stories and illustration

Happy New Year


December 31, 2018 Posted by | Art, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Hare in the Garth, Evening

hare in the garth

June 23, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Hare in the Garth

hare in the garth

July 8, 2017 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Season’s Greetings


Have a great time over the Christmas holiday, and a peaceful and happy New Year.

December 19, 2016 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Midnight Hare page 25 and 23



Realised that I had probably posted page 25 before, and can’t trace 23, so have included that, and will probably not now post any more images of The Midnight Hare, except perhaps the cover, until the book is much nearer ready to print. One of the reasons I have posted images is that I have been a victim of plagiarism in the past and am fond of this story and don’t want this to happen; at least if the book is kind of out there I can prove my original authorship. Am still debating whether to kind of do it myself (under the aegis of a smaller publisher) or send it out to mainstream publishers; there have been developments in both practical terms and in my attitude to the book.  There are surely advantages in keeping control of one’s work, and I don’t see that an agent could not be approached to possibly deal with further rights.  We shall see.  In the meantime, after a bit of a hiatus, I am back to work.  Have to finish my Christmas card first, then it is back to finishing the pictures; or enough of them to send out, if that is what I decide. Next year I want to work more loosely on larger canvases, that should be fun. But children’s picture books are a real love, no doubt of that.

November 29, 2016 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Midnight Hare:A Boy Called Milo…

A boy called Milo

March 2, 2016 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Midnight Hare: A Boy Called Milo…

A Boy Called Milo

February 21, 2016 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Four Stages of a Painting: Fly-By-Night

fly-by-night 2Fly-By-Night, painting in acrylic, neocolor II and conte, to be shown at The Coldstream Gallery in an exhibition entitled “Imagine”.

October 3, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments



October 3, 2014 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | 7 Comments

Bats, Liddesdale, Hares and Dancers


This painting was in my last blog, in a gallery, which I have come to dislike as a format for painted images, so I thought I would put the painting I like best separately. The dancers in the back are travellers, the little pierrot fiddler is a tad melancholy.  The field is a real field in Liddesdale, where there are curlews and hares and reeds.  This is hill-farming country. You can walk into the landscape and see no-one for hours, the hefted sheep in many parts do not have any boundary posts, just wander over the hills. By the roadside, along a mile stretch of road, in one week in July, I found over seventy varieties of flowers. The landscape of the Liddel Valley has probably been witness great violence, as it was right in the heart of Reiver country, but now it is one of the most tranquil places imaginable, much of it gone back to animals and plants. In the house where we were staying there are bats.  The inhabitants of the previous week I was told had been ambushed by “about 30 bats (or 50 by another account)” which had unfortunately made their lives unendurable in the house.  In July the bats hatch out, and these visitors must have hit the house at just the wrong time.  We only came across three or four of the creatures in the house.  You can’t get rid of bats in the evening, they just fly round and round, better turn of the light and forget them, and remove them gentlyfrom the curtains(in a handkerchief or using gloves, as bat bite is dangerous)  and put them outside whilst they are sleeping during the day.

August 6, 2014 Posted by | Art, Painting, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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