Monday, 23 January 2017

Dusk On Princes Street

I reckon this will be the last painting I'll produce for the forthcoming Moments exhibition next month at the Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh. It's an Edinburgh cityscape, showing people doing their shopping early one Thursday evening (Thursday being the day for late night shopping in the city). I wanted to catch the bright lights and the energy of the scene as the daylight fades, plus the female figure shown on the video advertising screen at the bus stop.

Moments will feature 60+ paintings by me and my friends Roy McGowan and Colin Joyce. It runs from Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th February 2017. The gallery is easy to find on Dundas Street, which is in the New Town area just a short walk from the city centre.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Red Door And Black Dress

How do you classify a painting like this? Is it figurative? Is it about architectural detail? In my mind, it's both these things. Your opinion would be welcome.

If you're interested, the doorway with its pillars and railings belongs to a grand house somewhere in Edinburgh's New Town. I changed the door colour and door number to anonymise the scene.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Cromwell Road SW7

Although this is being posted on New Year's Day 2017 - Happy New Year to you, by the way! - in fact it's my final painting of 2016, finished yesterday. Cromwell Road is a major road heading southwest from London City Centre through South Kensington, where some of the big museums are located. I'd just come out of a museum on a recent visit to London and I took a few photos of the traffic on the tree-lined roadway. This painting combines elements of two or three of the photos. I was drawn to the bright red buses which contrast strongly with all the background greenery. I'm a sucker for red, really.