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The Red Flag

I visited the scene of the Battle of Culloden (1746) last weekend. A wander through the thoroughly excellent exhibition spills the viewer out onto the battlefield where red flags mark the line of attack  of the British Government troops.The blue and white of Scottish Saltire marks the position of the Jacobite clans and Bonnie Prince Charlie before their charge. The flags fly high over the flower covered moorland and
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Hebridean Holiday

  Just back from a glorious two weeks in the Outer Hebrides. Sketching and painting every day with lots of locations to choose from, North Uist, Berneray and Harris to name a few. Now to transform all that onto canvas!
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The Glory of the Garden

Beautifull day here in bonny Scotland and the garden is looking lovely. These stunning irises are in full bloom, I love their wonderfull colour mix of blue and gold.
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Island Spring

The RSPB bird reserve on the island of Islay’s western edge is a wonderfull place of dunes, tides and sky. The mountains of the island of Jura can be seen to the south and there is always an interesting play of light on the landscape. When I visit Islay it is one of the first places I go and paint. My painting ‘Springtime Ardnave.Islay’ is in the Tolquhon Gallery’s Spring Exhibition which open
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Waterway

From my home, the Forth and Clyde Canal is but a short walk or cycle, always interesting, but very gorgeous in the first weeks of spring, the hawthorn heavy with blossom and the canal sparkling in the clear sunshine, a lovely place to be.’Spring on the Canal’ is showing at The Green Gallery’s February Show. http://www.greengallery.com
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Winter Walk

Had a lovely walk round Drumbreck Nature Reserve near Kilsyth, the late afternoon sun staining the landscape some lovely shades of pink. Once home to coal pits and mineral extraction it has been transformed to grassland, woodland and marsh habitat for many birds and insects. From this low plain the Barr Hill is clearly visible where remnants of Iron Age and Roman forts can still be seen. Despite the cold I managed to
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The Old Road

There’s an old road that winds it’s way above the southern shore of Loch Lomond through bits of birchwood and finally a long stretch of exposed moor from where the walker is rewarded by an expansive view of the loch and Ben Lomond. This is one of my favourite walks no matter what the weather is doing, sometimes the wilder the better! I have painted it often especially in the winter months with the moorlan
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New Beginings.

In the midst of Winter it is helpfull to look forward to the next Spring season. I often walk near my home around the old estate of Mugdock where ancient oak woodlands are carpeted in bluebells in the Spring. As subject matter they are fantastic to paint with their gorgeous colours of greens and blues.’Spring Woodland’ is one of these works and at the moment is exhibited  at the Smithy Gallery in Strathbl
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Great Missenden Christmas Fair

Set in the Chiltern Hills and once home of Roald Dahl and now home of the museum celebrating his life and work, the village of Great Missenden will be hosting it’s Christmas Fair this Saturday the 26th of November from 3pm ’till 8pm. The gallery for Carina Haslam Art, based in the High Street, will be taking part with works from £350. Should be a great day out! Here’s a sunny one of mine ‘Sunf
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Show Time!

Had a lovely day out this Sunday at two great galleries in the Scottish countryside, the Smithy Gallery in Strathblane and the Green Gallery in Buchlyvie. Both were opening their Christmas Shows where I am exhibiting paintings. Delighted to have sold one in each show. Lots of lovely work to see and buy. Get along!   www.smithygallery.com showing ‘Crofts in Sunset’ www.greengallery.com showing’Y
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