Holiday from Art/Fitness


A quick scan of the excellent wordpress app tells me that I haven’t posted anything since the 19th of last month. That is clearly not often enough. The reason being, however, is that I seem to have taken a break from making any art since college finished. I’ve occasionally doodled in a wee sketchbook but that’s been the extent of my creative output. I thought I would be inspired to do some network in the artshed over the holidays but that hasn’t been the case so far. Instead I’ve been, arguably, busy with housework, the garden etc.


The other day I decided I have had enough of looking at my ever expanding middle aged waistline and set myself the goal of getting rid of it. So I dug out the running shoes and got to it. I don’t know what methods other folk employ when getting into, or back into, running but I like to start off with a few sessions of walk/run/walk/run. I count steps – 50 initially – as I go along and gradually increase the number of running steps to walking ones. I don’t need to reiterate the universal benefits of exercise here but already I feel a bit sharper, although there are a few unfamiliar aches in the legs now.

This morning, after I’ve dropped the kids off, I’m going to get some mountain biking back into my life. It’s been way too long since I had a blast round the local woods. I usually just leave from the house but seeing as my route back from nursery takes me past a nice big forestry commission wood with a variety of trails, it’s too good a chance to miss. School finishes tomorrow so I won’t have the chance to indulge myself like this for a while.

I do hope that I can keep up some kind of exercise routine and that it’s not just a summer fad. Much as I love the aesthetic of decay, it’s something I need to try and stall in my own body.


Back 2 It




I could hardly be described as prolific when it comes to this blogging business, but here I am again with a couple of random images – a digitally worked life drawing – original done with ink and a wooden skewer, and a couple of abstract muckabout things. Nothing startling, just some inkling of what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been off on holiday for the past couple of weeks and been a bit intermittent with the whole Internet thing – as for the blog – the lack of posts speaks for itself. So, what has been happening? Well, as nice as it is to have a week off college I am looking forward to getting back into it on Wednesday. I genuinely have missed creating.

I had a productive spell tidying out the artshed today. I picked up a new table at Ikea last week, set it up in the shed today, and I’m looking forward to getting some creativity going with it. While clearing out I found some interesting stuff I did last year – just some doodles and textured papers – its good finding old stuff that I might be able to exploit for new work. I’ll need all the help I can get in putting this portfolio together. I’m still at the sketchbook stage with most of my college work so a big push is needed to get some bigger work sorted out before Christmas.

A Few Holiday Snaps

It’s not a trip to Harris without a picture of the storefront.

I’ve seen the tent in worse places.

Despite the protests the kids loved camping.

Harris beaches are among the best on the planet – and they are (mostly) people-free.

Loads of nice textures lying around…

…and rust, of course.

The understated and brilliant Roddy Woomble at hebceltfest.

Scallops and calamari – better than the average festival food.