• Creative AI,  My Work

    New Work, Creative Process and AI

    It’s no secret that I’m an advocate of AI for creative work. In a recent post on Instagram for The Night Studio, I compared the fear of the rise of AI for creatives to the fear of photography when it first arrived. The tools are in some ways crude at the moment and I understand the contentions that creators have…

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    Sky Portrait Artist of the Year Experience

    Well it’s been a busy time round here and lot’s to reflect on in the past few months. Not much new painting at the moment as I’ve been busy on other projects but can’t wait to get back to it now especially after watching Sky Portrait Artist of the Year again. It’s fired me up and reminded me that it’s…

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    Painting: Ghost Control

    It’s difficult to explain fully what this piece of work means to me. It brings together for the first time a series of threads that have been with me for many years and in a language that feels more ‘me’. There is a pre-cursor to this painting and an interesting little bit of synchronicity attached to creation of this work.…

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    Painting: Portrait of Finn

    Around April time I started in earnest trying to cut down the time it takes to do an alla-prima portrait. My target was to get it into a three hour window. This one of those ‘training’ paintings. I started with blue acrylic underpainting and then used oil colour on top of that. You can see progress thumbnails below. Finn is…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Painting: Self Portrait

    This painting has a rich personal history. It was a very important one for me and was an affirmation of my identity at a very difficult time in my life. There is something of me in it that is not in any other work. I generally don’t like painting self-portraits, but I hadn’t painted one in many years. I was…

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    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…