I took part in the summer version of this and it was great fun – I hope to do at least one photo a week for it, which may well relate to my art. The more take part the merrier.

Into The Orchard


Photo Credit: UCLA

Well back in the summer me and the kids decided to do a photography project, blatantly stealing the themes idea from the Guardian newspaper.  The difference for us was a) the kids were going to set the themes and b) we were going to use social media via twitter and this blog to run it.  This would help all of us to educate ourselves about these new mediums and to show the kids some of it’s incredible creative and connective possibilities.  At the time I had no idea what we were doing but realised that even if no one else took part we had a great summer holiday project.  The project for us worked really well as there was always time during the holidays when you might be at a loose end but we always had the project – either to get them looking for what they…

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Homemade Pens and Good News

I had a pile of dip pen nibs lying around and no holder for them – so what to do? Get some willow, duct tape and get making. I also made a folding pen yesterday using a cider can, old brush handle and ever useful duct tape. It makes some nice marks. They all look a little homemade and crude but I kind of like that aesthetic. (The burnt cardboard is for a college project).

I found out yesterday that I have got a placement on a college/uni scheme where I get to help out one morning or afternoon with a local primary school class with teaching art. It’s only for 8 weeks but it will be good experience and will determine whether I enjoy working in a classroom environment or not.

Birthday Seascape



This is the painting I did for my girlfriends 40th birthday (yesterday). It’s based on one of the earlier college sketchbook pages I did which she liked a lot. And the Isle of Harris and its fab beaches is one of our favourite places. It didn’t turn out as abstract as I would have liked but its not fr off looking like the original but much smaller sketch.

Sculpture Experiments




These are a few app-filtered photos of the sculpture experiments we have been doing at college. Using the fantastic vacuum former machine I placed some objects onto a plaster head and formed a plastic sheet over them. I think the results are quite interesting and the machine is a great piece of kit – it’s all going towards working out a solution for a final plaster piece. It’s also a world away from the 2D stuff I usually do.

Speed Drawing



I did this very quick doodle of Radiohead for a Twitter project the other night. It doesn’t look much like them and it wont win any prizes but each one took a matter of seconds and I really enjoyed doing it. As it turned out we did some speed drawing as a warm up in life drawing on Friday. Three minutes for each one and it was great fun- no time to over think the drawing, trying to catch the essence of the pose with rudimentary charcoal lines. The first one was just getting a feeling for doing it – by the third I was getting into the swing of it. Anyway, it was really enjoyable and I think it the class with a tangible learning curve.



An acrylic and polllyfilla sketch of Sheilabost beach in Harris. Been enjoying doing seascapes/landscapes recently. Always found ones I had done previously erring on the side of twee. I like the controlled mess thing – the more of them I do the more abstract potential I see. This one is only A4 – I’d like it to be the size of a transit van.