Doodles in the margin from an artist living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Monday, 23 June 2014

The Paths of Glory.

Shane & Dixie; words by Richard Thompson, pictures by me.

There are some perhaps unnecessarily defensive notes at the end.

This is the third of three stories I'm thinking about combining into one volume. I drew it with the advice of Dan Berry in mind (Twitter's own @thingsbydan and host of the Make It Then Tell Everybody podcast) - "don't get it right, get it done."

It was really difficult. I have a massive problem with putting stuff out in public that I'm not absolutely airtight-satisfied with, but Dan Berry's point is that it's healthy sometimes just to do the damn thing. Start it, draw it, FINISH it. Also I wanted to step away from scratching away with Rotring pens, and I was - again - looking at Dan Berry's comics and how expressive and lovely they are while being relatively simple, so I used a dip pen because I'm not that familiar with it and it took some of the control of the line away from me.

A note on the lyrics: what Richard Thompson did for good rhyming reasons gave me some difficulties visually - a carbine (/mine) and a 16-bore (/floor) are two different things. I went for the carbine because it didn't seem quite plausible that Dixie would survive otherwise.

Also, it turned out that I was just about finishing it when Elliot Rodgers entered the news in such murderously mysoginist fashion, and there I was drawing a woman suffering a violent shooting. Very uncomfortable. Still, she survives, and it's clear Shane is a dick.

Anyway. I started it, drew it, finished it.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Another painting

Frosty sunrise from the train north of Berwick. Oil on canvas, 90 cm x 90cm: Hester provides a sense of scale. Photobombed by my own cat.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Swiss Army Bot.

Swiss Army Bot. For all eventualities. View larger here.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Far to Go?

You know what those long car journeys can be like.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


All the Lovely Colours of Rust

And It's Still Warm First Thing in the Morning

Brighter Later

Mist, Heather

Four new, more abstract, square canvases. 

The interesting textured finish on the rust one I achieved by putting it in the oven in order to try and dry off the painted edges, only it was far too hot and the paint bubbled. I got it out before it was 'dry' to the point of needing to be extinguished, but I quite liked what happened as a result even if it was completely accidental and fairly idiotic. Don't dry oil paintings in the oven. For one thing, it smells.

All four paintings will be exhibited in the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso as part of 'Absent Friends,' a sort of little sibling to the Art @ Ancrum weekend, which is happening Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th of May. Lots of talent on view there as always, so make some time to go and have a look.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Sea Monster

Sea Monster, Gulf of Thailand. My last small piece of Admiralty chart.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


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