‘Neowise’. I’m an avid sky watcher and events like this are very interesting to me. This is a self portrait and I’m reaching into the night sky, immersing my hands in the red that represents blood…

  • My Work

    Painting: Ronnie Buddha

    Ronnie was a larger than life character who I encountered when he was studying welding at evening class. Uncompromising would the best way to describe him. He was a real north east Scotland character and the landscape in the background was intended to reflect this. I’m sad to report that recently I have learned of Ronnie’s untimely passing. Thoughts are…

  • My Work

    Painting: Nocturne 18

    This is an older painting of mine from 2018. I’d forgotten it existed honestly, although it hangs in our downstairs toilet at the moment! It had become such a part of the scenery that I’d stopped noticing it. Yesterday I nearly knocked it off the wall by accident while chasing a fly and it made me stop and look at…